Volunteer Leadership

The SAU Foundation is directed by a Board of Governors who serve a term of three years. New governors are elected annually by the board from nominees suggested by the board, the alumni association, the SAU faculty, and friends of the Foundation. Governors receive no compensation for their services.

2019-2020 Officers

  • Chair Mike Dumas
  • Vice Chair Jennifer Pierce
  • Secretary Debbie Arnold
  • Treasurer Dr. David Rankin

Board of Governors 2019-2020

Governing Members

Arnold, Debbie 2Debbie Arnold (2022)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Senior VP of Marketing People’s Bank

Baine, CharlotteCharlotte Baine  (2021)
El Dorado, Arkansas
Retired Middle School Counselor

Lawrence Bearden, Board of Trustees Chair
Smackover, Arkansas
Independent Oil Producer

Bell, RogerRoger Bell (2021)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Financial Advisor

Brooks, PhilPhil Brooks (2020)
Plano, Texas
First Vice President, Investments, Raymond James & Associates

Travis Buchanan  (2022)
Norman, Oklahoma
Operations Manager

Burns, Molly 2Molly Harsh Burns (2020)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Retired Teacher

Tim Daniels (2023)
Camden, Arkansas
Retired Professor

Dumas, John 2John Dumas  (2022)
El Dorado, Arkansas
Retired Insurance VP, Murphy Oil

Dumas, MikeMike Dumas  (2021)
Houston, Texas
Chief Financial Officer, Intermarine USA

Jo Beth Glass  (2021)
Prescott, Arkansas
Owner and Insurance Agent/Glass Insurance Agency, LLC

Larry Henderson  (2021)
Texarkana, TX
CPA/Wilf & Henderson, P.C.

Hendrix, Kent 2C. Kent Hendrix  (2020)
Hope, Arkansas
Mortgage Banker/Construction Company Owner

Iverson Jackson (2023)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Retired Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army Reserve

Machen, Julia 2Julia Laney Machen  (2022)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Retired Non-profit Director

Joe Pieratt (2023)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Chief Operations Officer, Farmers Bank & Trust

Jennifer Pierce  (2021)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Attorney, Mitchell Williams Law Firm

Rankin, DavidDavid Rankin, Ph. D. (2021)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Retired Southern Arkansas University President

Ray, Bo 2Terry “Bo” Ray (2021)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Education Consultant, ERJ Associates

Alan Ribble (2020)
Texarkana, Arkansas
Business Owner

Stringfellow, BettyBetty Stringfellow (2021)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Retired Insurance VP

Patsy Taylor (2022)
Glenn Heights, TX
Business Owner

Orlando Todd (2023)
Prosper, TX
Retired Entergy Services, Inc. Director

Watson, TomTom Watson (2020)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Landman, Munoco

Ex-Officio Members

Berry, TreyDr. Trey Berry
Magnolia, Arkansas
President, Southern Arkansas University

Giles, RogerRoger Giles
Magnolia, Arkansas
Vice President for Administration, SAU

Kee, JoshJosh Kee
Magnolia, Arkansas
Vice President for Advancement, SAU

Reed, ShawanaShawana Reed
Magnolia, Arkansas
Vice President for Finance, SAU

Amy Freedman, Alumni Board President
Texarkana, TX
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

100 E. University MSC 9174
Magnolia, AR 71753-2181
Overstreet 306
Office (870) 235-4078
Fax (870) 235-5356