Highway Commission Chairman Named Distinguished Alumnus

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Robert Moore Distinguished Alumni Award luncheon at Ouachita University

ARKADELPHIA (9-15) – Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) honored Arkansas Highway Commission Chairman Robert S. Moore Jr. at a luncheon on campus Tuesday, August 31.

University President Dr. Ben Sells welcomed attendees with remarks about Chairman Moore, followed by a presentation of the Ouachita Baptist University Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service to the State of Arkansas.

Chairman Moore graduated from OBU in 1966, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and served as a pilot in Vietnam. He is a former Director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control and former Arkansas Speaker of the House.

“Chairman Moore is a visionary,” ARDOT Director Lorie Tudor said. “He was Speaker of the House in 2012 when voters approved the temporary half-cent sales tax for the Connecting Arkansas Program, and last year, he was Chairman of the Highway Commission when voters removed the word “temporary” and made this source of revenue permanent for state highways, county roads and city streets.”

Moore has worked under six different governors, often crossing party lines for the benefit of Arkansans.

“I look at moving forward,” Moore explained, “and continuing to work on tourism in the Delta, improving the infrastructure for the great people of the state of Arkansas, and bringing opportunities to the people that we love and live with in this state. I want to be a better husband, a better friend, and I want to work harder in the fight against social injustice.”

Chairman Moore will continue to serve on the Highway Commission until January 2023.


Britni Dumas

NR 21-291

September 15, 2021