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.  

2023-2024 Officers

  • Chair – Erica Woods
  • Vice Chair – Laura Winning
  • Secretary – Nate Evers
  • Treasurer – John Dews

Board of Governors 2022-2023

Governing Members

Joey Baker ' 77

Joey Baker ' 77

Little Rock, Arkansas
Instructor at UAMS College of Pharmacy
& book author
Investment Committee

Steve Card '83

Steve Card '83

Magnolia, Arkansas
Land Manager at Albemarle Corporation
Vice-Chair; Governance Committee

Cory Childs '99

Cory Childs '99

Dallas, Texas
Attorney at Santander Consumer
Governance Committee

Tim Daniels '76

Tim Daniels '76

Camden, Arkansas
Retired University Professor
Membership and Scholarship Committees

John Dews '77

John Dews '77

Hot Springs, Arkansas
Retired, Bank President
Treasurer; Investment Management and Scholarship Committees

Daniel Herrin '94

Daniel Herrin '94

Katy, Texas
Investor and Consultant
Investment Management Committee

Iverson Jackson '86

Iverson Jackson '86

Little Rock, Arkansas
Liaison at Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State
Governance Committee

Pam Martin '85

Pam Martin '85

Shreveport, LA
Development Committee

Jerry Mayfield '70

Jerry Mayfield '70

Houston, Texas
Retired, CEO Universal Pegasus International
Investment Management and Strategic Planning Committees

Evan McCrary '13

Evan McCrary '13

Little Rock, Arkansas
Budget, Forecast, & Reporting Analyst
Development Committee

Dr. William McHenry '72

Dr. William McHenry '72

Madison, Mississippi
Executive Director, Mississippi e-Center and Professor of Organic Chemistry
Development Committee

Allen Loe '78

Allen Loe '78

Columbia, LA
Business Owner
Development Committee

Joe Pieratt '92

Joe Pieratt '92

Magnolia, Arkansas
COO at Farmers Bank & Trust
Development and Strategic Planning Committees

Jennifer Pierce '92

Jennifer Pierce '92

Little Rock, Arkansas
Attorney at Mitchell Williams
Chair – Board of Governors; Ex-Officio to all committees

David Rankin, Ph. D. (Emeritus)

David Rankin, Ph. D. (Emeritus)

Magnolia, Arkansas
Retired SAU President
Active - Investment Management Committee

Allison Schultz '85

Allison Schultz '85

Magnolia, Arkansas
COO & President
Southern Aluminum
Secretary; Audit and Membership Committees

Edelma Simes '71

Edelma Simes '71

West Helena, Arkansas
Retired, Dean
Phillips Community College
Governance and Scholarship Committees

Betty Stringfellow '62 (Emeritus)

Betty Stringfellow '62 (Emeritus)

Little Rock, Arkansas
Retired, Insurance VP

Patsy Taylor '71

Patsy Taylor '71

Glenn Heights, Texas
Real Estate Investor
Scholarship Committee

Orlando Todd '80

Orlando Todd '80

Prosper, Texas
Retired Director of Finance
Entergy Services, Inc.
Audit, Membership, and Strategic Planning Committees

Stephen Weaver '93

Stephen Weaver '93

Prosper, Texas
Business Owner
Development Committee

Erica Woods '93

Erica Woods '93

Little Rock, Arkansas
Chi St. Vincent Infirmary
Registered Nurse
Chair, SAU Board of Trustees

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

Macy Braswell

Magnolia, Arkansas
Executive Director
SAU Foundation

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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