Walton College will honor outstanding alumni

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(L-R) Walton College alumni Cathy Rogers Gates, Lisa Barrentine and Shelley Simpson will be recognized April 28 for their success in business and service to the college and community.

Three outstanding alumni of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas will be honored next month at the college’s annual awards ceremony.

The event will take place on April 28 and will recognize outstanding student achievement at Walton College for the 2021-2022 academic year and honor alumni for their achievement in business and service to the college and community.

The three honored graduates for 2022 are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Cathy Rogers Gates; Assurance Partner (retired), Ernst & Young LLP; Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gates received a master’s degree in accounting from Walton College in 1986.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Lisa Barrentine; Chief Executive Officer, First Preston HT; Dallas, Texas. Barrentine obtained a BSBA in accounting in 1986.
  • Outstanding Service Award – Shelley Simpson; Chief Commercial Officer/Executive Vice President of People and Human Resources, JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc.; Lowell, Arkansas. Simpson earned a BSBA in Marketing/Transportation in 1994.

Walton College recognizes up to three alumni each year in the categories of Service, Entrepreneurship, and Lifetime Achievement. Nominations for each category are collected from faculty, staff and alumni. Final award approval rests with Dean Matthew A. Waller, with input from faculty and staff.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who have made significant achievements in their careers and who are recognized as industry and community leaders. To be considered for the award, a Walton College graduate must exemplify the college’s core values, inspire students, and be a source of pride for the school.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a Walton College graduate who has demonstrated innovation and success in a business venture of their own creation or reinvention. Preference is given to entrepreneurs who have been in business for at least five years. Special consideration is also given to emerging entrepreneurs who demonstrate the business acumen, drive and dedication essential to long-term success.

The College Outstanding Service Award recognizes the service of a Walton College graduate who helps build and maintain the network of alumni and students through active engagement, such as helping students find jobs and internships, participating in and promoting alumni activities, and volunteering for one of Walton College’s many department, center, or advisory boards.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through teaching new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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