Sprott receives Northark Presidential Citation

Fri Apr 21, 2017 at 04:19 PM

Jim Sprott

During the April Board meeting, North Arkansas College Trustees unanimously voted to award local attorney, Jim Sprott with the 2017 Presidential Citation. The Presidential Citation is presented to individuals who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to education and the College.

Board Chair, Jane Adair will present the Citation during Northark’s 2017 Commencement exercises on May 6, at 10 AM in Pioneer Pavilion on the South campus.

Jim Sprott’s record demonstrates a commitment to service and involvement. He is a former chair of the Northark board of trustees and was chair of the search committee that hired Dr. Jeff Olson, Northark’s second President. Jim currently serves as a member of the Northark Foundation Board of Directors and has been instrumental in helping to secure several major gifts, including funding for the Donna S. Barber Room in the Durand Center, Clara Benson Memorial Nursing Scholarships, and a $2 million planned gift to the North Arkansas College Foundation, representing the largest gift in Northark’s history.

The Daniel Sprott Room in the L.E. “Gene” Durand Center is named in honor of Jim’s son Daniel who passed away in 2006.  A host of people, dubbed “Daniel’s Air Force” donated funds to name the breakout room in Daniel’s honor.  Jim and his wife, Jan have two daughters, Sarah Heringer (38) who lives in Jonesboro and Emily McIllwain (34) who resides in Russellville, AR.

A native of Auburn, Indiana, Jim graduated from Fayetteville High School and earned a BA from Hendrix College.  He received his Juris Doctor in 1973 from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Public service positions include Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Monroe County, followed by Municipal Judge in Brinkley, AR for 11 years (1975-86).  In 1990 Mr. Sprott was the Special Chief Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Jim has been actively involved in both the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Foundation for many years.  He served as Bar Association President (2006-2007).  Jim’s other impressive credentials are his membership in the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Boone/Newton County Bar Association where he served as secretary-treasurer.   He is a member of Harrison Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Jim is a currently a partner at the law firm of Sprott, Golden & Bardwell in Harrison and attends First Baptist Church in Harrison. Jim and Jan enjoy five grandchildren.                        

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