Dr. Ron McGaughey’s Lasting Legacy at UCA

It is with a great deal of sorrow that we report that Dr. Ron McGaughey, a professor in the MIS Department, has passed away. Ronnie retired from UCA in May 2018 and after a short illness, passed away on Friday, October 23, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Below is a link to his obituary:


A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, December 1 at 10:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Russellville AR, 200 South Denver Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to create a scholarship fund for students to attend the UCA/Acxiom IT Careers Camp at UCA. Donations may be made in memory of Dr. Ron McGauhey online by visiting www.uca.edu/give or by mailing a check to the UCA Foundation, located at 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72032 and denoting the UCA/Acxiom IT Careers Center Fund in the memo line.

Dr. McGaughey started the UCA/Acxiom IT Careers Camp in 2007 with Ms. Allison Nicholas of Acxiom Corporation. The camp is designed to promote interest and technical experience among high school students as they prepare to enter college. Dr. McGaughey personally managed the first three camps, and his legacy has continued. As of the last camp, July 2018, 332 high school students have participated in the multi-day experience and many have gone on to major in technology at UCA or other universities. A scholarship fund has been established at the UCA Foundation to offset student expenses at this continuing camp.