Alumni (1970-1979)

* – deceased

Robert Abney (1977) – District Judge, Des Arc, Arkansas.

James Adams (1977) – Municiple Judge, Morrilton, Arkansas.

Gary Aday (1978)

Sam Anderson (1977) – Attorney, Anderson Law Firm, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Dr. Benjamin Arinze (1978) – Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Oklahoma.

Joycee E. Batchelor (1976) – B.A. in Political Science.

Ben Battles (1978) – Captain, Conway Police Department, Conway, Arkansas.

Richard N. Belcher (1976) – Attorney, Belleville, Arkansas.

Bruce Burton (1979) – Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Walter H. Credit (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

William D. Duke (1976) – B.S. in Political Science; Attorney, Robinson, Staley, Marshall & Duke, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Randall M. Duncan (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

Carolyn Ann Evans (1976) – B.A. in Political Science.

Roland R. Fulmer (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

James D. Gingerich (1977) – Legal Counsel and Associate Professor, University of Central Arkansas; Director, Administrative Office of the Courts, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1988-present.

Glenn Douglas Greene (1976) – B.S. in Political Science; Major, U.S. Army (retired).

Dr. Marcia Guffey (1978) – Ph.D. in Political Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; Instructor, University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

John R. Halbrook (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

Bruce Hawkins (1979) – B.S. in Political Science; Owner, Hawkins Insurance Agency, Morrilton, AR, 1979-present; Member of the State of Arkansas House of Representatives, 1983-1995; Partner, H & H Employee Benefits Specialists, Little Rock, AR, 1992-present; DBH Management Consultants, Morrilton, AR, 1996-present.

Dale E. Hays (1976) – B.A. in Political Science; U.S. Navy.

David Henze (1973)

Jim James (1975) – B.S. in Political Science.

Robert A. Johnson (1975) – B.A. in Political Science.

Thomas Johnston (1979) – U.S. Army.

Kim B. Kirk (1979)

Larry Lanes (1978)

John W. Martin (1976) – B.A. in Political Science; J.D., University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, 1980; District Judge, Brinkley, Monroe County, Arkansas, 1989-present; Special Chancery Judge, 1st Judicial District, November 1990-May 1991; Partner, Elledge & Martin, P.A., 1980-present.

Keith Mathis (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

William B. Mayes (1975) – B.A. in Political Science.

Joseph L. Mosley (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

Bill Neal (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

Roy Newcomb (1977) – U.S. Army.

Gene Oholendt (1978) – Col., U.S. Air Force (retired).

James Lionell Owens (1976) – B.A. in Political Science; J.D., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas (1980); Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force (U.S.A.F.) at Keesler AFB, Mississippi and Clark AFB, Republic of the Philippines (1980-1985); Special Agent with the U.S.A.F. Office of Special Investigations (OSI) at various locations in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia until retiring from active duty in the U.S.A.F. (1985-2003); and Civilian Special Agent, U.S.A.F. OSI. (2003-present), including serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom as Deputy Director of Counter-Intelligence for the Coalition Provisional Authority’s (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq (June 2003-December 2003), Instructor at the U.S.A.F. Special Investigations Academy in Glynco, Georgia (April 2004-February 2006), Force Protection Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen (February 2006-September 2006), and Chief of Counter-Intelligence, U.S.A.F. OSI, 4th Field Investigations Region (FIR), Randolph AFB, Texas (September 2006-present).

Rhonda Parish (1978) – B.S. degree in Political Science; J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Attorney, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1981-1983; Corporate Counsel, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 1983-1990; Assistant General Counsel, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 1990-1994; Vice President, Legal Counsel, Denny’s Corporation, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1995-1998; Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Denny’s Corporation, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1998-2008; Attorney, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 2008-2010; Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Lakewood, Colorado, 2010-present.

* Ursula Polk (1975) – B.A. in Political Science.  Ursula Sue Polk died of complications related to breast cancer on June 26, 2005 at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.  She was born on December 20, 1952 at Fort Hood, Texas to Howard and Ilse Kalmering Nunn.  As a child, Ursula lived in Germany and Turkey.  Ursula graduated from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas in 1971, and was married to 2nd Lt. Fred Lee Polk in West Point, New York on June 5, 1974.  Ursula graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Central Arkansas in 1975, and received her commission as 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army in 1976.  Throughout their careers in the U.S. Army, Ursula and her husband were stationed in many locations, including Germany and Panama (where Ursula participated in the planning and execution of Operation Just Cause and became one of the first post-Vietnam War female soldiers to earn a combat patch).  Ursula received her master’s degree in public administration from American University in 1983.  Ursula and her husband served as assistant professors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.  Ursula attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1990, and then served as an instructor at the college in 1991.  Ursula later taught government, economics, and international relations at Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Ursula’s final rank in the U.S. Army Reserve was Lt. Colonel.  She was survived by her husband Fred, son John, and daughter Jessica.

David Reynolds (1977) – B.A. or B.S. in Political Science; J.D., University of Arkansas-Little Rock; Circuit Court Judge, Arkansas 20th District, Conway, Arkansas, 1990-2012; Circuit Court Judge, Arkansas 9th District, Conway, Arkansas, 2012-present.

Dr. Steven Sanderson (1971) – B.A. in History; M.A. in Political Science, University of Arkansas, 1973; M.A. in Political Science, Stanford University, 1975; Ph.D. in Political Science, Stanford University, 1978; Faculty member of the Department of Political Science, University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, 1979-1997; Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Florida, 1994-1997; Vice-President of Arts & Sciences and Dean of Faculty, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1998-2001; President and Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY, 2001-July 2012.

Herbert M. Scott (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

Vivienne (Lie) R. Schiffer (1979) – B.S. in Political Science; J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1982; Attorney, Thompson & Knight, Houston, Texas.

Catherine Slinkard (1976) – B.A. in Political Science.

Dennis A. Snook (1976) – B.A. in Political Science.

Robert P. Stagg (1976) – B.S. in Political Science.

Joe Randall “Randy” Thurman (1975) – B.A. in Political Science; MPA, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; M.A., Human Resource Development, Webster University, Little Rock, AR; Member, State of Arkansas House of Representative, 1989-1995; Executive Director, Arkansas Environmental Federation (AEF), Little Rock, AR, 1995-present; Partner, Government Solutions, Little Rock, AR, 1998-present.

Keith Vaughan (1974) – B.S. in Political Science; J.D., University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, 1977; Attorney, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 1977-1991; Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Pulaski County, Arkansas, 1982-1986; City Attorney, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 1983-1990; City Attorney, Holiday Lakes, Texas, 1991-1993; Attorney, Angleton, Texas, 1991-2007; City Attorney, Angleton, Texas, 1991-1997, 1998-2008; Senior Assistant City Attorney, General Counsel Division, Houston, Texas, 2008-present.

* Merle Watson Villines II (1978) – Elected Judge, Arkansas 20th Circuit-Chancery District, Faulkner County, Arkansas.

Howard L. Webb (1975) – B.S. in Political Science.

Sheila Paladino Wilson (1978) – Department of Housing and Urban Development; Assistant to Mayor, Morrilton, Arkansas; and World History Teacher and Grant Writer, Newport Special School District.