Release Date: 1/11/1999
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. --- Chris Allen of Clarksville has been elected to serve on the University of the Ozarks' Board of Trustees. Allen's three-year term began Jan. 1 and will run through the year 2001. Allen has worked for Sara Lee Hosiery for more than 28 years and has been the plant manager at the Clarksville facility since 1987.
"It's quite an honor to be a part of the university's board of trustees, and I look forward to helping the institution grow and improve in its efforts to provide a quality liberal arts education in a Christian environment," said Allen. "The university has recently begun a $55 million campaign to strengthen academic programs, student services and facilities, so it is an exciting and vibrant time for the school. I'm excited about being a part of it."
Allen said he would also like to see the strong relationship between U of O and the Clarksville community continue.
"The university has been a part of Clarksville for more than 100 years and it's been a great partnership," he said. "I would like to see it continue and become even stronger than ever as we head into the next century."
A native of Columbus, Ga., Allen earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1970 before beginning his career with Sara Lee Hosiery. He worked at plants in South Carolina and New Mexico before moving to Clarksville in 1987.
Allen is the 1999 president of the Clarksville Rotary Club and has also been active in Johnson County Development Corp., the Concerned Citizens for Youth of Johnson County, the Chamber of Commerce, 4H, School-to-Work Program and Johnson County Quail Unlimited. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Outreach Sunday School. Allen and his wife, Martha, have twin daughters, Becky and Jenny, both seniors at University of Arkansas.