by Max Brantley
Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed John Goodson, a Texarkana lawyer, to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. He succeeds John Ed Anthony, the timberman, whose term had expired but who had stayed on to interview potential candidates for UA System president. Dr. Carl Johnson of Little Rock, presiding as Board chairman at his first meeting last week, took control of the president search process and that cleared the way for Anthony's departure. A Board member serves 10 years.
"John has made his desire clear to be a champion for academic excellence throughout the University of Arkansas system," Beebe said. "His time in Fayetteville helped him achieve his success, and he shares the vision of improving our state's standing through increasing the number of our citizens who obtain bachelor's degrees."
Goodson, 52, attended the U of A as both an undergraduate and as a law student. He returned home to Texarkana and started his own law firm, which has remained there for the past 21 years.
Goodson's father and two sisters are also U of A graduates, and his daughter is now a freshman in Fayetteville, as well.
Goodson is a frequent contributor to Democratic political causes. He's also been in the news recently because of his relationship with Supreme Court Justice Courtney Henry, who reported a number of gifts from Goodson on her statement of financial interest this year. She has said she would not hear cases involving Goodson and his firm.