Alumni Advisory Council (2012-2013)

  Randy Wewers (chair) of Atlanta is the retired senior vice president and chief technology officer of Equifax Inc., one of America's largest consumer credit reporting agencies. He began his career with Equifax in 1963 and served in a number of executive capacities with the company, most surrounding the development and growth of technology. He is a 1958 graduate of Fort Smith Junior College, from which he earned an Associate of Arts degree. He is also a 1963 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, earning a degree in business administration. He is an avid supporter of UAFS and a mentor to the newly established alumni program. Wewers, who has made recent visits to Fort Smith from Atlanta to support various events on campus, served as the keynote speaker during the first Undergraduate Research Symposium. Wewers also served on the UAFS Foundation Board. 


Terrence S. Carter of Arkadelphia is currently director of Upward Bound at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, where he has served for 18 years. Carter attended UAFS in 1985-87 when it was Westark Community College. He was a member of the Westark Lions men's basketball team. Carter is married to Rennette Ealy-Carter, who also attended UAFS (Westark) at that time and was a member of the Lady Lions basketball team. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Henderson State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University in St. Louis. Carter's board appointments include Quapaw House of Hot Springs, Future Teachers of America and Boys and Girls Club of Clark County.

Rebecca Hurst of Fayetteville is co-founder and managing partner of Smith-Hurst, PLC, a regional law firm in Fayetteville. She attended Arkansas State University classes on the Westark campus and graduated magna cum laude from ASU. She is a 2005 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law where, in addition to serving as the executive editor of the Arkansas Law Review, she was a Charles Thomas Pearson Fellow and scholarship recipient and the justice of the local Phi Alpha Delta organization. Hurst also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) degree from New York University School of Law.           

Karla Jacobs of Fort Smith has previously operated her own business and worked in education. She attended Westark, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Cincinnati. Jacobs' volunteer efforts have included serving as president of the Fort Smith Museum of History, the Volunteer Connection and the Children's Service League. She has also served on the boards of Fort Smith Chorale, Bonneville House, Fort Smith Parent Teacher Associations, Fort Smith Public School Foundation and Phillips Cancer Support House. She has also been recognized as a Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, Volunteer of the Year, Frontier Achievement Award and Lifetime Fort Smith PTA Award. 

Chester Koprovic of Fort Smith is chair of Boyd Metals, SVC, KOPCO-NWC and Butler and Cook Inc. and is owner or co-owner of several other companies. He attended Westark and earned an Associate of Arts degree in 1975. Koprovic chairs the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and has served as co-chair of the Economic Development Committee of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce Employer Health Coalition and the Educational Public Facility in Sebastian County. He is a member of the Small Business Compliance Panel of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the long-range planning committee of his church.

Warren L. Rapert of Coppell, Texas, is vice president for finance and chief financial officer with Trans-Trade in Las Colinas, just northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Trans-Trade is a supplier of domestic and international logistics – air, ocean, truck and train. He previously served as the regional chief financial officer of Worldwide Flight Services. Rapert attended Westark from 1977-1982 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University in 1997.

Pamela Tolliver Rice of Arlington, Texas, is the administrative coordinator for a six-doctor specialist medical practice in Dallas and has spent many years in management positions in the fields of manufacturing, higher education and medical practice. Rice attended Westark and earned an Associate of Arts degree in Art in 1970. Rice is one of the original members of the River Valley Art Center, founder of a sorority chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and has served on various church committees. She is past president of the Republican Women in Pope County, Ark.
Rick Rice of Arlington, Texas, is manager of campus services at Dallas Theological Seminary where he has served for 21 years. He is a 1974 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. He also attended Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served as vice president of the Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce, member of the Dardanelle Industrial Development Committee, chairman of the Pope County Republican Party and co-chair of the Pope County Election Commission.

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