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Mike Ross, Daniel Brown Join ARA Board of Trustees

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Mike Ross, senior vice president of Southwest Power Pool, and Daniel Brown, Big River Steel’s chief operating officer, joined the board of trustees of the Arkansas Research Alliance, a non-profit aimed at driving technology-driven economic development in the state. 

ARA works with with industry leaders to attract and retain high impact scientific and engineering research talent. 

Ross will replace outgoing board member Barbara Sugg, Southwest Power Pool president and chief executive officer. Brown’s position adds representation from northeast Arkansas’ steel industry, ARA said in a news release. 

“Mike and Dan are seasoned leaders from two industries critical to the future of our state,” Bryan Barnhouse, ARA president and CEO, said in the news release. “They recognize the value of university research as a force for economic growth in Arkansas, and we wholeheartedly welcome them to the ARA board.” 

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