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From left, alumni Erica Boughfman, Jim Rollins and Andrew Young.

The College of Education and Health Professions not too long ago named three University of Arkansas alumni — Erica Boughfman, Jim Rollins and Andrew Young — 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award winners.

“We are grateful to these awardees for all their contributions to our College and the University as a whole,” stated Dean Brian Primack. “They are making a difference in the community, and they embody our College of Education and Health Professions values.”


Erica Boughfman, vp of scientific companies at Ozark Guidance in Northwest Arkansas, has made a big affect within the psychological well being subject.

Boughfman earned an undergraduate diploma in elementary training from the U of A, then went on to earn her grasp’s diploma in scientific psychological well being counseling in 2003 and a doctoral diploma in counselor training and supervision in 2010.

After finishing her doctoral diploma, Boughfman rapidly superior at Ozark Guidance. She was promoted to scientific facilitator, then scientific supervisor, finally turning into program coordinator of the school-based counseling program for Washington County. Boughfman was named vp of all kids’s companies at Ozark Guidance in 2017 and this 12 months was promoted to vp of scientific companies.

She was additionally instrumental in serving to Ozark Guidance transition to Arisa Health. Ozark Guidance, together with three different behavioral well being care suppliers in Arkansas, joined collectively to kind Arisa Health in March. Arisa gives companies to 41 counties in Arkansas and Boughfman oversees the scientific companies within the Northwest area.

Among her achievements during the last decade, Boughfman developed expanded alternatives for master- and bachelor-level internships at Ozark Guidance, as nicely as enhancing the standard of these experiences.

She has additionally grown Ozark Guidance’s applications to make sure that every faculty in Northwest Arkansas has entry to a psychological well being supplier. Currently, the group has over 100 licensed counselors and social employees in over 150 faculties throughout NWA. These applications serve over 5,000 college students yearly by means of direct care companies along with the quite a few different college students impacted by outreach companies.

Boughfman additionally helped implement the Ozark Guidance peer management program, Kids Helping Kids. This is an elementary and center faculty peer management program created with the assistance of native college students to lower bullying and advocate for peer-to-peer respect, cooperation, and battle decision.

In 2016, Boughfman developed a college outreach crew that focuses on offering coaching for academics and different faculty personnel, college students and dad and mom. The crew consists of Latinx and Marshallese outreach positions.

In addition to her service to the psychological well being subject, Boughfman was an adjunct school member within the U of A counseling program till not too long ago. She additionally collaborated with school to conduct analysis on finest practices for working with troubled youth and rising social emotional studying.

Boughfman is a daily presenter on the nationwide, state, and native ranges.


Jim Rollins served as the Springdale School District’s superintendent for 38 years earlier than resigning from the publish over the summer time to develop into president of Northwest Technical Institute.

During his tenure as superintendent, Rollins labored intently with legislators, state and native officers, and neighborhood members to create initiatives and applications guaranteeing each youngster within the district obtained equal entry to training.

Rollins earned a grasp of training diploma, a specialist diploma in secondary administration and a doctorate in instructional administration, all from the U of A College of Education and Health Professions.

When Rollins started with Springdale School District in 1980, the scholar inhabitants was roughly 5,000 college students. It has grown to roughly 23,000 college students in pre-kindergarten by means of Twelfth grade, educating hundreds of college students who’re latest arrivals to the United States.

Rollins celebrated the expansion of new customs and traditions that remodeled the panorama of Springdale faculties. He created instructing academies to develop educators who may mirror the variety of the neighborhood. The district works with a number of native faculties providing concurrent credit so college students can go away highschool with faculty credit score. Rollins helped pave the way in which for 21 profession and technical pathways for college students to obtain programs, certifications, and licensures in particular profession fields.

Equity and entry for girls can also be a precedence for Rollins. While superintendent, he initiated the Hispanic Women’s Organization program, which includes college students and academics as session leaders, audio system and facilitators. 

The Springdale Family Literacy Program started with Rollins’ imaginative and prescient and has expanded to 19 applications all through the district.

In 2014, the Don Tyson School of Innovation (DTSOI) opened with its top notch of eighth-graders within the again of a neighborhood middle. It’s now a public faculty obtainable to sixth by means of Twelfth-grade college students in Arkansas. Rollins additionally established many of the primary pre-kindergarten applications in Arkansas.

The College of Education and Health Professions has partnered with Rollins and the Springdale School District for the reason that Master of Arts in Teaching diploma was developed 20 years in the past. Interns in this system proceed to be positioned in Springdale faculties right now the place they be taught Rollins’ motto: “Teach Them All.” The faculty’s Educational Leadership program additionally companions with the district for internship alternatives.

The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program on the U of A has partnered with the district since 2007 to offer coursework funded by the U. S. Department of Education to in-service academics in Springdale who work with English learners. This coursework, together with passing scores on a state-required TESOL proficiency check, has allowed them to earn their English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement on their instructing license. 


Andrew Young is a nationwide chief in scholastic journalism and a multifaceted training skilled with a singular mixture of management, instructing, know-how, curriculum improvement and innovation expertise.

Young earned a bachelor’s diploma in English and political science from the U of A in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Teaching diploma in 2013. He teaches eighth-grade English Language Arts and Pre-AP at Woodland Junior High School. He’s additionally the college’s celebrated yearbook adviser. Young teaches digital pictures for Fayetteville Virtual Academy. Young promotes a college-bound ambiance all through the college and is working to assist the junior excessive develop into a nationwide Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Demonstration School. He has taught AVID expertise to fellow academics and helped determine college students for this system.

Young has obtained nationwide, state and native recognition for his excellence as an educator, particularly for his journalism instructing. In 2018, Young was named Teacher of the Year for Fayetteville Public Schools as nicely as Woodland Junior High. He was additionally the 2018 Arkansas Adviser of the Year and 2017 Rising Star, an award given by the Journalism Education Association. Young has additionally been a University of Arkansas Men’s Basketball Game Hometown Hero.

Young, a National Board Certified Teacher and a Certified Journalism Educator, is a member of a number of skilled organizations. He at the moment serves as the President-Elect of the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) which has the aim of selling scholastic journalism in our state. Last 12 months he labored with Rep. Julie Mayberry and different members of the ASPA Board to go amendments to the Arkansas Student Publications Act. The invoice linked pupil journalists’ freedom of expression to the First Amendment, which elevated protections.

Young spends many hours exterior the college day at Woodland video games, live shows, and different occasions along with his pupil workers in an effort to publish the college’s award-winning yearbook, The Round-Up.

About the College of Education and Health Professions: The College of Education and Health Professions presents superior educational levels as nicely as skilled improvement alternatives and studying communities in service to the training and well being techniques of Arkansas and past. The faculty gives the training and experiences for a spread of skilled roles, starting from neighborhood psychological well being counselors to high school academics and leaders. Programs in grownup and greater training, together with instructional know-how and sport administration, supply a broad vary of choices. In addition to education-related alternatives, the faculty prepares nurses, speech-language pathologists, well being educators and directors, recreation professionals, rehabilitation counselors and human efficiency researchers.