John E. Brown III

Executive Director

Windgate Charitable Foundation Inc.

Siloam Springs

Age: 65

John E. Brown III

John E. Brown III has headed the Windgate Charitable Foundation since its founding in 1993. The foundation, which had $174.3 million in assets at the end of 2013, primarily supports arts education projects, K-12 school improvement programs, higher education initiatives, programs to strengthen family relationships and some human service programs. Brown is a former president of John Brown University, the Christian college founded by his grandfather in 1919. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from JBU in 1971 and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1974. Brown served two terms as a senator in the Arkansas Legislature. He’s a trustee of JBU and president of Philanthropy Southwest, a professional association of some 240 grant-makers.