SAU Summer Commencement Aug. 8

SAU Graduation

Summer Commencement ceremonies at Southern Arkansas University are scheduled for August 8, 2014, at the Reynolds Center Grand Hall. A total of 58 School of Graduate Studies candidates are slated to be honored at an 11 a.m. ceremony. Then at 1 p.m., 35 undergraduate candidates will be recognized from SAU’s four academic colleges.

SAU to swear-in new police chief

SAU Police Chief Anthony Williams

A swearing-in ceremony for the new Southern Arkansas University Police Chief Anthony Williams will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the SAU Reynolds Center Foundation Hall. The community is invited to attend in welcoming Williams. Chief Williams comes to SAU with 30 years of law enforcement experience from the city of… Read More

SAU Board selects presidential search committee

SAU seal

The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees announced Thursday selection of a hiring committee to find a successor to SAU President Dr. David Rankin.

Rankin announced on May 1, 2014, that he would be retiring effective June 30, 2015. According to Chairman of the SAU Board Bill Stringfellow, the committee will make a recommendation to SAU Board, which will make the final hiring decision.

James Freeman appointed to SAU Board

James I Freeman

Southern Arkansas University alum and Dillard’s CFO James I. Freeman of Texarkana has been appointed to the SAU Board of Trustees. Freeman will replace Ken Sibley on the SAU Board, with an appointment to expire January 14, 2015. This was one of 18 appointments made by Governor Mike Beebe on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. “I… Read More

Big boots to fill for Mulerider Baird as Maye graduates from SAU

Muleriders Megan Maye (Left) and Payton Baird

Megan Maye took the Mulerider mascot to new heights and helped Southern Arkansas University reach record enrollment numbers before she graduated on May 9, 2014, leaving some big boots to fill for the new Mulerider Payton Baird. Baird, a freshman pre-nursing major from Fouke, will have the reins officially passed to her from Maye during… Read More

Dr. David Rankin announces final year as SAU President

Dr. Rankin flexes his spurs as a mulerider

Dr. David Rankin has announced that the 2014-15 academic year will be his final year as President of Southern Arkansas University.

Rankin will retire effective June 30, 2015. He made the announcement at SAU on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Watch video from the announcement courtesy of Magnolia Reporter.

“It has been a great pleasure to serve with wonderful people at Southern Arkansas University for the past 45 years,” said Rankin. “As we say in  Mulerider Country, It’s been quite a ride.”

Rankin was appointed President in 2002, and quickly set forth with his ambitious “Blue and Gold Vision,” SAU’s first-ever capital campaign.  In his 13 years, he has almost completed that vision with numerous campus capital projects completed, totaling more than $100 million.  The most recent project, the $4.4 million SAU Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center, opened this spring.  In addition, a $7.2 million Student Center at SAU Tech is nearing completion.

Edgar Lee reappointed to SAU Board of Trustees

Edgar Lee speaks at 2013 May Commencement

Edgar Lee, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Southern Arkansas University, has been reappointed Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to serve another five-year term on the SAU Board. Lee, of Chidester, Ark., was appointed for his first term in 2009. He is an alum of SAU and a team leader at Raytheon Missile Corporation. “Mr…. Read More

SAU Board of Trustees approves budgets and opts out of gun legislation

Cledis Stuart, one of many speakers

The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees met on June 20, 2013, during which the Board unanimously approved the 2013-14 budgets for SAU and SAU Tech and opted out of the concealed weapon legislation. SAU’s approved budget includes a tuition and fee increase of 3.35%, while SAU Tech’s budget calls for a 10% tuition boost…. Read More

Steve Keith appointed to SAU’s Board of Trustees

Steve Keith gets sworn in

William “Steve” Keith has been appointed to the Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees. Keith is an SAU alum and President of Farmers Bank & Trust. The appointment was announced by Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday, June 10, 2013. Keith will replace Ronnie Ribble of Hot Springs. The appointment expires January 14, 2018.  Keith will… Read More

Commencement exercises set for May 4

Southern Arkansas University is set to confer degrees on 347 students during spring commencement exercises on Friday, May 4. Three ceremonies are planned. Students receiving degrees from the Department of Nursing will graduate during a ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center. The speaker for… Read More