Public invited to meet SAU presidential candidates

January 22, 2015

Overstreet-Hall

Southern Arkansas University is inviting the community to three upcoming receptions at the Reynolds Center Grand Hall to meet the applicants for president. The three receptions are scheduled as follows: February 2, from 5-5:45 p.m. – Phillip Wilson, Ed.D. Wilson currently serves as President of Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas. February 4, from… Read More

SAU Board chooses presidential candidates for interviews

January 9, 2015

Seal SAU

The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees Thursday selected three presidential candidates to be interviewed following recommendations from the presidential search committee. The three applicants include Trey Berry, Ph.D., Phillip Marc Wilson, Ed.D., and Cornelius Wooten, Ph.D. The SAU Office of Human Resources will schedule the interviews at the earliest convenience. O.A. Franks stepped in… Read More

SAU mourns loss of Board Chair Stringfellow

December 10, 2014

Bill Stringfellow at SAU Story Arena Grand Opening

William “Bill” Stringfellow, a true gentleman with an endless devotion to his beloved Southern Arkansas University alma mater, passed away Tuesday following heart surgery. The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday December 13, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church located at 509 Scott St., Little Rock, Arkansas. Departure for the interment will follow at… Read More

SAU Board approves bond issues

November 21, 2014

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The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees approved at their quarterly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18, the issuance of bonds not to exceed $10 million for three facilities – engineering, a softball complex and a world-class track. All of the SAU Board members were in attendance for their quarterly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18, which was held… Read More

SAU Summer Commencement Aug. 8

July 28, 2014

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. Related Stories… Read More

SAU to swear-in new police chief

July 17, 2014

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

June 2, 2014

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

May 28, 2014

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

May 14, 2014

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

May 1, 2014

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.