Volunteer Leadership

The SAU Foundation Board of Governors steward and support Southern Arkansas University’s fundraising goals while serving as the governing body for SAU Foundation.  They oversee the foundation and its investments on behalf of donors and SAU. 

These experienced leaders dedicate their time and talents to secure a strong future for SAU.  Our board governors come from a variety of backgrounds, with one common thread: sincere dedication to the success of SAU.  Members meet quarterly and are led by four officers and six committees, which include Audit, Development, Governance, Investment Management, Membership, and Scholarship.  

2022-2023 Officers

  • Chair – Jennifer Pierce
  • Vice Chair – Steve Card
  • Secretary – Allison Schultz
  • Treasurer – John Dews

Board of Governors 2021-2022

Governing Members

Debbie Arnold '85 (2022)

Debbie Arnold '85 (2022)

Magnolia, Arkansas
Senior VP of Marketing
Peoples Bank

Travis Buchanan '78 (2022)

Travis Buchanan '78 (2022)

Norman, Oklahoma
Operations Manager
Upstream International

Steve Card '83 (2023)

Steve Card '83 (2023)

Magnolia, Arkansas
Regulatory Advisor
Albemarle Corporation

Cory Childs '99 (2024)

Cory Childs '99 (2024)

Dallas, Texas
Sr. Legal Counsel, Governance & Regulatory
Santander Consumer

Tim Daniels '77 (2023)

Tim Daniels '77 (2023)

Camden, Arkansas
Retired Professor

John Dews '77 (2024)

John Dews '77 (2024)

Hot Springs, Arkansas
Retired, Bank President

John Dumas '79 (2022)

John Dumas '79 (2022)

El Dorado, Arkansas
Retired, Murphy Oil Corporation

Monty Harrington '93

Monty Harrington '93

Chair, SAU Board of Trustees
Magnolia, Arkansas
Magnolia Market President
Farmers Bank & Trust

Iverson Jackson '86 (2023)

Iverson Jackson '86 (2023)

Little Rock, Arkansas
Retired, Lieutenant Colonel
U.S. Army Reserve

Julia Laney-Machen (2022)

Julia Laney-Machen (2022)

Magnolia, Arkansas
Retired, Non-profit Director

Jerry Mayfield '70 (2023)

Jerry Mayfield '70 (2023)

Houston, Texas
Retired, CEO
Universal Pegasus International

Evan McCrary '13 (2024)

Evan McCrary '13 (2024)

Little Rock, Arkansas
Senior Financial Analyst
Amazon

Joe Pieratt '92 (2023)

Joe Pieratt '92 (2023)

Magnolia, Arkansas
Chief Information Officer
Farmers Bank & Trust

Jennifer Pierce '92 (2021)

Jennifer Pierce '92 (2021)

Little Rock, Arkansas
Attorney
Mitchell Williams Law Firm

David Rankin, Ph. D. (Emeritus)

David Rankin, Ph. D. (Emeritus)

Magnolia, Arkansas
Retired, President
Southern Arkansas University

Allison Schultz '85 (2023)

Allison Schultz '85 (2023)

Magnolia, Arkansas
COO & President
Southern Aluminum

Edelma Simes '71 (2024)

Edelma Simes '71 (2024)

West Helena, Arkansas
Retired, Dean
Phillips Community College

Betty Stringfellow '62 (Emeritus)

Betty Stringfellow '62 (Emeritus)

Little Rock, Arkansas
Retired, Insurance VP

Patsy Taylor '71 (2022)

Patsy Taylor '71 (2022)

Glenn Heights, Texas
Business Owner

Orlando Todd '80 (2023)

Orlando Todd '80 (2023)

Prosper, Texas
Retired
Entergy Services, Inc.

Stephen Weaver '93 (2023)

Stephen Weaver '93 (2023)

Prosper, Texas
Business Owner

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Trey Berry

Dr. Trey Berry

Magnolia, Arkansas
President
Southern Arkansas University

Roger Giles

Roger Giles

Magnolia, Arkansas
VP for Administration
Southern Arkansas University

Josh Kee

Josh Kee

Magnolia, Arkansas
VP for Advancement
Southern Arkansas University

Shawana Reed

Shawana Reed

Magnolia, Arkansas
VP for Finance
Southern Arkansas University

Amy Freedman

Amy Freedman

SAU Alumni Association Board Chair
Texarkana, Texas
Attorney
Law Offices of Amy Freedman

Mission Statement

The mission of Southern Arkansas University Foundation is to assist and coordinate in raising and managing funds and resources on behalf of Southern Arkansas University to be used exclusively in furthering the literary, scientific, and educational purposes of the university.

Contact Us

Southern Arkansas University Foundation, Inc.
100 East University, MSC 9174 · Magnolia, Arkansas 71753-2181 
Telephone: (870) 235-4078
Fax: (870) 235-5356

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