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

Danny Prescott resigns after 14 years as Ouachita head volleyball coach

Ouachita Baptist University

Coach Danny Prescott, who has served as Ouachita Baptist University’s head volleyball coach for 14 seasons, has announced his resignation effective Dec. 31. “I am grateful to David Sharp for the opportunity to coach a sport I love at my alma mater, to which I have been fortunate to invest 23 years in various capacities,” Prescott said. “While I am extremely proud of the athletic and academic successes of the teams during my tenure and … …more

Williams Launches Presidential Search Process

Williams Baptist College

The presidential search process has begun at Williams Baptist College. Dr. Bob Magee, chair of the presidential search committee, says Williams is now accepting applications and nominations for the seventh president of the institution, which is transitioning to Williams Baptist University. “We are currently not governed by a set timeline, that is, with a deadline to find a president. We want to proceed with serious candidates and be divinely led until someone’s name surfaces,” said … …more

JBU Professor Named Emerging Public Intellectual for Literary Work

John Brown University

Wilson Selected to Complete Flannery O’Connor Novel Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, JBU associate professor of creative writing, received the 2017 Emerging Public Intellectual Award from The Center of Christian Scholarship. The $5,000 award, sponsored and adjudicated by leading intellectuals in Cardus, the Action Institute, the Center for Public Justice, the Henry Institute and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, recognizes emerging scholars in Christian academy who are making a public impact. One of the … …more

Williams Students Lead Worship at Retreat

Williams Baptist College

Baptist Collegiate Ministries from all over Arkansas gathered in Conway this year for the annual BCM Fall Retreat, and the music was led by the student worship team from Williams Baptist College. WBC’s worship team consisted of five students: Tyler Eudy, lead vocalist and guitarist; Hannah Cates, vocalist; Tabor McGraw, vocalist and drums; Hannah Estes, vocalist; and Jay Ferris, bass guitar. “The goal of leading worship is to not lead for ourselves but for the … …more