Photography by Jamison Mosley
Why UA Little Rock?
I was born in Freeport, Texas – my parents were living in California at the time, and my dad took her to Texas so I would be born on Texas soil. My family moved to Arkansas when I was three, and I grew up in Little Rock.
I considered a number of different colleges, both in Arkansas and in other states. Ultimately, I chose UA Little Rock because of the Donaghey Scholars Program, which provided a full scholarship and gave me the opportunity to study in Europe. At the time, it was one of the top-rated honors programs in the country.
The Scholars Program provided excellent preparation for a career in the legal profession, both because the Socratic teaching methods used in the Scholars Program prepared me for law school and because I honed my writing skills through the iterative process used by most of the Scholars faculty. I have applied the tools I learned in the Scholars Program throughout my professional career.
I clerked for the Honorable Judge Richard S. Arnold, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. After that, I spent 5 years at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.
I moved back to Arkansas in 2000 to join Aristotle Internet Access, the company my father founded. When my father passed away in 2010, I took over as Chairman of the Board of Aristotle, and in 2018, spun out Aristotle’s broadband division, Aristotle Unified Communications, into its own company. I am currently the CEO and Chair of the Board of AUC.
Affordable and relevant, a great metropolitan university is critical to the infrastructure of a vibrant city. It also requires a strong alumni association that’s engaged in civic and business leadership throughout the Capital City. UA Little Rock boasts both – with a shared vision for the future. As UA Little Rock celebrates the success of its alumni, the university and alumni reflect on the role the institution plays in the continued economic development of Central Arkansas and the wealth of knowledge is offer current students.