University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Director of Public Programs and Strategic Partnerships Nikolai DiPippa and Class 7 alum Burt Hicks were recently named to the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.
The two were selected by an internal committee from more than 300 nominees. The committee considered previous accomplishments, both professional and in community service
DiPippa, whose work with the schools dates back to before it opened, oversees the Clinton School Speaker Series. The series has hosted nearly 1,300 programs, including 47 ambassadors, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 12 heads of state, and seven Nobel Prize winners. More than 200,000 have attended the series in-person while more than 500,000 more have viewed programs online.
During the 2017-18 academic year, DiPippa oversaw the launch of the Clinton School’s first online degree, the Executive Master of Public Service.
Hicks, who currently serves as president and CEO of the Simmons First Investment Group, also earned a concurrent juris doctor from the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. SFIG is a retail broker-dealer and investment adviser, and he immediately oversaw a restructuring of the growing operation that resulted in record revenue and profit.
See the complete list of the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.