Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Price Gardner, a managing partner at Friday Eldredge & Clark, to a second term on the Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees.
Gardner of Little Rock is a 1984 graduate of Arkansas State. He was first appointed to a five-year term on the board in 2017. His reappointment is for a seven-year term.
Gardner is the current vice chair of the board. He served as chair in 2021.
System President Chuck Welch said in a news release that he's grateful Gardner is returning.
“Trustee Gardner brings expertise to the ASU System in so many areas,” Welch said. “We value his input and leadership, and we look forward to his continued oversight as we address opportunities and challenges for the system and its role in higher education.”
The ASU System has grown to seven member institutions during Gardner's time on the board. Henderson State joined in 2021 and ASU Three Rivers joined in 2020.
“I’m proud of the expansion and strengthening of the ASU System amid the past two years of coping with the pandemic,” Gardner said in a news release. “Our team systemwide has shown resilience both operationally and financially while serving and protecting our students. I think we deliver excellent educational options at a good price and investment value to students, and I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Welch and my board colleagues.”
Gardner is a member of Fifty for the Future, the Arkansas and American Bar Associations, the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Red Wolves Foundation.
As a football player at Arkansas State, he was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection and three-time selection on the conference's All-Academic Team.
In 2021, Gardner was named a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.