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Hilburn apponted to
UA Board of Trustees


Sam Hilburn

Gov. Mike Huckabee has appointed Walnut Ridge native Sam Hilburn to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas System.

Hilburn, 64, of North Little Rock is an attorney and is a senior partner with Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski & Calhoun, Ltd. He is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

"Sam Hilburn loves the University of Arkansas as much as he loves Arkansas, which is a lot," Gov. Huckabee said. "He attributes his education in both undergraduate and law school at UA to be one of his most cherished possessions. He has spent a professional life in continuing service and devotion to his home state and will be a passionate advocate for academic excellence at all the campuses."

Hilburn's term is effective immediately and ends on March 1, 2014. He replaces Craig Campbell of Little Rock, who was recently appointed to the State Game and Fish Commission.

Stanley Reed, chairman of the board, said, "Sam will be a tremendous addition to the UA system. He's a wonderful asset to the state, and it's good to have him aboard."

Hilburn graduated from the U. of A. campus in Fayetteville in 1964 and obtained a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School in 1971.

"I just want to be able to make some sort of positive contribution," Hilburn said. "The university has been a big part of my life, and this is my chance to give back to it."

Hilburn's involvement in the university has been long-established, said Alan Sugg, president of the University of Arkansas system. "He's a strong supporter, a guy who really cares about education," said Sugg.

Among Hilburn's goals is establishing a Northwest Arkansas satellite campus for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The medical school is based in Little Rock.

"Watching the progress of trying to find some arrangements for medical school programs in that area has been very interesting. It seems like such a logical thing to do with everything that's going on in that corner of the state," Hilburn said.

The governor appoints the trustees, typically for 10-year terms.

The U. of A. trustees now consists of: Stanley Reed, Marianna (chairman); Jim Lindsey, Fayetteville (vice chairman); Jane Rogers, Little Rock; Carl Johnson, Little Rock; Charles Scharlau III, Fayetteville; Tim Hunt, Paragould; John Ed Anthony, Hot Springs; Mike Akin, Monticello; Jim Von Gremp, Rogers; and Sam Hilburn, North Little Rock.

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