Alumnus Elected to National Leadership Board

Darrin Williams

CONWAY, Ark. (December 11, 2012) – Hendrix alumnus Rep. Darrin Williams, of Little Rock, Ark., will now be helping to educate legislators from across the country on policy and leadership as he serves on the Board of Directors for the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF).

Williams, a 1990 Hendrix graduate, was elected to the board at the SLLF Winter Leadership Conference on Saturday.

"Because Arkansans have the courage to think differently, we have been able to offer new solutions to old problems. State leaders from across the country are now watching," Williams said in a press release. "Reforming our justice system and revamping the way we pay for Medicaid care did not happen overnight. It took all of us doing extensive research into what works and what doesn't. I am very pleased to now serve with an organization that can help provide state leaders with that kind of ground-breaking knowledge."

Established in 1972, SLLF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which provides state legislative leaders with information on critical public policy issues and aspects of leadership. SLLF's national educational programs are held in partnership with leading universities, independent research, and various leadership publications. In 2009, as a freshman legislator, Rep. Williams was invited to attend SLLF's Emerging Political Leaders program at the Darden School of Business on the campus of the University of Virginia.

Williams represents Arkansas House District 36, which includes parts of Little Rock and Pulaski County. He is the managing partner at the law firm of Carney Williams Bates Pulliam and Bowman.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.