Arkansas Governor’s School has been held on the Hendrix College campus in Conway since its conception in 1980.
As part of the normal process, every three years, institutions around the state have the opportunity to submit proposals to the Arkansas Department of Education to host the summer initiative on their campus; the request this year was released in January to all four-year colleges and universities in the state, according to a news release from ADE.
This year, the ADE received proposals from the University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College and Arkansas Tech University.
“As the host institution of this Arkansas Department of Education program since its first session in 1980, we are proud of our connection to the history of AGS and look forward to seeing the program continue in the future,” Hendrix College President Bill Tsuitsui, said.
The release stated that the Arkansas General Assembly first authorized funds for the AGS.
The Arkansas Department of Education rules governing the AGS site selection reads that the school will be a four or six week residential summer program held annually for 400 junior students in high school heading into their senior year with the intent to give those selected students a challenging opportunity to “experience concepts and theories with an emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century thought for the interpretation of facts.”
For the new site selection, ADE Commissioner Johnny Key selected the following to serve on the site selection committee:
• Andrea Allen from Jonesboro.
• Henry Anderson from Little Rock.
• Kenneth Bridges from El Dorado.
• Curtis Cunningham from Siloam Springs.
• Wayne Fawcett from Paris.
• Heather Holaway from Fayetteville.
• Donna Hutchinson from Bella Vista.
• Michelle Johnson from Hot Springs.
• David Larson from Conway.
• John Ponder from DeQueen.
• Lenett Thrasher from Greenbrier.
• Darren Waddles from Mountain View.
• Barbara Warren from Pine Bluff.
• Jason Williamson from Star City.
• Ken Yang from Bryant.
The selection committee will conduct onsite reviews this summer and make a recommendation to the commissioner and based on the established guidelines, each site will be evaluated on various components, such as the proposed curriculum, operational staff including the program director, dates the campus and facilities are available, staff development and available security and health services, according to the release.
Selection criteria is available in the ADE Rules Governing Arkansas Governor’s School Site Selection at http://bit.ly/2HofVmK. The final selection will be announced this summer.