Students at Arkansas Tech University College of Business will benefit from a new freshman engagement program beginning in the fall 2022 semester.
The Loyd Foundation has committed $50,000 over five years to fund the initiative, which will provide guest speakers in the areas of team building, mentoring and leadership while facilitating opportunities for ATU seniors and juniors College of Business to provide guidance to incoming freshmen.
Dr. Kathy White Loyd of Mountain Home visited the ATU campus in Russellville on Monday, March 7 to sign the agreement and meet with ATU business students who will serve as mentors for the seminar on Loyd Foundation first-year student engagement.
“For every step we take, I truly believe we’re meant to give back,” Loyd said, speaking to students at the ATU College of Business. “We get so much knowing that we are valued. It changes us. You are all leaders. I encourage you to broaden your horizons. Build your network. Do it because it’s a good and smart thing to do.
Loyd holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Arkansas State University. She earned her doctorate in education from the University of Memphis.
A native of Izard County, Loyd was executive vice president of e-commerce and chief information officer for Fortune 500 company Cardinal Health at the time of her retirement.
Loyd also has experience as an educator. She was a member of the Information Technology faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently holds a faculty position at the Neil Griffin College of Business at Arkansas State. She is the founding director of ASU’s Women’s Leadership Center and served as acting dean of Griffin College.
In February, Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Loyd to the Arkansas Commission on the Status of Women.
“We are grateful to Dr. Loyd and the Loyd Foundation for their support of the ATU College of Business and this important program,” said Dr. Russ Jones, Dean of the ATU College of Business. “Our goal is to create an increased sense of belonging that will lead to greater academic and personal success for our students. This donation will allow us to pursue and achieve these goals in a way that will change lives for the better.