Release Date: 4/4/2013
Arkansas Rep. Betty Overbey presented a resolution on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 2, recognizing the service and achievements of retiring University of the Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece and First Lady Sherée.
Overbey, whose State House District 69 includes Clarksville, read the resolution before the 89th General Assembly at the state capitol with the Nieces in attendance.
House Resolution 1029 lauded the work of the Nieces "for their accomplishments while serving as president and first lady of University of the Ozarks." The resolution recognized numerous accomplishments in the Nieces 16 years at Ozarks, including the addition of new facilities, the increase in the number of faculty, and the university's success in fund-raising.
The resolution went on the say that the House of Representatives "commends Dr. Rick and Sherée Niece for their unselfish and exemplary service to University of the Ozarks and congratulates them on their many accomplishments."
Among those trustees, friends and alumni of the university who attended the ceremony at the state capitol with Rep. Betty Overbey (seated) were, (standing, from left) Jessica Ray, David Ray, Sue Frueauff, Rev. Dr. Bill Galbraith, U of O First Lady Sherée Niece, Johnson County Judge Mike Jacobs, U of O Director of University and Public Relations Larry Isch, U of O President Rick Niece, U of O Director of Development Lori McBee, Floy Jean Dietz, and Kearney Dietz.