Higher education task force named

(November 26, 2003) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Governor Huckabee has named 15 business and community leaders to a panel that is to identify ways state colleges and universities can improve. The newly created Blue Ribbon Committee for Higher Education will look at successes in other states and help Arkansas make changes. A set of recommendations is expected in six months. The panel will study issues including graduation rates, funding, research, diversity and economic development. Phil Ford, chairman of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will serve as chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee. The other members named by Huckabee are: -Jerry Adams of Conway, the corporate citizenship and community relations leader for Acxiom Corp. -Parent Mina Baledge of Fayetteville. -Jay Chesshir of Hot Springs, president of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. -Scott Ford of Little Rock, chief executive officer of Alltel. -Jeff Hankins of Little Rock, president of the Arkansas Business Publishing Group. -Ana Lorena Hart of Cave Springs, multicultural community relations manager for Tyson Foods Inc. -James Hendren, a Little Rock entrepreneur. -Rick Izor of Arkadelphia, general manager of Scroll Technologies. -Hugh McDonald of Little Rock, chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas. -Charles Stewart of Little Rock, community investment manager for Regions Bank. -Ted Suor of Fort Smith, owner of Stonebridge Transportation Inc. -Former state Sen. Stanley Russ of Conway. -Reynie Rutledge of Searcy, chairman of First Security Bancorp. -Kathy White of Magnolia, associated with the Horizon Institute of Technology.