SAU Board makes Rankin President Emeritus

May 7, 2015

SAU Lifetime Achievement Dr David Ranking

The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting Thursday, May 7, 2015, during which they designated retiring SAU President Dr. David F. Rankin as President Emeritus. Rankin is retiring June 30, following more than 13 years as president and more than 45 years of service to SAU. The President Emeritus position will… Read More

More than $780,000 raised to honor Rankin

April 20, 2015

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Following more than 45 years of service and countless speeches as a Mulerider, Southern Arkansas University’s retiring President Dr. David Rankin and his wife Toni were rendered speechless Saturday night. At a dinner to honor the Rankins, it was announced that more than $780,000 has already been raised to name the University’s College of Business… Read More

Lawrence Bearden appointed to SAU Board of Trustees

March 13, 2015

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When he first came to Southern Arkansas University in the late 1950s, Lawrence Bearden had one goal: graduation. More than 50 year after successfully completing that first challenge, he continues to be part of the University’s life as the newest member of the SAU Board of Trustees. Bearden was appointed to his new post earlier… Read More

Dr. Trey Berry introduced as next SAU president

February 20, 2015

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Dr. Trey Berry was formally introduced as the president-designate of Southern Arkansas University during a press conference on the Magnolia campus Friday afternoon. The SAU Board of Trustees tapped Berry to be the University’s 12th president during a special meeting on Thursday, and he will assume the role on July 1. Berry joined SAU in… Read More

Dr. Trey Berry will be SAU’s next president

February 19, 2015

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Dr. Trey Berry has been selected to serve as the 12th president of Southern Arkansas University following a vote of the University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday afternoon. He will assume the post on July 1. The Board chose Berry from among three finalists who were interviewed earlier this month. Berry currently serves as SAU’s… Read More

SAU president may be chosen Thursday

February 17, 2015

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The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees is likely to decide Thursday afternoon who will be hired as the next president of SAU. The Board will convene at 3 p.m. in the Reynolds Center Grand Hall. They will adjourn to executive session, and it is anticipated the group will return to have a final vote… Read More

David Nelson appointed to SAU Board

February 9, 2015

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Southern Arkansas University alum and Magnolia City Inspector David Nelson was appointed to the SAU Board of Trustees by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on January 30, 2015. Nelson was appointed to a five-year term. James Freeman’s term on the SAU Board expired January 14. Freeman, SAU alum and Dillard’s CFO, was also recently appointed by… Read More

Public invited to meet SAU presidential candidates

January 22, 2015


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

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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