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.

2021-2022 Officers

  • Chair Jennifer Pierce
  • Vice Chair Steve Card
  • Secretary Debbie Arnold
  • Treasurer Dr. David Rankin

Board of Governors 2021-2022

Governing Members

Arnold, Debbie 2


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



Travis Buchanan  (2022)
Norman, Oklahoma
Operations Manager


Steve Card (2023)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Regulatory Advisor, Albemarle Corp.

Cory Childs (2024)
Dallas, Texas
Attorney at Santander Consumer

Mason Cozart (2024)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Director of Investments at GenWealth


Tim Daniels (2023)
Camden, Arkansas
Retired Professor


John Dews (2024)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Retired Bank President

Dumas, John 2


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



Monty Harrington (Board of Trustee Chair)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Magnolia Market President, Farmers Bank & Trust



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



Machen, Julia 2


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




Jerry Mayfield (2023)
Houston, Texas
Universal Pegasus International CEO, Retired


Evan McCrary (2024)
El Dorado, Arkansas
Budget, Forecast, & Reporting Analyst


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




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



Rankin, David


David Rankin, Ph. D. (Emeritus)
Magnolia, Arkansas
Retired Southern Arkansas University President



Allison Schultz (2023)
Magnolia, Arkansas
COO and President, Southern Aluminium Mfg. Inc.


Edelma Simes (2024)
West Helena, Arkansas
Retired Dean at Phillips Community College

Stringfellow, Betty


Betty Stringfellow (Emeritus)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Retired Insurance VP



Jason Sullivan (2024)
Mena, Arkansas
VP of Lending at Union Bank of Mena


Patsy Taylor (2022)
Glenn Heights, TX
Business Owner


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


Stephen Weaver (2023)
Prosper, Texas
Business Owner of a Fitness Facility, Luxury Vacation Home Rentals, and a Sanitation Service


Ex-Officio Members

Berry, Trey


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


Giles, Roger


Roger Giles
Magnolia, Arkansas
Vice President for Administration, SAU


Kee, Josh


Josh Kee
Magnolia, Arkansas
Vice President for Advancement, SAU


Reed, Shawana


Shawana 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
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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