What’s now Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities was founded in March 1954 as the Arkansas Foundation of Associated Colleges. It began as a sort of “United Way” for the state’s private colleges and universities but has since evolved into an organization that also provides extensive governmental affairs and public affairs support for its 11 member institutions.

In July 2015, Dr. Rex Horne became the AICU president after nine years as the president of Ouachita Baptist University. Horne travels statewide to educate business and civic leaders in all parts of Arkansas about the importance of private higher education.

The 11 colleges and universities that are members of AICU are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. AICU is a tax-exempt charitable organization under federal and state laws. All contributions to the AICU scholarship fund are tax deductible. …more

News from our member institutions

Jones Leaving Williams for California Position

Williams Baptist College

Dr. Tom Jones, president of Williams Baptist University since 2012, has announced that he will leave Williams later this year for a position in California.  Jones has accepted a post on the executive management staff of the California Baptist Foundation. “It has been my humble honor and privilege to have served as president and I am gratefully indebted for the wonderful opportunity the Board of Trustees has given me these past 5 ½ years,” Jones … …more

JBU Board of Trustees Approves New Facility for Art and Engineering Students

John Brown University

The John Brown University Board of Trustees approved construction of the Peer-Andrus Studio and Project Barn to provide studio and project space for art and engineering students. The new building is named after Charles Peer, professor of visual arts, and Dave Andrus, professor of visual arts and department head, who together founded JBU’s Visual Arts program in 1990. In the last 27 years, Visual Arts has grown to be the largest JBU program with 8 … …more

Historian to Speak at WBC

Archive Williams Baptist College

Historian and author Dr. Calvin White, Jr., will present “Reconstruction, Reformation, and the Roots of the Church of God in Christ” at WBC on Thursday, October 26 at 7p.m.  The lecture will take place in the Eagle Coffeehouse & Grill of WBC’s Mabee Student Center. White is chair of the Department of History at the University of Arkansas.  He is a native Arkansan, raised in Stuttgart, and attended the University of Central Arkansas where he … …more

Williams Homecoming is Nov. 4

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Williams Baptist College is set to host its annual Homecoming on Saturday, November 4, when alumni and other friends of the college come to campus for a day of reunions and activities. The day’s activities will kick off at 10 a.m., with a 20th Anniversary Reunion of The Cast in the Swaim Administration Building atrium.  At 11 a.m. there will be both alumni baseball and softball games, and picnics, at their respective fields. 100 Years … …more