The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees named Joe Allison and Terry Pillow as 2013 UCA Distinguished Alumnus during a special-called meeting Friday.

Allison grew up in Little Rock and graduated from UCA in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Later, he received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Purdue University. He has worked for ConocoPhillips in the Research and Development Department since 1983 and is the inventor/co-inventor of 35 U.S. patents and a dozen international patents, according to a news release.

Pillow graduated from UCA in 1976 with a bachelor of business administration in marketing. He was active in Sigma Tau Gamma and was a class officer. He has achieved outstanding success in business while working his way in the clothing industry to his current position as CEO of Tommy Bahama Group, which employs more than 1,500 and does about $50 million in sales revenue.

Allison and Pillow will be honored April 27 at the third "Night of Distinction" gala at UCA.