Campus Talk: SAU Names Trey Berry As New President

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SAU NAMES TREY BERRY AS NEW PRESIDENT
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 last week. He will assume his new position on July 1.

Berry joined SAU in 2011 as professor of history and dean of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts. He was promoted to provost and vice president for academic affairs a year later. Before coming to SAU, he spent two years as deputy director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, two years as a dean at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and 18 years as a faculty member and administrator at Ouachita Baptist University.

FORWARD ARKANSAS HOSTING TWITTER TOWN HALL
ForwARd Arkansas will host a Twitter Town Hall Tuesday night to receive input from Arkansas students, parents, educators and community members about how to improve the state’s public education system.

ForwARd Arkansas was established as a strategic partnership of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Walton Family Foundation and Arkansas Board of Education. It aims to push for more research-based state policy for pre-K through college education with a focus on schools in academic distress.

For those interested in participating in the forum, go to the Twitter handle @ForwARdArkansas. Participants can also tweet about the forum using the hastag #ForwARd. The forum begins at 7 p.m.

SCOTT FORD CENTER TO OPEN AT ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE
Arkansas Baptist College had planned to host a grand opening for the Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development and the First Security Community Union at 11 a.m. Tuesday, but the weather has forced the event to be rescheduled.

The Scott Ford Center, named for donor and former Alltel CEO Scott Ford, will teach entrepreneurial skills. The First Security Community Union includes a food court, coffee shop and bookstore.

When Ford announced his commitment to the Arkansas Baptist entrepreneurial center in 2011, the school said the Scott Ford Center would house a micro-lending program to provide small business loans to individuals who might not qualify for traditional financing.