Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board

About the Board

The Board consists of 12 members who are appointed by the governor and serve staggered six-year terms. Board Policies, as adopted by the coordinating board, are available. Please contact the governor's office if you would like to be considered for a position on this board.

Board Members

Mr. Bob Crafton
Chair
707 North E Street
Rogers, AR 72756
Bob.Crafton@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2017
Bob H Crafton of Rogers was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2009, and is currently serving his second term which will expire in 2017. He graduated from Arkansas Tech with an Associate of Science Degree and the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. He previously served on the planning committee that brought the Northwest Arkansas Community College to a successful vote and served twelve years on the NWACC Board of Trustees, two years as chairman. He served 10 years on the Rogers Board of Education, two years as chairman. He is a retired Consulting Engineer having co-founded Crafton Tull and Associates, a firm that now has over 300 employees with offices in several states.
Mr. Horace Hardwick
Vice Chair
4 Saddleworth Place
Bentonville, AR 72712
Horace.Hardwick@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2016
Horace Hardwick of Bentonville was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2011, and he is currently serving his first term, which will expire in 2016. Mr. Hardwick graduated from Southwestern University in Waxahachie, Texas, and retired as Director of International Sales and Marketing for G.E. Lighting in Mexico. He served on the Northwest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees and as a former State Representative.
Ms. Sarah Argue
Secretary
1117 N. Bryan Street
Little Rock, AR 72207
Sarah.Argue@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2015
Ms. Sarah Argue of Little Rock was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2009 and is serving a term that will expire in 2015. A graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Ms. Argue spent three years teaching fourth-and fifth-graders in inner-city Boston.
Dr. Charles Allen

11 Bayonne Court
Little Rock, AR 72223
Charles.Allen@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2019
Dr. Charles Allen of Little Rock was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2007 and is currently serving his second term that will expire in 2019. Dr. Allen serves as a business and industry representative and is the chief administrative officer for the Correction’s School System of Arkansas. Dr. Allen has 40 years of experience as an educator and has served as superintendent for three Arkansas School districts, a county school supervisor, a high school principal, and an educational supervisor with the Arkansas Department of Education.
Dr. Joe Bennett

P.O. Box 969
Harrison, AR 72602
Joe.Bennett@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2019
Dr. Joe Bennett of Harrison was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2007 and is currently serving his second term that will expire in 2019. Dr. Bennett serves as a business and industry representative and is a retired medical doctor who operated a private radiology practice at Boone County Medical Center. He also served as the hospital’s chief of staff and on the Advisory Commission to the Arkansas Board of Higher Education from 1972-75. He was chairman of the North Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees from 1992-2000.
Dr. Olin Cook

266 South Enid Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801
Olin.Cook@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2020
Dr. Olin Cook of Russellville was appointed to the Coordinating Board in May 2008 and is currently serving his second term which will expire in 2020. A retired educator, Dr. Cook has served as the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arkansas Tech University and for 10 years as the Director for the Department of Higher Education. He has served on several boards, including the River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children. Dr. Cook has also served as the Chair of the House Education Committee and is a former State Representative.
Mr. Chris Gilliam

P.O. Box 463
Magnolia, AR 71754
Chris.Gilliam@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2020
Christopher R. (Chris) Gilliam of Magnolia was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2014 and is serving a term that will expire in 2020. A graduate of Southern Arkansas University (SAU), Chris is a former member of the SAU Board of Trustees and SAU Alumni Association Board. Chris is a member of the Magnolia Rotary Club and currently serves on the Rural Development Authority, Columbia County Wage/Literacy Council and South Arkansas Youth Services Mentoring Program. Chris has been employed at the Magnolia Banner-News for the past 31 years and currently serves as Sports Editor.
Mrs. Sherrel Johnson

1329 Mt. Holly Rd.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Sherrel.Johnson@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2018
Mrs. Sherrel Johnson of El Dorado was appointed to the board in 2012 and is serving a term that will expire in 2018. She is a special projects coordinator for the Union County Water Conservation Board. She is the former director of speaker programs at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and interim vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Johnson served on the South Arkansas Community College board of trustees from 2007-2012.
Mrs. Florine Milligan

429 Calvert Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
Florine.Milligan@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2016
Florine Milligan of Forrest City was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2011 and is currently serving her first term, which will expire in 2016. Mrs. Milligan is retired from the Forrest City School District and is past president of the St. Francis County Area Chamber of Commerce and vice-chair of the Arkansas State Workforce Investment Board. She earned her BS in Chemistry and Math from Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., and MS in Education Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. She is a former chairperson of the Arkansas State University board of trustees.
Mr. Ben Pickard

P.O. Box 1331
Searcy, AR 72145
Ben.Pickard@adhe.edu
Term Expires: May 2017
Ben Pickard of Searcy was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2014 and is currently serving his first term, which will expire in May 2017. Mr. Pickard was appointed by Governor Beebe to the Arkansas Lottery Commission in April 2009 as one of its original nine members and served as the lottery Commission Chair from May 2012 through May 2013. Pickard served 28 years as Vice Chancellor of Student Services at Arkansas State University-Beebe. He is the former president of the Arkansas College Personnel Association, Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Arkansas Council on Student Services. He is currently Chair of the Arkansas Student Loan Authority.
Mr. Greg Revels

P.O. Box 271
DeQueen, AR 71832
Greg.Revels@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2018
Greg Revels of DeQueen was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2013 and is currently serving his first term, which will expire in 2018. Mr. Revels previously served on the Cossatot Community College of the U of A Foundation Board and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University. Mr. Revels is a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of Revels and Company CPA in DeQueen.
Mrs. Mary Anne Salmon

#29 Heritage Park Circle
North Little Rock, AR 72116
Maryanne.Salmon@adhe.edu
Term Expires: 2015
Former Senator Mary Anne Salmon of North Little Rock was appointed to the Coordinating Board in 2013, and is currently serving her first term, which will expire in 2015. Senator Salmon graduated from Arkansas Tech University, is a former business owner and a retired music teacher from the Pulaski County Special School District. A former chairman of the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees, she presently serves on the Arkansas Tech Foundation Board as well as the Pulaski Technical College Foundation Board. Additionally, she has been a member of the North Little Rock, Maumelle and Sherwood chambers of commerce.