Hall of Honor

Richard Arnold – Friend of the District

Richard Arnold was named Conway Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer in 1998. He began working at Conway Corporation in 1978 in the data processing department, where he served as manager until his promotion to Manager of Finance and Accounting. In 1996, he was named Chief Financial Officer. He is one of only five individuals that have …

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John McConnell – Friend of the District

The late Conway Public Schools board member and board president John McConnell is the namesake of the Conway High School football stadium. A prominent Conway business, McConnell owned several companies but always gave his undivided attention to Conway Public Schools. He served on the school board for 16 years, including 11 years as president. As …

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Dr. Woodrow Cummins – Distinguished Educator

A native of Marked Tree, Ark., Woodrow “Woody” Cummins attended Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas), where he played football and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He also earned his specialist and doctorate in education the University of Arkansas. Cummins taught elementary school and served as principal and assistant superintendent. He …

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Dr. Bobby New – Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Bobby C. New, a 1965 Conway High School graduate, began his in public education career in Conway, where he served a decade as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent. A member of the 1964 undefeated Wampus Cat football team, New later played for the University of Central Arkansas, where he earned his bachelor’s …

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Ray Simon – Friend of the District

Conway native Ray Simon is the former United States Deputy Secretary of Education. Simon began his career as a mathematics teacher at North Little Rock High School and directed computer and food services before he returned to Conway Public Schools as assistant superintendent for finance and later as superintendent from 1991 to 1997. Raymond & …

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Tom Courtway – Distinguished Alumnus

Tom Courtway, a 1971 Conway High School graduate, is the 10th president of the University of Central Arkansas. He is an alumnus of Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas School of Law, and Georgetown University. Courtway practiced law for several years and previously served as UCA general counsel and interim president, vice president of Hendrix …

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