Beebe, Brooks, Hubbard Join UAMS Foundation Fund Board

Beebe, Brooks, Hubbard Join UAMS Foundation Fund Board
Sonja Yates Hubbard

Seven new members have been elected to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation Fund Board.

The board, a subsidiary of the nonprofit University of Arkansas Foundation Inc., aims to secure private, philanthropic support for the benefit of UAMS

Its members "serve as ambassadors and raise public awareness" of the role UAMS has in Arkansas. Members can serve up to three terms for a total of nine years.

"The UAMS Foundation Fund Board offers valuable support to UAMS as we strive to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans," Chancellor Dan Rahn said in a news release. "We are grateful to these individuals for volunteering their time and expertise."

The new members are:

  • Mike Beebe of Searcy — Arkansas governor from 2007-2015, serves as of counsel for Roberts Law Firm PA. He also served as 20 years as a state senator and four years as attorney general. He is the chair of the Central Arkansas General Hospital board of directors and is a member of the Tyson Foods Inc. board of directors.
  • Mary Beth Brooks of Fayetteville — The retired CEO of The Bank of Fayetteville. She serves as a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council and the Fayetteville Public Schools Foundation Board, and is an advisory board member for the Yvonne Richardson Community Center.
  • Michael Gibson of Heber Springs — A retired Osceola district court judge and former chairman of the Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners. He is a member of the Judd Hill Foundation board of trustees, the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging Community Advisory Board, and the UAMS Regional Programs Northeast Advisory Board.
  • Sonja Yates Hubbard of Texarkana, Texas — The CEO of E-Z Mart Inc. She serves as chairman of the Arkansas Research Alliance board of trustees, director of the Texas Petroleum and Convenience Store Association and serves on the Wadley Regional Medical Center Systems board of directors. She is a former board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Little Rock Branch.
  • Cindy Pugh of Little Rock — The retired director of employment for Alltel Wireless. She was a UAMS Foundation Fund Board member from 2006-2015 and has chaired the UAMS Foundation Fund Board Philanthropy Committee since 2014. She is also a former board member of the Arkansas Community Foundation and past president of the Junior League of Little Rock.
  • Dewitt Smith III of Bella Vista — The president and CEO of Devereux Management Co. He serves on the Washington Regional Medical Foundation board of directors and the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business Garrison Financial Institute Advisory Board, and is a commissioner for the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.
  • Joe Clay Young IV of Jonesboro — The vice president of financial advisory for Merrill Lynch and owner of Young Investment Co. LLC, which is active in revitalizing downtown Jonesboro. He is a member of the City of Jonesboro Comprehensive Planning Advisory Commission – Jonesboro Vision 2030 Team.