Board of Trustees


Price Garnder

Price Gardner

Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Price Gardner of Little Rock is the Managing Partner of Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP, the state’s largest law firm, and has been a member of the firm since 1989.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in accounting at Arkansas State in 1984 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in 1988. He also has a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. In addition to being a member of the Arkansas bar since 1988, he is also licensed as a certified public accountant (inactive) in Arkansas.

He is a member of Fifty for the Future, Arkansas and American Bar Associations, the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre Board, the Red Wolves Foundation and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He is a 1924 Sustaining Life Member of the ASU Alumni Association.

While at Arkansas State, he was a four-year football letterman, two-time All-Southland Conference selection and three-time Southland Conference All-Academic Team.

His appointment expires in January 2022.

Christy Clark

Christy Clark

Little Rock, Arkansas
Vice Chair

Christy Clark, a 1992 graduate of Arkansas State University, is controller of Clark Contractors LLC of Little Rock.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Arkansas State and is an inactive Certified Public Accountant. Professional memberships include the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

She is a founding member of the A-State Women’s Business Leadership Center, a 1924 Sustaining Life Member of the ASU Alumni Association, a member of Chi Omega, and a member of the board for Home for Healing. She and her husband, William, are co-chairs of the Baptist Health Bolo Bash for 2021 in conjunction with her chairing the Partnerships for Life capital campaign to raise funds to renovate the Baptist Breast Center. In addition, she is a life member of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, a life member of the CHI St. Vincent Auxiliary and a member of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary.

The Clarks received the 2018 Arkansas JDRF Imagine Gala Living & Giving Award on behalf of Clark Contractors.

They have three children: Will, Ben and Alex.

Her appointment expires in January 2023.

Tim Langford

Dr. Tim Langford

Little Rock, Arkansas

Tim D. Langford, M.D., is Medical Director of Arkansas Urology, a large independent urology group in Little Rock. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Campus (UAMS).

Dr. Langford graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Arkansas State University in 1983, where he was an All-Southland Conference quarterback. He won a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award in 1983, was elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017, and was inducted into the A-State Football Ring of Honor in 2008.

He and his wife, Terri, are 1924 Sustaining Life Members of the ASU Alumni Association and members of the Red Wolves Foundation.

After receiving his medical degree from UAMS in 1988, Dr. Langford’s postgraduate training included two years of general surgery followed by urology residency at UAMS. He joined Arkansas Urology in 1993 and practices general urology with a special emphasis in robotic surgery, male incontinence, prosthetic surgery, and advanced prostate cancer.

Dr. Langford has been involved in several urological organizations. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Arkansas Urological Society (1996-2001) and was President of the AUS in 2002. Also, he has served the South Central Section of the AUA as area representative, treasurer (2013-2016), Program Chair (2017) and is the 2018 SCS President.

In addition to service on the ASU Board of Trustees, Dr. Langford has served his community and state in several leadership roles, including member of the Arkansas Coordinating Board of Higher Education, Chief of Staff at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock (2015-2016), and member of the board of Arkansas Mutual.

He was first appointed to the Board in 2014 by Gov. Mike Beebe and was reappointed to the Board in 2019 by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. His reappointment expires Jan. 14, 2024.

Niel Crowson

Niel Crowson

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Mr. Niel Crowson of Jonesboro is chairman of the board of E.C. Barton & Company, one of Arkansas’ largest privately owned businesses. He serves as a board member and executive committee member of St. Bernard’s Healthcare and is a member of Jonesboro Unlimited.

Mr. Crowson also is a board member for the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation and a member of the Arkansas Good Roads Association. He has been significantly involved in the Do It Best Corporation, the Jonesboro Jaycees, and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Disposal Authority.

He has served his alma mater as a member of the ASU Foundation Board of Directors as well as serving as former chair of the A-State Chancellor’s Cabinet. He is a 1924 Sustaining Life Member of the ASU Alumni Association, and in 2012 he was honored as a university Distinguished Alumni by the Alumni Association.

Mr. Crowson earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Arkansas State University in 1975. He was first appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2015 and served as chair of the ASU Board in 2019. He was reappointed in 2020 and his reappointment expires in January 2025.

Steve Eddington

Steve Eddington


Steve Eddington, a 1984 graduate of Henderson State with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a 1997 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Master of Arts in journalism, is vice president of public relations at Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. He joined Farm Bureau in 2003 and is responsible for public information efforts that promote the policies, programs and achievements of the 190,000-member statewide agricultural advocacy organization.

A native of Warren, he was previously a communications executive at Alltel Corp., Alltel Information Services and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He is a former sportswriter at the Arkansas Democrat and was sports information director at Henderson.

In addition to serving as president of the Alumni Association, Eddington is a life member of the H Club and a member of Sigma Tau Gamma at Henderson.

He and his wife, Vanna McCauley Eddington, have three children: Hannah Lamb, a teacher in Nashville, Tenn.; Sarah, a first-year psychiatric resident at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis; and Sam, a second-year pharmacy student at UAMS, as well as a granddaughter.

Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr.

Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr.


Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr. received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1990 from Henderson State, where he served as student body president. He will receive his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Texas at El Paso this year. He is the Adjutant General of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., and Jurisdictional Bishop of the St. Maarten Reheboth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He serves as Chief Minister of Protocol for the Church of God in Christ and assists the Presiding Bishop in directing the National Adjutancy.

He has 33 years of pastoral experience serving congregations in Arkansas. His secular career spans three decades in government, including service as a clerk for the Arkansas General Assembly, a congressional aide and a special assistant to the Governor of Arkansas. Rudolph has participated in the White House Roundtable of African American Faith Leaders and is married to Michelle Parham Rudolph.

Paul Rowton

Paul Rowton


Paul Rowton, a 1998 graduate of Arkansas State with a Bachelor of Science in marketing, is executive vice president of GES Inc. GES operates seven Edwards Food Giant stores and five Edwards Cash Saver stores. He is also a partner in Fast Lane Markets LLC, which operates convenience stores.

A native of Forrest City, Rowton is past president of the A-State Alumni Association and helped oversee construction of the Cooper Alumni Center. The 2009 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree is also a past chairman, treasurer, vice chair and board member of the Arkansas Grocers & Retail Merchants Association and past president of the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce.

Rowton is a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He and his wife – Ashley Edwards Rowton, a 1999 graduate of A-State – are 1924 Sustaining Life Members of the A-State Alumni Association and are members of the Red Wolves Foundation. They have two sons, JP and William.

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