Dean's Leadership Council


The College of Business (COB) at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith launched the Dean's Leadership Council (DLC) on February 26, 2009, to establish, enhance, and reinforce relationships between the COB and the business community. The DLC exists to help the College of Business attain its vision by providing advice and input to the dean and business faculty as they strive toward the continuous improvement of quality business education. The DLC assists the COB in the achievement of its goals through council member actions and expertise and via member linkages with businesses and the larger community.


Current Members:

Leah Aikey, Senior Manager Internal Controls and Corporate Accounting, ArcBest Corporation

Doug Babb, CEO, Cooper Clinic P.A. (Retired)

Rick Beauchamp, Partner, Norris Taylor and Co., CPAs

Erin Gattis, Chief Human Resources Officer, ArcBest Corporation

Sasha Grist, Executive Director, Western Arkansas Planning and Development District

Robert Halliburton, Chief Lending Officer - Western Division, Chambers Bank

Barbara Hambrick, Member, Landmark PLC, Certified Public Accountants

Bill Hanesworth, COO, Littlefield Oil

Bill Hanna, President, Hanna Oil & Gas

Rich Krutsch, Vice President - People Services, ArcBest Corporation

Jeremy May, Manger, Performance Marketing and Partnerships, ArcBest Corporation

Rusty Myers, Assistant Executive Director, Western Arkansas Planning and Development District (Retired)

Sam Sicard, President and CEO, First National Bank of Fort Smith

John Taylor, Senior Vice President/Investments, Stiefel

Fred Williams, Chairman, Williams/Crawford & Associates


College of Business Dean's Leadership Council members will:

• Utilize their experience and expertise to develop and support ways and means of increasing the societal impact of the College of Business (COB) and UAFS.

• Aid the College of Business in defining, developing, and realizing its mission by serving as ongoing consultants to the COB in the development and revision of strategy, programs, and curricula.

• Provide a forum for the exchange of different perspectives between business executives and academicians with the goal of advancing business education and research and enhancing the student learning experience.

• Keep the College of Business informed of timely trends, developments, and new directions in business to enable the COB to incorporate "real world" issues into curricula, programs, and the classroom.

• Identify opportunities for students and faculty to engage with the business community through internships, consulting, and/or applied business research projects.

• Facilitate direct contact for students and faculty with leaders in business, community and industry.

• Offer broad assistance to College of Business efforts to secure financial support by identifying fund raising opportunities, making introductions, offering feedback on current development activities and prospects, and presenting our needs and achievements to prospective contributors and businesses.

• Provide general advice and suggestions regarding student programs and activities.

• Serve as guest speakers or mentors.


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