Arkansas Honors Difference Makers

The University of Arkansas Athletic Department announced the establishment of Honors Plaza to recognize six individuals and three couples that have been difference makers in Razorback athletics including the expansion and renovation of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Honors Plaza, located in front of the Broyles Center, features monuments recognizing each honoree's contribution to the Razorback program. The difference makers were honored in a ceremony on Friday afternoon during Homecoming weekend preceding the Arkansas vs. UCF football game.

Those recognized in the ceremony as difference makers were Donald W. Reynolds, Wilson Matthews, Bob and Marilyn Bogle, Willard and Pat Walker, Frank Oldham, George and Boyce Billingsley, Orville Henry, Jack Stephens and Frank Broyles.

In addition, the UA athletic department announced the official naming of several venues in and around Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium including the Bob and Marilyn Bogle Academic Center, the Wilson Matthews "A" Club, the Willard and Pat Walker Entry, the Orville Henry Press Row and the Jackson T. Stephens Media Center.



Following his successful nineteen year career as football coach of the Razorbacks, as Athletic Director Frank Broyles engineered the incredible renovation of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium as well as the construction of Bud Walton Arena, Baum Stadium, Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center, and the John McDonnell outdoor track. Broyles gives Razorback fan support the credit for building facilities and athletic programs that are nationally competitive in all sports.


Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, the purchase of a Fort Smith newspaper brought Donald W. Reynolds to Arkansas. From here he built one of the most successful, independently owned media companies in America, the Donrey Media Group.


Legendary high school football coach, Wilson Matthews was indispensable to the Razorbacks as an assistant coach in building a highly successful football program. Later, as an administrator, he was instrumental in establishing and developing the support program for all Razorback sports.


Longtime generous benefactors of the University of Arkansas and Razorback athletics, Bob and Marilyn Bogle of Bentonville have been committed to the support of excellence in academics and athletics on the UA campus. The Bob and Marilyn Bogle Academic Center for student-athletes that is housed in the new Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium honors their loyalty and commitment to the Razorback athletic program.


Known for their generosity at every educational level, Willard and Pat Walker of Springdale were responsible for the stunning façade that surrounds Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Gifts from the Walkers led to the construction of Baum Stadium named for their dear friend Charlie Baum, home of the baseball Razorbacks. The indoor practice facility was named the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion in honor of their loyalty to the Razorbacks.


During Frank Oldham's tenure as Chairman of the UA Board of Trustees, his leadership and vision for the University made possible the renovation of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium before the 2001 football season.


Committed to the support of excellence in education at Arkansas and in their community of Bella Vista/Bentonville, George and Boyce Billingsley have supported the Razorback athletic program for decades. Their generosity helped Arkansas build one of the finest collegiate football stadiums in the nation.


For nearly 60 years, Orville Henry chronicled the accomplishments of the Razorbacks, writing with a style unmatched in the history of journalism in Arkansas. From John Barnhill to Frank Broyles to Houston Nutt, Henry has been THE authority on Razorback athletics.


As a native Arkansan, Jack Stephens has worked his entire life toward improving economic development and education in his state. His service to the University of Arkansas as a member of the Board of Trustees (1948-1958) helped move the University to higher prominence and excel at the national level. Mr. Stephens originated the coach's show concept, as it is known today in Arkansas and across the nation, to benefit the U of A athletic program. His management of the shows and fund raising skills enabled Arkansas to hire nationally competitive coaches. Jack Stephens' contributions, primarily unseen by the general public, have been instrumental to the Razorbacks' enormous growth and success.

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