“The education and experience of students here at Ouachita is enhanced by faculty and staff who are people of authentic faith with a genuine commitment to the education of our students. This is a beautiful place where we are dedicated to training and sending difference makers all over the world.”
Dr. Rex M. Horne, Jr.
Ouachita Baptist University
“I marvel at times over how we get such quality young men and young women as students,” he reflects. “We have a campus full of current and future difference makers.
“I am committed to being an encourager of our students,” he adds. “Simply being around them inspires me and gives me great peace about the future.”
Serving since June 1, 2006, as Ouachita’s 15th president, Dr. Horne has embraced the opportunity to lead the university with creative leadership and vision. He and his wife, Becky, frequently attend a wide range of campus events, often greeting students by name and offering words of encouragement and support.
Growing up just an hour south of Arkadelphia, Dr. Horne is a former Ouachita student and a former member of the Ouachita Board of Trustees. He holds degrees from Arkansas College (now Lyon College), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to accepting the Ouachita presidency, he served 16 years as senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock as well as serving two terms as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
Under President Horne’s leadership, Ouachita has significantly enhanced and expanded campus facilities, including opening the Student Village, Georgia W. Hickingbotham and Westside residence halls, Ben and Betty Elrod Boulevard and campus entrance and Heflin Plaza. Major remodeling projects that have added life and energy to existing facilities include Evans Student Center, Lile Hall and the Grant Center for International Education.
President Horne facilitated Ouachita’s yearlong 125th anniversary celebration in 2011, including launching the university’s 125th anniversary “Defining the Difference” capital campaign. The university also recently earned reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and continues to gain national recognition for academic excellence among such publications as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.
“When I speak of my privilege of serving as president of Ouachita, I speak of a calling I am following, not a choice I am making,” Dr. Horne explains. “Leading Ouachita into the future is a true blessing.”
October 20, 2013: North Little Rock, Ark. • Levy Baptist Church • 10:15 a.m.
November 10, 2013: Bastrop, La. • Cherry Ridge Baptist Church • 11 a.m.
November 24, 2013: Arkadelphia, Ark. • Fellowship Church • 9 & 10:30 a.m.
December 8, 2013: Little Rock, Ark. • Immanuel Baptist Church • 9 a.m.