Rush Harding to Receive UCA Award

The University of Central Arkansas at Conway said this week that it is giving Rush F. Harding III, the CEO of Little Rock investment banking firm Crews & Associates, its Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Harding is set to receive the award a spring commencement on Saturday.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor for an alumnus of UCA, given "for outstanding contribution to the university, community, state or society; outstanding achievement in a particular field of endeavor; possessing a reputation that enhances the reputation of the university and serves as an example to UCA students; and contributing to the goals or the welfare of the university."
In 2002, Harding established the Holloway-Hicks Scholarship to benefit African-American students. In 2004, he and wife Linda gave more than $1.4 million to UCA, the largest single gift in the university's history. UCA used the donation to support student scholarships and to construct Harding Centennial Plaza.
In 2006, Harding and his wife were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The couple is also co-chairing UCA's first major, comprehensive fund-raising campaign, which coincides with the university's 100th anniversary.
Harding, who graduated Clarendon High School in 1972, graduated with honors from UCA in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in math and English.
In 1979, Harding, along with Adron Crews and five other partners, founded Crews & Associates. He was executive vice president from 1979 to 1996. He was named president in 1996 and chief executive officer in 2000.