UA Cossatot CAO Honored
June 27, 2016
Little Rock- Arkansas Business recently released their Top 40 Under 40 and named to the honor was Dr. Maria Markham from UA Cossatot.
An internal selection team reviewed the nominees and named the 2016 Class of young leaders in business, government and nonprofits in Arkansas. Since 1994, Arkansas Business has been acknowledging people across the state but few have been from Southwest Arkansas. Bentley Blackmon, a graduate of De Queen High School was honored in 2003 and Missy McJunkins Duke, from Mineral Springs was named to the Class of 2011.
Aside from a year spent as marketing director for a small newspaper chain in southwest Arkansas, Dr. Maria Markham has worked all her adult life in higher education. She currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
“Higher education was just where my heart was,” said Markham, who reached personal goals of earning a doctorate and being named Chief Academic Officer by the age of 30.
She credits the late Charles Dunn, president at Henderson State University while she was an undergraduate studying marketing, with introducing her to higher education as a career when he hired her to work in his office.
“He really inspired me to stay in this industry,” she said. After earning an MBA at Henderson, she taught business classes at Henderson for a few years before leaving for Graves Publishing.
“I really missed college and school so I applied for a teaching position at UA Cossatot … and I’ve been here for about 10 years,” she said. Markham was named Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in 2010.
Markham graduated from Dierks High School and is the daughter of Rickey Markham, Daisy, and Anita Manasco-Honnoll, Texarkana. She is passionate about raising autism awareness and advocating for her son, Charlie. She is also a mom to Charlie’s sister, Kate and his brother, Benji.
The 2016 Class of Arkansas’ Top 40 Under 40 were honored at a reception and luncheon last Wednesday at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. For more information or to see past nominations, please visit http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/people/lists/profile/1119/maria-markham