- Kelly Eichler’s appointment will expire on March 1, 2026.
- Sheffield Nelson’s appointment will expire on March 1, 2025
Kelly’s ties to the University of Arkansas System run deep starting with her great grandfather, Sy Campbell, who graduated the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1910. Her grandmother, Erline Campbell Pace, who was president of Pi Beta Phi and crowned Razorback Homecoming Queen, graduated in 1936. Her father and brother, Jim Pace, are also alumni.
In addition, her husband, Brad, head of Corporate Finance at Stephens, Inc., is a graduate of UALR and currently serves on the foundation Board. He was recently named as a Distinguished Alumni and member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a business school honors society. They have two children: Alex and Max.
Sheffield Nelson earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock Division in 1969 and is a graduate of the Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas). He has served on the Boards of Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He served at two different times on the Arkansas Board of Higher Education.
Nelson is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Arkla. For the past 30 years, he has been a senior partner at the law firm, House, Wallace, Nelson and Jewell, and a successor firm, Jack Nelson and Jones.
Nelson served on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 2000-2007. The Sheffield Nelson Dagmar Wildlife Management Area was named after him for his service to the people of Arkansas, as a commissioner. In addition, he has served as president of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission
Nelson won the Republican nomination for Arkansas governor in 1990 and 1994, and served as co-chairman of the state’s Republican Party from 1991-1992, and as Republican National Committeeman from 1993-2000.
Nelson and his wife, Mary Lynn, have two children, fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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