Williams Baptist University’s latest Vaughn Lectureship, featuring Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will be tonight, March 27, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be in the Mabee Student Center on the Williams campus.
The lecture was originally postponed due to wintry weather around the state in February.
Nelson is one Arkansas’s premiere writers and speakers. As senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he writes three columns a week, as well as essays for the cover of the newspaper’s Sunday Perspective section. He’s the author of three books: the first full-length biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a biography of Arkansas educator Ben Elrod and a collection of his essays on Arkansas. He’s also the author of a popular blog known as Rex Nelson’s Southern Fried and makes regular television and radio appearances.
Nelson served for almost a decade as the policy and communications director for Gov. Mike Huckabee and served four years in the administration of President George W. Bush as one of the president’s two appointees to the Delta Regional Authority. He has been inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission named Nelson as its Rural Advocate of the Year for the state of Arkansas.
The Vaughn Lectureship is presented at Williams through an endowment by the late Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn of Delaplaine. Both believed lecture series to be important in the education of students, especially in the areas of humanities.
The public is invited and there is no cost to attend.
Williams is a Christian, liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge. It will formally become Williams Baptist University in July.