McReynolds to Speak at UAFS Commencement Dec. 15

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Judy McReynolds

Judy McReynolds, chairman, president and chief executive officer of ArcBest Corporation, will serve as the guest speaker for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s commencement ceremony held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.


McReynolds will address students completing graduation requirements during the fall semester and second summer term. The ceremony will take place in the Stubblefield Center on UAFS campus.


In her role, McReynolds is responsible for managing the multibillion-dollar freight transportation and logistics services company, including oversight of the operating companies ABF Freight, ABF Logistics, Panther Premium Logistics, FleetNet America and ABF Moving.


She has held the role since 2010 and has served as chairman of the board since April 2016. McReynolds also serves on numerous boards, including boards for the UAFS Foundation, First National Bank of Fort Smith, and the Transportation Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.


A certified public accountant, McReynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.


Dr. Paul B. Beran, UAFS chancellor, said the university is honored to have McReynolds speak.


“It is fitting that the head of ArcBest would speak at our ceremony, as she represents a company that provides opportunities for our region and state, including employment for many of our graduates here at UAFS,” Beran said. “We are excited to have the head of one of our top industry partners speaking to our graduates as they prepare to be successful after graduation, whether it be through entering the workforce or continuing their education.”


In addition to Chancellor Beran, UAFS administrators presenting candidates are Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs; Dr. Ken Warden, dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology; Dr. Ashok Subramanian, dean of the College of Business; Dr. Carolyn Mosley, dean of the College of Health Sciences; Dr. Paul Hankins, dean of the College of Communication, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences; Dr. Ron Darbeau, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Dr. Norm Dennis, senior associate dean for the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville; and Wayne Womack, registrar.


Rick Goins, director of alumni affairs, will also provide a welcome from the Alumni Association. Dr. Becky Williamson, master marshal and bearer of the mace, will give a call to order and adjournment. Music will be provided by the UAFS Symphonic Band, and Dr. Rager Moore, associate professor of music and voice, will serve as vocalist with the band on the National Anthem and the alma mater. Dr. Stephen Husarik, head carillonneur, will provide pre-ceremony music and post-recessional bell peal on the Donald W. Reynolds Bell Tower carillon.


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Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
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