College Candidates Focus On Quality, Affordability

Posted: October 14, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.

Providing quality education at an affordable price is a priority for five candidates running for two spots on the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees.

Zone 1

Scott Grigsby

Age: 60

Residency: Bella Vista, 12 years

Family: Wife, Shawn; two children

Employment: Regional manager for Arvest Bank

Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance and banking from University of Arkansas; graduate certificate in banking from University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

Military experience: None

Political experience: Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees from 1988-94 and chairman from 1995-96.

Jim Parsons

Age: 79

Residency: Bella Vista, 12 years; Rogers 10 years

Family: Wife, Jody; one child

Employment: Retired as division chairman of science and math from NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Education: Master’s degree in biology and post-graduate work in school administration from East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas; post-graduate work in nuclear physics, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.; post-graduate work in biology and chemistry from University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Military experience: Retired lieutenant colonel, Army Special Forces.

Political experience: Ecclesia College Board of Trustee since 2002; NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees 1996-2002; Bella Vista Property Owners Association Board member for 38 days in 2010; unsuccessful runs for Arkansas state representative seats in 1986, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010 and 2012 along with Arkansas Secretary of State in 1990, Arkansas senate seat in 1992, Bella Vista Mayor in 2006 and Bella Vista City Council in 2008.

Zone 2

Johnny Haney


Age: 59

Residency: Bentonville, 29 years

Family: Wife, Beth; three children

Employment: Self-employed as a salesman

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business from University of Texas-Permian-Basin, Odessa, Texas.

Military experience: None

Political experience: NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees member since 2002.

Daniel Shewmaker

Age: 52

Residency: Unincorporated Bentonville, 18 years; Bentonville area since 1989

Family: Wife, Dayle; two children.

Employment: Manager and limited partner in Jac’s Ranch.

Education: Bachelor of Science in business administration from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Military experience: Retired colonel from Arkansas Air National Guard

Political experience: None

David Wilson

Age: 45

Residency: Bentonville, eight years

Family: Wife, Kristen Oliver; two children.

Employment: Adjunct professor at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Education: Doctorate in higher education administration from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.

Military experience: None

Political experience: None

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