Research Matters

Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) is dedicated to elevating a fundamental belief: Research Matters. Operating as a public-private partnership, ARA invests in research that stimulates innovation, encourages collaboration and strengthens economic opportunity.

The Arkansas Research Alliance Scholars program serves as the cornerstone for ARA and plays a pivotal role in bridging university research and economic development. Scholars concentrate on Arkansas's strongest and most commercially viable research competencies. Current research projects include drug development, stem cell research and cutting edge membrane technology and purification processes.

Learn more about ARA Scholars and their research by downloading a copy of ARA's most recent annual report

 
ARA photo
ARA photo
ARA photo
ARA photo
ARA photo
ARA photo
ARA photo
ARA photo
ARA photo
ARA photo

News & Reports

 

Please select one of the following links to learn more about how ARA and our partners are moving Arkansas forward.

 
 

Leadership

As the president and CEO of ARA, Mr. Adams oversees strategy for the organization while defining the vision and guiding the board of trustees. In this capacity, he serves as a leader and liaison to a number of organizations committed to statewide economic growth and development.

Prior to joining ARA, Mr. Adams held a variety of senior leadership roles at Acxiom Corporation, where we worked for 34 years prior to retirement.

Throughout his career, Mr. Adams has been involved in a variety of programs and initiatives that have far-reaching outcomes in Arkansas. From energizing education to growing 21st century jobs, Mr. Adams is working with a sense of urgency and serving organizations that will move Arkansas forward.

 
 

Board of Trustees

Operating as a public-private partnership, ARA is governed by a board of trustees comprised of chancellors from Arkansas research universities and business leaders from across the state. The board is committed to creating opportunities in the areas of research, commercialization and job creation.

 
Jeff Gardner

Chairman: Jeff Gardner

Robert L. Shoptaw

Treasurer: Robert L. Shoptaw

Retired CEO, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Laurence Alexander

Laurence Alexander, Ph.D.

Chancellor, University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson, Ph.D.

Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Ritter Arnold

Ritter Arnold

President, Ritter Agribusiness Holdings, Inc.

Hal Carper

Hal Carper

Group VP R&D, Logistics, Technical Services, Tyson Foods

Andrew Clyde

R. Andrew Clyde

President and CEO, Murphy USA Inc.

Kristi Crum

Kristi Crum

President - South Central Region at Verizon Wireless

Ray C. Dillon

Ray C. Dillon

President and CEO, Deltic Timber Corporation

Ed Drilling

Ed Drilling

President, AT&T

David Gearhart

David Gearhart, Ph.D.

Chancellor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Sonja Hubbard

Sonja Hubbard

CEO, E-Z Mart Stores, Inc.

Tim Hudson

Tim Hudson, Ph.D.

Chancellor, Arkansas State University

Roger Jenkins

Roger W. Jenkins

President and CEO, Murphy Oil Corp.

Tommy May

Tommy May

Chairman and CEO, Simmons First National

Hugh T. McDonald

Hugh T. McDonald

President and CEO, Entergy

Charles Nabholz

Charles Nabholz

President and CEO, The Nabholz Group

Dan Rahn

Dan Rahn, M.D.

Chancellor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

John Roberts

John Roberts

President and CEO, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

Reynie Rutledge

Reynie Rutledge

President, First Security Bank

Rick Webb

Rick Webb

Senior Vice President, Global Business Processes, Walmart

 

Contact

ARA is grounded in collaboration and we welcome the opportunity to connect with you to share ideas and insights that empower and enable us to move Arkansas forward.