Greg LeeGreg W. Lee, Chair
Committees: Executive, Facilities

Greg is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, AR. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Greg retired in April 2007 from Tyson Foods, Inc. after 27 years of service. He retired as Chief Administrative Officer and President of Tyson Foods International. He joined Tyson in 1980 as a regional sales manager in the foodservice division and rose progressively through the ranks in sales, marketing, operations, and general management both domestically and internationally. He served as Chief Operating Officer of the company when IBP was acquired in 2001, then Co-Chief Operating Officer until 2003 when he became Chief Administrative Officer and International President. Before his career with Tyson, Greg spent two years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in management training and nine years with Swift and Company.

Greg was an active leader in various trade groups associated with his career. He served on the boards of Tyson De Mexico and Cobb Vantress, Inc. He also served on the boards and chaired the National Chicken Council and the International Foodservice Manufacturer Association. Greg is a former member of the boards of the National Frozen Food Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and Specialty Brands, Inc.

His community involvement is diverse and meaningful. He is an Ambassador for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Business Council, and is a member of Accelerate Arkansas. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the U of A Campaign Arkansas Committee, and the board for the U of A Technology Development Foundation. Greg is a member of the boards of Signature Bank of Arkansas, Virtual Incubation Company, and the Washington Regional Medical System.

Greg and his wife of 47 years, Hannah, were inducted into the U of A Towers of Old Main in 2005. They were honored in 2008 as Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the NWA Association of Fundraising Professionals. Greg was the 2008 U of A Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree. In 2009, he was inducted into the Fayetteville Public Schools Hall of Honor. Greg also received the 2009 Walton Business College Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2014 Greg was conferred the Citation of Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Alumni Association.

They have two children, Corie Lyall of Springdale and Jud Lee of Fayetteville, and three grandchildren, Jack Lyall, Payne Lyall, and Liam Lee.

Hershey GarnerHershey Garner, Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Facilities

Hershey is board certified in radiation oncology from the American Board of Radiology and practices at Highlands Oncology Group in northwest Arkansas. He also serves Interim Chair of UAMS Department of Radiation Oncology.

A native of Little Rock, Garner received a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law prior to earning his medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine. Dr. Garner has also served on the board of Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas and occasionally fills in as staff physician when needed.  He and his wife Denise are very active with many community organizations and are one of the most prominent philanthropist couples in Northwest Arkansas.

Jeffrey J. GearhartJeffrey J. Gearhart, Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Facilities

Jeff Gearhart is the Executive Vice President of Global Governance & Corporate Secretary for Walmart Inc. He leads the company’s global compliance, ethics, investigations and legal functions.

Jeff joined Walmart in 2003 as Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Division. In 2007, he became Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and then took over as the head of the company’s Legal department when he was promoted to General Counsel in 2009. In December 2012, Jeff’s responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of compliance, ethics and investigations, as well as Legal, in order to further strengthen and leverage these key disciplines around the world.

Jeff has held the position of Walmart corporate secretary since 2010.

Before joining Walmart, Jeff was a partner with Kutak Rock LLP, practicing in the corporate, securities and merger and acquisitions areas. In addition, he was previously a partner with the Rose Law Firm.

Jeff is currently a member of the American Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Association. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Walton Arts Center.

Jeff attended law school at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He served as an editor of the Arkansas Law Review and graduated with high honors.

Mike Johnson

 

Mike Johnson, Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Facilities

Mike Johnson has been the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities at the University since 2004. He oversees the operation of over 300 buildings with over 8 million gross square feet. While utilizing best practices and benchmarking to support the institutions academic mission he has transformed the organization into a focused, efficient and effective team. Along with support from the top leadership through the Board of Trustees, Facilities Management has embarked on a multi-year Facility Renewal & Stewardship Plan which will enhance our academic mission for decades into the future. Mike was also instrumental in initiating the early campus sustainability efforts.

Prior to arriving in Arkansas, Rear Admiral Johnson served in the U.S. Navy for almost 34 years. He was Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers in his last assignment in Washington, D.C. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a bachelor’s in business/economics from Chapman University. He also holds master’s degrees in civil engineering and in public works from the University of Pittsburgh. Mike holds many professional affiliations such as Registered P.E. (PA), Fellow ASCE, Fellow SAME, and a member of NSPE, APWA, ASPA, and APPA. Inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2005 and in 2006, he became an honorary member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He most recently was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 2010.

Mike has been very civic minded since moving to our area and has or is serving on various boards or committees such as NWA Regional Airport Authority, Mack-Blackwell Transportation Center, NWA Regional Planning Commission (Policy Committee and Technical Advisory Committee), Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Fayetteville Downtown Partners and Habitat for Humanity. He was the campus United Way chair in 2006-2007.

Jerry WaltonJerry Walton, Secretary/Treasurer
Committees: Executive, Finance/Audit

Jerry Walton is the retired Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. J.B. Hunt Transport is one of the largest surface transportation companies in North America that provides a wide range of transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Walton joined the Company in 1991 and was responsible for the direction of the Accounting, Human Resources, Information Services, Insurance and Risk Management, Office Services, Real Estate, Tax, Telecommunication, Travel and Treasury departments before retiring in the fall of 2009. Currently, Jerry serves as an advisor to John L. Hunt and Hunt Ventures.

Active in local community affairs, he serves or has served on the boards of Walton Arts Center Foundation and Council and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. Mr. Walton received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified Public Accountant with Executive Education from Harvard, UCLA. He is married to his wife Brenda of 46 years. They have two sons, Jason and Matt and three grandchildren.

Bob AlexanderBob Alexander
Committees: Facilities

Bob Alexander operated an art and antiques business for 22 years in partnership with his wife Becky. After retiring in 2002, he has remained active in the art world as a collector of 19th century American folk art.

Bob grew up in Fayetteville and earned a BSBA degree in Data Processing and Quantitative Analysis from the University of Arkansas.

He has served on several museum boards, including the American Folk Art Museum in New York City and the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. Bob previously served on the George Billingsley Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club and currently serves on the board of the University of Arkansas' Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee.

Steve ClarkSteve Clark
Committees: Public Campaign

 Steve Clark is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. The Fayetteville Chamber is one of Arkansas’ largest with more than 1200 chamber business investors. The Fayetteville Chamber is one of the only 223 nationally accredited chambers out of the more than 7,000 chambers in the U.S. The Fayetteville Chamber serves as the Chief Economic Advisor for the city of Fayetteville.

Steve is a graduate of Arkansas State University and the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville. He is a distinguished alumnus of both schools.

Prior to his service at the Chamber, Steve served five terms as the elected Attorney General of Arkansas, Chief of Staff to the Governor, a Municipal Judge, and was a founder and president of a national behavioral health company.

Steve has argued eight cases before the United States Supreme Court, winning five of those cases. Steve was chosen as the most outstanding Attorney General in the nation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children presented Steve with its National Child Protection Award.

Steve has served as a law professor at both of Arkansas’ law schools and at South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX and St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, FL. Steve has also served as a legislative consultant to the United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator.

Steve is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, the board of directors of Bikes, Blues and Barbeque, the board of directors of the Walton Arts Center, the Advisory Board of the Yvonne Richardson Center and serves on the City of Fayetteville’s Town and Gown Committee. He is a Board Member of the Arkansas Good Roads Transportation Council. Steve is a member of the permanent teaching faculty for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Additionally, Steve is member of the Board of Regents of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management for the Northeast region. He also serves as a member of the advisory committee for the Institute for Economic Advancement at University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Steve is married to Suzanne Clark, a chemical engineer and litigation attorney. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Doug CumminsDoug Cummins
Committees: Public Campaign

Before retiring to Fayetteville in 2010, Doug Cummins served for 38 years as a professor of theatre arts, acting, and theatre management.  He holds degrees in music, theology, and theatre from TCU and the Ph. D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.  He has directed over 100 plays, performed in 35 and conducted 12 musicals and/or operettas.  He has extensive experience in theatre facility planning and theatre performance management.  He is married to Jacquelyn Brandli, a Fayetteville native, who is currently on the Vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and a member of the board for Butterfield Trail Village.

David GayDr. David Gay
Committees: Finance/Audit

David Gay is University Professor of Economics, Sam M. Walton College of Business, U. of A. David has been a season ticket holder at the Walton Arts Center Broadway Series since it opened in 1992. He specializes in microeconomics, tax and spending policies, and wineries and vineyards. He has taught at De Paul University, Brigham Young University, Texas A&M University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Private Institute for International Business Studies in Munich, Germany, the Consortium of International Schools of Business in Italy, Justus-Liebig University in Germany, and the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Economic Research in Turin, Italy. 

David received the Arkansas Alumni Association Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Service, Research, and Teaching in 1996 and was later Co-Director of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center. David also served twice as the Chair of the Campus Faculty, twice as the first Chair of the Faculty Senate, and continues to serve on the Faculty Senate. The Texas A&M University College of Liberal Arts named him an Outstanding Graduate in 1995. He was elected to membership in the free market oriented international Mont Pèlerin Society in 1984 at Cambridge University. He has served as President of UA Teaching Academy.

 

Mark HennebergerMark Henneberger
Committees: Corporate Leadership Council

Born and raised in the Detroit, MI area, Mark is the Vice President of Shows & Events at Walmart, and has over 35 years of experience in the live and video production business.

His current responsibilities at Walmart include: Shareholders Meeting week activities, the Walmart US Year Beginning and Holiday Meetings, Milestone Meetings, Saturday AM Meetings, Walmart Television Studios, Northwest Arkansas LPGA Championship, and over 200 Walmart corporate meetings and events annually. He has global projects (live events, film, exhibits, and video) in over 30 states, Canada, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Germany, Japan, China, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

He served on the board of the First Tee of Northwest Arkansas from 2008-2012 and is a member of the Bentonville Breakfast Lions Club.

Mark is married to Sue, his wife of 27 years, and is the proud father of two daughters, Erin, 25, and Katie, 24.

Sarah LewisDr. Sarah E. Lewis, Ph.D.
Committees: Public Campaign

Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, an author on topics related to ecological integrity and improving supply chain sustainability, and she is Managing Director of Members and Implementation with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor, having taught Environmental Sociology and currently serving on a number of graduate student committees. She is an active and recognized leader in her community. In addition to her role on the Walton Arts Center Council, she serves as a board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and served a 4-year term as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council.

Sara LilygrenSara Lilygren
Committees: Corporate Leadership Council

Sara leads Tyson Foods' global government relations and public policy, public relations, corporate communications, philanthropy, and social responsibility initiatives. She serves on the company’s senior leadership team, and her department serves as the “face” of the company with respect to its corporate brand and reputation. She and her team also work closely with the company’s investor relations, sustainable food production, and consumer brand marketing practices.

Previously, she launched and led the company’s government relations practice in Washington, DC. Before joining Tyson in 2002, Sara led the government and public affairs practice for the leading national association representing U.S. beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey companies, now called the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). She also handled public relations for an association representing the processed foods industry, now called the Grocery Manufacturers Association. She began her career working on food and philanthropy accounts at a Washington, DC, public affairs agency.

Sara serves on numerous business, civic and philanthropic boards, among them the North American Meat Institute, National Chicken Council, Center for Food Integrity, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority and the Walton Arts Center. She earned a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

Arist Mastorides
Committees: Executive, Corporate Leadership Council, Finance/Audit

Arist Mastorides joined Kimberly-Clark in 1989 and has held progressively larger leadership roles in sales, brand management and category management. He is passionate about developing talent and working with customers to accelerate business results. Currently, he is the Vice President, Consumer Sales North America leading the Global Walmart Team. In this capacity, he is charged with leading Kimberly-Clark’s overall engagement with Walmart globally, driving category growth, sales, market share and profit with the ultimate goal of becoming Walmart’s most Indispensable Partner™.

Prior to this appointment, he served as Vice President, Strategic Grocery, US Customer Development where he was responsible for executing Brand strategies and driving growth within the largest ten U.S. food retailers. In previous assignments with Kimberly-Clark, he has led the Kroger Business Team and the Sears Holdings Business Team, executing business growth strategies and developing best in class customer teams at each.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Arist received his bachelor degree in Finance at Miami University of Ohio. He and his wife MaryBeth have four children and reside in Northwest Arkansas where he is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards for the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter and the Walton Arts Center.

Judith McKennaJudith McKenna

Judith McKenna is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. In addition to overseeing operations for the company’s 4,500 U.S. stores, Judith is also responsible for Walmart Services, Asset Protection, Walmart Realty, Store Innovations and the development of new formats.

In her 20-plus years with the company, Judith has served in a number of key leadership roles in the U.S. and UK, including: chief development officer for Walmart U.S., where she led the strategy, development and growth of Walmart’s small format business and Walmart Services; executive vice president of strategy and development for Walmart International; chief operating officer for Asda Stores Ltd – the largest subsidiary of Walmart International; as well as chief financial officer for Asda, leading teams across finance, property and store development.

Judith is a passionate ambassador for diversity and inclusion and has served as chair of the President’s Global Council of Women Leaders, with responsibility for the development and leadership of Walmart’s women’s strategy across Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She is a patron of the UK’s Women in Retail and also serves as a trustee of Asda’s Tickled Pink charity, which has raised £50 million for Breast Cancer charities over the last 20 years. In 2015 and 2016, she was named to FORTUNE’s list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Judith graduated with an honours degree in law from Hull University in England before gaining her ICAEW accounting qualification at KPMG, one of the U.K.’s leading accounting firms. In 2013 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from Hull University.

Anne O’leary-KellyAnne O’leary-Kelly
Committees: Finance Audit

Anne M. O’Leary-Kelly is the William R. & Cacilia Howard Chair in Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Michigan State University. Her research interests include the study of gender-related aggressive work behavior (sexual harassment, effects of intimate partner violence on the workplace) and individual attachments to organizations (identification and psychological contracts). Her work has appeared in, among others, the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has been a co-recipient of the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior awarded by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management and the Dorothy Harlow Outstanding Paper awarded by the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. She is on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management and as Chair of the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.

Luis RestrepoDr. Luis Restrepo
Committees: Finance/Audit

Luis Fernando Restrepo is a Professor of the World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department. His areas of specialty are colonial Latin America and Literature and Human Rights.  Prof. Restrepo also serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community and the Director of La Oficina Latina—The Office of Latino Academic Advancement and Community Relations.   He is the co director of Sin Limites, the Latino Youth Biliteracy Project, a bilingual literacy enrichment program for elementary and middle school Latino students, and a member of the Arkansas Commission on Closing the Academic Achievement Gap.  He is married to Catalina Botero. Both are originally from Medellín, Colombia and they have been NWA residents since 1995. They have two children, Camila (20), an English student at the University of Arkansas and Rafael (13), a student in Woodland Junior High school.  

Mindy SherwoodMindy Sherwood
Committees:  Corporate Leadership

Mindy serves as Vice President, Walmart U.S. Stores at Procter and Gamble.

 

Marti SudduthMarti I. Sudduth
Committees:  Public Campaign

Marti retired in 2009 from the University of Tulsa where she served for 24 years as Assistant Director and Lead Teacher of the Primary 2 classroom at University School.  University School is a program for gifted children from age 3 through 8th grade located on the University campus.  During her tenure there she co- authored seven books on art and architecture through the time periods. The SAILS (Student Active Interdisciplinary Learning Series) lead to two U.S. Department of Education Javits grants being awarded which gave the opportunity to train students, parents and teachers over a six year time period.  Marti initiated and taught parenting classes for parents of University School students.  She developed and directed a summer camp program for 7 weeks each summer.   Camp Incredible was open to all students in the Tulsa area.

Marti was selected for Leadership Tulsa and interned on the Justice Center Board in 2003.  She served for a number of years on the Boards of Oklahoma Association of Gifted, Creative, and Talented, Friends of Daycare, and still serves on the Jennifer Gibson Memorial Foundation Board.  She served as president of OAGCT in 2003-2004 and received their outstanding service award in 2005.  Marti was alumna advisor for the Tri Delta chapter at the University of Tulsa from 2006 until 2009.  She also served prior to that as a member of their House Corporation. She has presented numerous times at state gifted conferences in Okl

Marti attended Baylor University, University of Tulsa, and graduated from Northeastern State University with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education.  She did additional study with Jim Fay, Dr. Charles Fay, and Dr.

Foster W. Cline of Love and Logic Institute, Golden, Co. and Dr. Sylvia Rimm of The Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland, Oh.

Marti and her husband of 38 years retired to Northwest Arkansas in 2009.  They have two children, Jeremey Sudduth of Bentonville and Jennifer Sudduth of Oklahoma City, OK and three grandchildren Cooper, Harper, and Parker Sudduth.

 

Barbara G. Taylor
Committees: Public Campaign

Barbara Taylor retired in 2010 from the University of Arkansas where she was Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. She came to the University in 1974 after teaching English literature and women’s studies for nine years in Wisconsin.

Barbara served two terms on the Washington County Quorum Court and was on the board of directors of the Washington County Economic Opportunity Agency and its delegate to the Regional Transit Authority. She was a member of the City of Fayetteville Citizens Advisory Committee on Wastewater Treatment, a founding board member for the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center and the Project for Victims of Family Violence (now Peace at Home Family Shelter), board member and president of the Washington County League of Women Voters and of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville and has chaired the Governmental Relations Committee of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. She was a board member of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the National Conference on Community and Justice (later Just Communities.) She is currently on the boards of the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, the Beaver Watershed Alliance, and several other local non-profits. At the state level, Barbara is a past  board president of the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has served on the board of the League of Women Voters of Arkansas and was program chair for Arkansas Women: Accomplishments, Realities, Expectations and an Arkansas delegate to International Women’s Year. She was a board member and two-term president of the Arkansas Humanities Council and a member of the Southern Humanities Media Council.

She has been on a number of regional and national boards of professional organizations including the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, the National Women’s Studies Association, the American Association for Affirmative Action and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, which she served as national president.

Barbara has a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; all of her degrees are in English literature. She has four children and three grandchildren, all of whom play musical instruments and enjoy the arts.

Matt Trantham
Committees: Finance/Audit

Matt Trantham joined the University of Arkansas in 2008 as the senior associate athletic director for internal operations. He oversees all Razorback facilities and events.

With this role, Trantham is overseeing the Razorback Athletics Facilities Master Plan unveiled in October 2011.  Active projects within the Facilities Master Plan are the $23 million Jerry and Gene Jones Family Student-Athlete Success Center and $25 million Basketball Performance Center set to be completed in August 2015.  He is also facilitating the Market and Cost Analysis on a future expansion of the North End Zone in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, expansion of Women’s Swimming Locker Room and new video board projects at Bud Walton Arena, Baum Stadium, Bogle Park and Randal Tyson Track Center.

Other projects supervised have been the men’s and women’s golf locker room expansion in the Fred and Mary Smith Golf Training Center in 2015, $9 million Fowler Family Baseball & Track Training Center in 2013, $40 million Fred W. Smith Football Center in 2013, $4.6 million installation of new video displays at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback stadium prior to the 2012 season, expansion of Razorback soccer team facilities in 2011, the $1.3 million installation of synthetic playing surface and $1.2 million installation of ribbon boards at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback stadium in 2009 and the $2.5 million renovation of Bud Walton Arena in 2008.

Prior to joining Arkansas, Trantham began his career in Intercollegiate Athletics with the University of Oklahoma in July 1999 as the promotions director for the athletic department where he worked with all 20 of OU’s teams. He was named assistant athletic director for event management in 2004 and was promoted to associate athletic director in 2006.

Prior to joining the Sooners, Trantham worked five seasons in professional sports with Washington Sports & Entertainment in Washington, D.C. Trantham earned his bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Centenary College in 1990 and a master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1998.

Trantham and wife Kristen are parents of two sons, Will and Davis, and two daughters, Morgan and Paige.

Scott VaradyScott Varady

Scott Varady serves as the newly appointed Executive Director and General Counsel for the Razorback Foundation.

Varady has served more than 19 years with the University of Arkansas’ Office of the General Counsel including his role as Associate General Counsel. Varady was a member of the University’s Executive Committee and was responsible for developing and implementing University legal strategies and advising the Chancellor, the University’s Executive Committee, senior-level administrators (Provost, Deans and Department Chairs), faculty, and staff, on all University legal matters. Varady also coordinated the legal operations of the Fayetteville office with the General Counsel of the UA system.

Prior to joining the University, Varady worked as an Associate at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. in Little Rock with a focus on commercial litigation.  Prior to joining the Mitchell Firm, Varady worked as an Associate with the firm of Swidler & Berlin, Chartered, in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on telecommunications, environmental insurance recovery litigation and general litigation.

Varady also served as a staff member for former Senator Dale L. Bumpers on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee and for former Representative Bill Alexander.  Varady received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993, graduating magna cum laude, and he was inducted into The Order of the Coif, and was a member of The Tax Lawyer law journal.

 Prior to attending law school, Varady received a Master of Science in Foreign Service while concentrating in international business diplomacy, finance, and trade from Georgetown University in 1988, where he also earned the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.

A Little Rock native, Varady earned a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1985.  Varady is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Varady and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Nathan, a senior mechanical engineering major at MIT who is a captain of the MIT football team, and Emily, a freshman in the Honors College who is majoring in international studies and is a member of Tri Delt at the University of Arkansas.

Bill WaiteBill Waite
Committees: Finance/Audit

Bill owns and operates Dickson Street Liquor Store in Fayetteville. He lives in Fayetteville with his wife Lara and his daughters Finley and Callan. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

In addition to the Walton Arts Center Board, he currently serves as a member of the Bikes, Blues and Barbeque Board of Directors and he is a member of the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He has also been appointed as a member of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Retailer Advisory Board. He is actively involved in the Fayetteville community, working to promote and enhance Fayetteville's Dickson Street Entertainment District. He also participates in several local volunteer organizations including the Komen Race for the Cure, the Humane Society of the Ozarks and the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville.

David WurmDavid Wurm

As Vice President, Zone Sales, David Wurm leads General Mills’ $3.5 billion U.S. Walmart partnership, a role he was named to in September 2016.

Prior to David’s current role, he was the Vice President of US Channels. In this role he oversaw the General Mills business in the Club, Target, Mass, eCommerce, Drug, Discount and Dollar Channels. This business represents over $2.5 billion in sales for General Mills.

A 27 year veteran of General Mills, David has a broad portfolio of experiences, having served leadership roles on GMI’s customer teams responsible for Supervalu, Food Lion, Publix, Winn Dixie and A&P. Previously, he was Vice President for Sales Strategy and Capabilities, with responsibility for developing and bringing to market GMI’s Sales Capabilities that include Category Management, Shopper Insights, Integrated Customer Service and GEOS. David has also held several positions within GMI’s Trade Marketing group and spent a year on cross functional assignment in GMI Marketing as the Marketing Manager on Total and Fiber One.