About Us

Fulbright College is home to 42,246 alumni who live, work, and make a difference around the world. Our graduates are experts in nearly 59 areas of study and each represent a piece of the Fulbright legacy of “Peace Through Education.” The work of our alumni strengthens every aspect of the Fulbright College name, and their philanthropy helps us discover new horizons of excellence.  

We hope you will update us on your life and discover ways you can connect with Fulbright College and our alumni around the world.  

Contact Fulbright Development in the Office of Development and External Relations.
479-575-3712
Fulbright@uark.edu

Blake Rickman

Blake Rickman

Director, Development & External Relations

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: brickman@uark.edu

The Director of Development and External Relations is responsible for the strategic and long-term planning and implementation of the Fulbright College development program. This role also oversees management of college and regional committees, as well as the cultivation of major, planned, corporate and foundation gifts of more than $10,000. The director serves as the lead development liaison to the college’s 19 science, arts and humanities departments, as well as to the 26 research centers, institutes and academic programs in the college.

This role provides strategic support to the Dean of Fulbright College for all fundraising and alumni initiatives, and acts as the primary contact to University Advancement. Additionally, this position provides oversight and supervision for the Office of Development and External Relations, which includes all development, communications, web, design, scholarship administration and employer relations activities in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Melody Mouchehbagh

Melody Kouchehbagh

Associate Director of Development

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: melodyk@uark.edu

The Associate Director of Development manages a portfolio of regional and non-regional high-level fundraising prospects and charitable foundations. This role includes the facilitation of philanthropic efforts, donor relations and prospect research. The associate director also provides support to the director for annual goal-setting, strategic planning and assists in the coordination of internal accountability processes, which include progress and metric reports for the college. This position also assists with the management of the college’s multiple campaign and advisory committees, and works to identify key business leaders, alumni and companies to serve or provide support to the committees.

Alfred Dowe

Alfred Dowe

Assistant Director of Development

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: atdowe@uark.edu

The Assistant Director of Development manages a non-regional portfolio of fundraising prospects and charitable foundations. This role includes the facilitation of philanthropic efforts, donor relations and prospect research. Additionally, this role is responsible for serving as an ambassador of the Fulbright College, and as an advocate of strategic community and corporate partnerships for the college and university. The assistant director is also responsible for being a liaison to Fulbright College alumni across the country, and connects them with fellow alumni and supporters both locally and abroad

Erin Cowger

Erin Cowger

Assistant Director of Development

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: erinc@uark.edu

The Assistant Director of Development manages a regional portfolio of fundraising prospects and charitable foundations. This role includes the facilitation of philanthropic efforts, donor relations and prospect research. This position also serves as the primary liaison for annual fundraising initiatives and college-based research grants. Furthermore, the assistant director oversees regular stewardship processes and provides support for donor-centric departmental and college events.

Betsy Bushmiaer

Betsy Bushmiaer

Development and External Relations Manager

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: betsyb@uark.edu

The Development and External Relations Manager manages a portfolio of stewardship prospects for the Fulbright College. This position serves as the primary contact for prospect research, philanthropic gift reporting and foundation accounting for the Office of Development and External Relations. This role provides guidance for all departmental alumni and fundraising accounts and stewardship activity. Additionally, the manager assists all major gift officers with new prospect identification and cultivation strategies, and manages the reporting for the college’s annual fundraising and goalsetting process.