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ASU to honor Distinguished
Alumni for 2007
Sept. 28, 2007 -The Arkansas State University Alumni
Association will honor four outstanding individuals in its 24th year of
recognizing distinguished alumni. The Distinguished Alumni presentation
ceremony will be held during halftime of the Homecoming football game on
Saturday, Oct. 13, when Arkansas State hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in
Indian Stadium at 6 p.m.
Since 1984, the Alumni Association's board of directors annually selects
award recipients from nominations submitted by the public. Selection of
nominees is based on community service, professional achievement and
service to ASU. This year's honorees are:
James W. Callaway of San Antonio, Texas, who has had an outstanding
career in the communications industry after graduating with a degree in
business administration in 1968. He began with Southwestern Bell that
same year, and has held numerous positions in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma,
Kansas, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, and California. These positions
include president of Southwestern Bell's Kansas Division, founding
president and CEO of Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, SBC senior vice
president-Strategic Planning, President-External Affairs, and group
overseeing Yellow Pages, international operations, procurement and
wholesale operations. In 2005, he led the planning and integration
efforts for SBC's acquisition of
AT&T, and held the same position in 2006forAT&T's BellSouth acquisition.
He is presently senior executive vice president-Executive Operations,
responsible for executive support, merger integration, AT&T Alascom and
Mr. Callaway currently serves on the ASU Foundation Board of Directors
and is a 1924 Sustaining Life Member of the Arkansas State University
Alumni Association as well as being a member of ASU's President's
Partners, Business Inner Circle, Indian Club and Homerun Club. He has
contributed to academic and athletic scholarships, ASU baseball, the
College of Business and the Cooper Alumni Center. He has been honored by
campus groups including the Lettermen's Club, Athletic Hall of Honor,
and as an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Business.
In San Antonio, he serves on the boards of the Cancer Therapy and
Research Center, St. Mary's University, San Antonio Sports Foundation,
Free Trade Alliance, and the Alamo Bowl. He and his wife Paula have
three children, Colby, Carter and Casey.
William H. Keedy, Jr. of Newport received a BSE degree in 1969 and a
masters of science in education in 1990. After teaching and coaching for
38 years, he announced his retirement in 2007, but will not be idle,
currently serving as a fundraiser for A-State's Indian Club and as color
commentator at ASU football games for the eighth consecutive year.
Mr. Keedy was recently inducted into the Lettermen's Club Hall of Honor
as an honorary inductee. He helped spearhead the initial Indian Classic
Golf Tournament in Newport to benefit ASU athletics. A member of the ASU
Indian Club board of directors, he is also a life member of the Arkansas
Activities Association. He was inducted into the Arkansas High School
Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1990, and was the AHSCA Lowell
Manning Award recipient for Outstanding Coach of the Year 1995-96.
During his career as head football coach and athletic director, he was
named Conference Coach of the Year 17 times, was the Newport Daily
Independent Man of the Year 1989 and again in 1991, was the first
recipient of the Newport Kiwanis Club's Distinguished Service Award in
1989 and first recipient of the Jonesboro Sun's 'Best Under the Sun'
Coach of the Year award in 1991. As a lasting tribute, the Newport High
School athletic facility was named the Bill Keedy, Jr. Athletic Training
Facility in 1994. He and his wife Jennifer Ware Keedy, a 1971 ASU
graduate, have two children, Kathryn Keedy, who graduated from ASU in
1996, and Billy Keedy III, a 1999 ASU graduate.
Dr. Anas Al-Rasheed of Kuwait City, Kuwait, is a 1991 ASU College of
Communications graduate who also received an MSMC degree from A-State in
1995. He is currently a professor of journalism and media at Kuwait
University, and is respected worldwide for his leadership as former
Minister of Information for Kuwait and member of the Kuwaiti cabinet.
As an ASU student, he was president of the International Students
Association, and personally contributed books and funding to support the
ASU Library. He helped recruit a number of international students to
attend A-State, including members of the Kuwaiti royal family.
During his junior year, he joined the U. S. Army to help with the
liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. After completing his
degree at ASU, he served on the faculty at Kuwait University, and was
named media advisor to the Kuwait Minister of Education, a post
previously held by individuals twice his age. Dr. Al-Rasheed has chaired
numerous international conferences on media as well as ethics and
women's rights, both in Kuwait and throughout the region.
Under his direction, Kuwait passed a law making it the country with the
greatest freedom of the press in the Middle East, allowing the media to
discuss issues never before possible. Dr. Al-Rasheed was also
instrumental in promoting a gift to the U.S. of over $500 million from
the government of Kuwait to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
He and his wife Munerah, who also attended ASU, have three children,
Fatima, Latifa and Ahmad. He is A-State's first international
Rep. Bobby G. Wood of Jonesboro is a 1953 business administration
graduate. He represented Craighead County in the Arkansas General
Assembly from 1977-96. The funding for many ASU buildings, including the
Library and Convocation Center, was approved with his help.
State Representative, he served as House Chairman of the Legislative
Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs, was
on the Joint Interim Oversight Committee on Higher Education Reform, and
the Federal Budget and Taxation Committee of the National Conference of
In his 33 years of military service, he attained the rank of Brigadier
General, serving during the Korean War, and was the Arkansas National
Guard Commander of the 875th Engineer Battalion, State Inspector
General, and Assistant State Adjutant General. He was a charter member
of the Northeast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of
America, serving as president for two years.
Rep. Wood is a past president of the ASU Alumni Association, was
inducted into the A-State ROTC Hall of Heroes, and was honored as an
outstanding College of Business alumnus. He is past president and board
member of Abilities Unlimited, and a group leader for the United Way of
Jonesboro. He retired as business manager and owner of Delta Gas & Oil
and Delta Farms, Inc. He is married to Mary Lou Cole Wood, a former ASU
College of Business faculty member who received her bachelors degree
from A-State in 1960 and an MSE in 1965. They have three children: Dr.
Bob Wood Jr., who received a bachelors degree from ASU in 1978 and an
MBA in 1990; Rebecca Wood Frederick, who graduated from ASU in 1980, and
Dr. Mark Wood, a 1982 ASU graduate.
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