Tommie Sue Anthony (’63, ’73) has long been an advocate of education and education equality in Arkansas and nationwide.
Anthony served as the president of Arkansas Advanced Initiative in Mathematics and Science., Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to providing Advanced Placement training and incentives to Arkansas schools, from 2007 to 2013. She retired this past October.
Before that, Anthony served as program coordinator for the Arkansas Advanced Placement Professional Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1998 to 2007. She was director of the Talented and Gifted Programs for the Pulaski County Special School District from 1983 to 1998. She served on legislative committees, was the subject of the National Association for Gifted Children’s study on effective advocacy and helped write rules and regulations for the state’s gifted programs.
Anthony believes in striving for excellence, encouraging students to go beyond mediocrity and raising expectations in education. “We have to demand excellence from our students, and at the same time, we have to raise the bar,” Anthony said.
Anthony wrote a workshop for the College Board that has been used nationwide. She collaborated on legislation that brought about Advanced Placement programming in every Arkansas school district.
Anthony has served as a College Board consultant in 25 states and as an Advanced Placement national trainer. She was picked as one of 100 College Board consultants in the U.S. to work with new consultants as a mentor and evaluator. Anthony remains active in advancing education in Arkansas. She was appointed to the governor’s Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children last year. Her term expires in 2016.