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Board of Visitors

Members of the ASU-Newport Board of Visitors are selected by the ASU System President in cooperation and coordination with the ASU-Newport Chancellor. The Board of Visitors serves in an advisory role to aid in securing financial support, to make recommendations about the educational and service needs of the service area, and to furnish counsel and guidance. It will elect from its members a chairperson, a vice chairperson, and a secretary and will meet quarterly just prior to the meeting of the ASU System Board of Trustees.

 

Chris Glenn

Chris Glenn (President)
FMH Conveyors
Jonesboro

Chris Glenn is the Director of Engineering at FMH Conveyors in Jonesboro. Originally from Dexter, Missouri, Chris Glenn grew up in the agricultural industry. In 1992 he moved to Arkansas to pursue his education and begin his career. While working full-time, he obtained a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas State University in 1997, majoring in Manufacturing/Industrial Technology. He and his wife, Amy, have been married for over 21 years. They live in Paragould with their 16-year-old son, Preston, and 14-year old daughter, Paige, who are students in the Paragould School District. Chris has served on the ASUN Board of Visitors since 2017.

Brent Lassiter

Brent Lassiter (Vice President)
Pro Ag Services, Inc.
Newport

Brent Lassiter owns and operates ProAg Services, LLC, in Newport, which provides agricultural consulting services to farmers across Arkansas. Brent graduated from both ASUN and A-State studying Agriculture Business. Brent is a lifelong resident of Jackson County and is married to his high school sweetheart, Mandi. They have two sons, Garrett and Eli. He and his family also operate a small farm in Jackson County. Brent has served on the ASUN Board of Visitors since 2017.

Joe Dupree

Joe DuPree (Secretary)
Myron Hall Land Company
Newport

Joe DuPree is a salesman at Myron Hall Land Company in Newport. He specializing in farmland sales and any other real estate transactions. Joe has more than three decades of experience working on a large, diversified family farm in Northeast Arkansas. Joe was also instrumental in establishing a custom duck hunting business on the family farm. He has helped numerous landowners and farmers in the northeast Arkansas region to establish their own hunting operations. Joe lives in Newport with his wife of 36 years, DeeDee. They have three adult children. Joe has served on the ASUN Board of Visitors since 2017.

Jan Maris

Jan Maris
Jackson’s Funeral Home, Thompson-Wilson Funeral Homes, Jackson-Griffin Insurance Agency & Backstreet Florists
Newport

Jan Maris is the owner/operator of Jackson’s Funeral Homes (Newport, Harrisburg and Newark), Thompson-Wilson Funeral Homes (Wynne and McCrory), Jackson-Griffin Insurance Agency (Newport), and Backstreet Florist (Wynne). Jan is a native of Newport, Arkansas, and a graduate of Hendrix College, where she earned her BS in Business. She has been married to her husband, Rhett, for 35 years. They have one daughter, Jessica, and two grandchildren. Jan has served on the ASUN Board of Visitors since 2017.

Tuesday Gaddis

Tuesday Gaddis
Unico Bank
Marked Tree

Tuesday Gaddis is the Branch Manager at Unico Bank in Marked Tree. She is a native of Marked Tree and graduated from Marked Tree High School in 2006. Tuesday went on to continue her education at ASUN-Marked Tree, where she graduated in 2015 with an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Networking Technology. She has one daughter, Patsy. Tuesday has served on the ASUN Board of Visitors since 2020.

Mark Young

Mark Young
Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce 
Jonesboro

Mark Young has been the President and CEO of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2006. Mark also serves as President of Jonesboro Unlimited, an economic development organization. Mark received his B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from A-State. He has been a Certified Economic Developer since 1994. Mark recently served on the Governor's Economic Recovery Task Force and is past Chairman of the Northeast Arkansas Economic Development Coalition and the Arkansas Economic Developers. Mark is married to Mitzi. They have two sons, Adam and Alex. Mark has served on the ASUN Board of Visitors since 2021.

Jeff Sampson

Jeff Sampson
SBT Food Group
Newport

Jeff Sampson is the co-owner of SBT Food Group (Subway) and Director of Operations for their five locations. They have one location in Newport and four in Southern Missouri. Jeff studied Business Administration at A-State and the University of Central Arkansas before becoming entrepreneur and owner of several small businesses in Northeast Arkansas. Jeff is a native of Newport and is married to his high school sweetheart, Lauren. They have two children, Jack and Luke. Jeff has served on the ASUN Board of Visitors since 2021.