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UCA Board of Trustees chooses 2014 Chair

Posted: December 16, 2013 - 2:13pm

Kay Hinkle will serve as the 2014 Chair of the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees.

Hinkle, of Mountain View, was first appointed to the board in 2004 and reappointed in 2011. Hinkle’s goals include seeing continued financial stability and student enrollment and retention increases.

“I think our financial situation has improved greatly, and I am so appreciative of the work that’s been done by our faculty and staff. I’m hoping that we will continue on that same path that it is right now,” Hinkle said. “I think that things have really turned around for UCA.”

The University of Central Arkansas is expected to complete the expansion of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center in fall 2014 and break ground on the first phase of a Greek Village project in spring 2014.

“We’re going to be able to do some things that we haven’t been able to do,” Hinkle said. “We are beginning construction on Greek Village and that’s going to be so important to this campus.”

Board members Brad Lacy and Shelia Vaught will be 2014 Vice Chair and Secretary, respectively.

Hinkle first served as chair of the Board of Trustees in 2007. In that year, the university reached an enrollment of 12,600 students, established the master of science in instructional technology, and dedicated the then newly-constructed Student Health Center.

Originally from Malvern, Hinkle is a 1970 graduate of UCA with a degree in Business Education. Hinkle is a charter member and past president of the Stone County Scholarship Foundation Board, and a member of the Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center. She has been a teacher and has owned an antique and gift shop in Mountain View. She and her husband, Jim, were Stone County Distinguished Citizens for 2010. Jim Hinkle serves as chairman of the Board for Centennial Bank in Mountain View and also serves on Home Banc Shares Holding Company Board in Conway. They are active members of Flatwoods Baptist Church, and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. Hinkle also served on the Mountain View School Board for ten years.

Hinkle’s current term will expire January 2018.

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