Former Reddies join ASU School System Board of Trustees


Arkansas State University

Three new members have been appointed to the Arkansas State University School System Board of Trustees.

On Feb. 4, Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed three members to the recently expanded Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees. These new members include Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr. of Bryant, Steve Eddington of Benton, and Paul Rowton of Harrisburg. Upon Henderson State University’s joining with the ASU system, two of these board members, Rudolph and Eddington, are former Reddies.


“I am so appreciative of Governor Hutchinson for these very strong appointments to our Board of Trustees,” ASU system president Chuck Welch said.


Rowton succeeded Stacy Crawford of Jonesboro and was appointed to a seven-year term. The two new positions now held by Rudolph and Eddington have shorter terms, only for initial appointments. Rudolph’s term is six years and Eddington’s term is five years.


“I am honored that Governor Hutchinson has selected me to be a member of the Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees,” Rudolph said.


Rudolph received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Henderson in 1990. He served as student body president during this time. Rudolph is currently working towards a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is married to Michelle Parham Rudolph.


“In this position, I will make it my duty to give back to so many who have supported and encouraged me over the years,” Rudolph said.


His Excellency has 33 years of pastoral experience. Rudolph is currently the Adjutant General of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., and Jurisdictional Bishop of the St. Maarten Reheboth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Bishop serves as Chief Minister of Protocol for the Church of God in Christ and assists the Presiding Bishop in directing the National Adjutancy.


Rudolph has over 30 years of experience working within the government. He served as a clerk for the Arkansas General Assembly, a congressional aide, and a special assistant to the Governor of Arkansas. Rudolph has even participated in the White House Roundtable of African American Faith Leaders.


“My hope and clear expectation is for this merger to work out well for Henderson and for the Arkansas State University System,” Eddington said.


Eddington graduated from HSU 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. In 1997, he received a Master of Arts in Journalism from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Now, in addition to serving as president of the Alumni Association, Eddington is a life member of the H Club and a member of Sigma Tau Gamma at Henderson.


Eddington joined the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation in 2003 where he continues serving as vice president of public relations. He is a former sports information director at Henderson, as well as a former sports writer at the Arkansas Democrat. He was previously a communications executive at Alltel Corp., Alltel Information Services and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.


“I hope to bring to the group an awareness and understanding of Arkansas agriculture, our state’s largest industry,” Eddington said.


The former Reddie is married to Vanna McCauley Eddington; they have three children and a granddaughter.


“My wife and I both graduated from Henderson, as did my in-laws, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, two nieces and their spouses,” Eddington said. “So, seeing this work out well for Henderson is near to my heart.”