Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made three new appointments to the Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees.
Hutchinson appointed Paul Rowton of Harrisburg, Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr. of Bryant and Steve Eddington of Benton to the board. The new appointees are part of an expanded ASU System Board of Trustees, which Act 18 of 2021 expanded from five to seven seats. The act also increased board appointments to seven years. This expansion was due to the addition of Henderson State University, ASU Three Rivers and ASU-Mid-South to the ASU System.
Rowton will serve a seven-year term, replacing Stacy Crawford of Jonesboro on the board. His term will expire in 2028.
However, Rudolph and Eddington will serve shorter terms; these positions will only have shorter terms for these initial appointments. Rudolph will serve a six year term until 2027, and Eddington’s five year term will expire in 2026.
Rowton, a 1998 ASU graduate, is the executive vice president of GES Inc., which operates seven Edwards Food Giant stores and five Edwards Cash Saver Stores. In addition, Rowton is a partner in Fast Lane Markets LLC, a convenience store operator.
Rudolph is the Adjutant General of the Church of God in Christ Inc. and Jurisdictional Bishop of the St. Maarten Reheboth Ecclesiastical Jurisidiction. He also serves as the Chief Minister of Protocol for the Church of God in Christ. Rudolph is a Henderson State graduate.
Eddington, also a Henderson State graduate, is the vice president of public relations at Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation.