Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Robert “Bunny” Adcock to the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees.
Adcock, of Conway, will replace Trustee Scott Roussel who resigned on May 6. Adcock is the vice chairman and member of the Board of Directors for Centennial Bank.
“I am really excited about serving on the UCA Board of Trustees,” Adcock said. “…I’ve told people that of all the jobs I’ve held in banking, politics, and public service, my years as golf coach were the most rewarding. I was only paid $1 per year to coach the men’s and women’s golf teams. The reward was in the young lives that we touched. The reward was watching these young people grow from kids to young adults, to watch them marry, to have families, start their careers, and enter the world as productive citizens.”
Adcock has a long history with the university. In 1974, he served on the University Status Committee for State College of Arkansas. He is one of the founders of UCA Purple Circle and currently serves as a Purple Circle board member. Adcock is also a founding member of Friends of the UCA Library, a fund-raising arm of Torreyson Library. Adcock served as head golf coach for both men’s and women’s teams from 1999-2003. He started the women’s golf team in 2000.
Adcock served as vice president of the university for development and president of UCA Foundation in 2003. He has been a member of the UCA Foundation Board of Directors for the past seven years.
From 2008-09, Adcock served as vice president of finance at UCA. He was charged with the task of putting the university on sound financial footing. He took the university from a negative $8 million to a positive $3 million in reserves.
Adcock and his wife, Carol, established and endowed the Adcock Scholarships. The scholarships provide funding for UCA foreign language students to study abroad. Carol Adcock was an instructor of French and Spanish at UCA from 1971-1976.
The couple also established the International Programs Emergency Fund. These funds are available for international student emergencies. The Adcocks funded the remodeling of International Engagement Offices, which are now named the Carol Adcock International House.
“Carol and I are passionate about our service and giving to UCA,” Adcock said. “We love serving the University, but we love serving the students even more.”
UCA President Tom Courtway said he appreciated Gov. Beebe appointing Adcock to board.
“ Each time Mr. Adcock has been asked to serve UCA he has performed exceptional service,” Courtway said. “… We all look forward to working with Mr. Adcock and the other members of the Board of Trustees for the citizens of this state, and the students, faculty and staff of the University of Central Arkansas.”