Skip Rutherford is Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service In Little Rock, the nation's first to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he received the Journalism Department's first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has an extensive private sector background in communications and public relations and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas, the University of the Ozarks. Lyon College and the University of Central Arkansas. In 2015, he was a awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Hendrix College.
He serves on the Board of Trustees at Lyon College, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Mid-South in Jackson, MS; and the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Children's Hospital System where he has promoted statewide children's health advocacy through the formation of the Natural Wonders Partnership Council.
He was the founding chairman of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts and was on the Little Rock School Board from 1987-1991, serving as president in 1989-90.
He has been named Headliner of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association; Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association; Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Times; and was recognized as Tourism Person of the Year at the Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism.
He and his wife, Billie, are the parents of three children. They are members of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church where he co-teaches a young adult Sunday School class; is a past chairman of the Board of Stewards and co-chaired the church's centennial celebration. He also co-owns and manages two family farms in Independence and Jackson counties.