James L. Skip Rutherford III, Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, will speak at the monthly Mayor’s Community Meeting in Batesville, Ark., on Thursday. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. at the Best Dam Steakhouse.
Rutherford, a Batesville native, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He received the Journalism Department’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has an extensive private sector background in communications and public relations and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas; Lyon College; the University of the Ozarks; the University of Central Arkansas; and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
He serves on the Board of Trustees at Lyon College, the Health Policy Board for the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, and the Board of Directors of Arkansas Children’s Inc. where he has promoted statewide children’s health advocacy. He served as the first president of the advisory board for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts and is a past president of the Little Rock School Board.