2022 Alumni Awards Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients 

Brown Hardman 

Hardman, a lifelong resident of Clark County, is a graduate of Arkadelphia High School and Henderson State University, graduating with a degree in psychology. He has been a principal broker for 56 years and an appraiser for 57 years. He has also served as a personal financial advisor for IDS Financial Services. He has been married to Carolyn Love for 60 years, who he met during his time at Henderson. They have two children, Brad and Kimberly, and two grandchildren, Trevor Nation and Hayden Love Hardman. 

Hardman is heavily involved in the Arkadelphia and the Henderson community. He has been involved in PeeWee football, Little League, and Babe Ruth baseball, serving as a baseball coach. During his time involved in these activities, Hardman led his team to win the city league championship in football, a state championship in baseball, and state runner-up two years later. He has been a member of the Arkadelphia Planning Commission for five years, a member of the Arkadelphia Tornado Committee, and is a board member for the 2025 Commission. He served as Arkadelphia City Director and Vice Mayor for 12 years, is the co-chair of community unity, and co-chair for the Keep Committee for the city government.

He was a recipient of the President’s Award of the Chamber of Commerce for outstanding service, and the Elrod Center Award for excellent service. Hardman was on the Henderson State University Board of Trustees for seven years, president of the Perky House Hunting Club for five years, president of the Joan Hunting Club for four years, served on the Clark County Quorum Court for 14 years, and was chairman of the Budget Committee for six years. Hardman supports Reddie Athletics as a member of the Reddie Club.

Maurice R. Horton, Sr. 

Maurice R. Horton Sr. was born in 1935 in Curtis, Arkansas. In 1953, Horton, president of his senior class, graduated from Peake High School in Arkadelphia, where he later returned to teach. He entered AM&N College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. During the summer of 1955, his mother and former high school teachers encouraged him to transfer to Henderson State Teachers College. In the fall of 1955 he enrolled at Henderson State Teachers College, now Henderson State University and received his BS (Mathematics) in 1957. In 1963 he received his MS (Mathematics) from HSU. He became the first African American to receive the B.S. degree from Henderson State Teachers College and became the first African American to receive both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from this institution after he received his M.S. in mathematics. 

He later attended Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas. He frequently stated “It’s all about the children,” during his 43 years of service in education including junior and senior high mathematics teacher, assistant high school principal, as the first African American principal of the integrated Dollarway High School, 13 years as an administrator and curriculum coordinator and was the first African American elected superintendent of the Dollarway School District. He was an active member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, serving as a trustee and treasurer, and supported the interests of his children, volunteering for the Pine Bluff Little League, and served several years as commissioner. During retirement, he was active in the Rotary Club and Retired Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP), and he helped establish the Peake High School Foundation, accepting the responsibility of serving as president and seeking funding for the restoration of the Rosenwald Building, a historical structure. In February 2007, Horton was one of four former Dollarway District employees to have a building on the high school campus named and dedicated in their honor, the Horton-Richardson Building.

His family established the Maurice R. Horton Sr. Emerging Leader Scholarship in 2012 through the Henderson Foundation, and the HSU Black Alumni Chapter initiated the Maurice R. Horton Sr. Awards Ceremony in 2018, where African American graduates receive a medallion to wear during commencement. On May 6, 2021, the portrait of Maurice R. Horton Sr., painted by Ed Martin, professor emeritus of the art department at Henderson, was unveiled, and is currently on display in the Garrison Center.

His memory and legacy will be cherished, continued and preserved by his wife, Queen Katryne S. Horton, daughter Kay Marcia Horton, sons, Maurice R. Horton ,Jr. (Genesha), Keith M. Horton, (Stephanie); grandsons Kalan G.C. Horton,twins, Maurice R. Horton III and Jerry Marcellius Horton, King Micah Anthony Horton and granddaughter Queen Kali Marie Horton.

Charles & Anita Cabe 

For the past 50 years, Charles and Anita Cabe have been synonymous with Henderson State University. After meeting at Henderson in the spring of 1964, getting engaged on the site of what is now the Charles and Anita Student-Athlete Success Center, and marrying in 1967, the Cabes have devoted themselves to personifying the Reddie Spirit, and have always been there to lend a hand or offer support to any cause advancing the university. 

Charles, who was from Gurdon, Arkansas, served as president of Cabe Land & Timber Company, president of the C. Louis and Mary Cabe Foundation, and a board member of the Horace C. Cabe Foundation until his death in 2017. Anita, who was raised in Marianna, Arkansas, has worked as the secretary and treasurer for the C. Louis and Mary Cabe Foundation for 23 years, served on the Henderson State Board of Trustees for 15 years, served on the Henderson State University Foundation Board, the Board of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation and the Board of the Muses.

Anita is a recipient of the H Award award and is a member of the Reddie Club, and the couple was inducted into the Reddie Athletics Hall of Honor in 2018 with the Distinguished Service Award. 

H Award Recipients

Dr. Lloyd Jackson 

Lloyd Jackson serves as the assistant superintendent for School Leadership with Kansas City Public Schools. Jackson is married to Veronica Jackson. In his role within the Kansas City Public Schools he gets the opportunity to do what he loves: making an impact on the lives of young people. He received his doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Jackson spent 14 years within the Hot Springs School District.  

Jackson carries his passion for service into the community by serving as the Founding President of the HSU Black Alumni Chapter, board member of the Coterie Children’s Theatre and Lead to Read in Kansas City. Jackson also serves as the director of the American Legion Arkansas Boys State program. Jackson has held numerous leadership roles, but the one role he is most concerned with is the one which offers help and support to the community. The question to be answered in all he does is “What have we done to help those around us?”

His major while at Henderson was mathematics and his minor was communication. He also received his master’s degree in educational leadership. He was very involved at HSU; he served two years as the football manager, was in Heart and Key, Student Foundation, Residence Hall Association, a resident assistant, Student Activities Board, president of Black Student Association, and served two terms as president of the Student Government Association. He served as a residence hall director at HSU (Newberry Hall), admissions counselor, and Director of Alumni Services as a graduate.

Chris and Debra Wewers

Chris and Debra Wewers have consistently supported their alma mater since their time on campus as students. They are members of the Reddie Club, and both have endowed scholarships with the Debra L. Nutt Wewers Scholarship Endowment that supports a Teachers College student, and the Christopher M. Wewers Scholarship Endowment that supports a School of Business student. 

Chris is also a member of the School of Business Advisory Board and is chairman of the HSU Foundation Board. Debra is a Zumba instructor and has had the most rewarding and most challenging job of all in raising their two children. 

Chris serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Southern Bancorp Inc. and Southern Bancorp Bank. Debra received a bachelor’s degree in education with an early childhood emphasis in May 1993, graduating Cum Laude, and a master’s degree in education in May 1995, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude in Fall ‘92. While at Henderson, he played on the HSU golf team for two years, served as a residence hall assistant for two years and was a member of Alpha Chi.

Young Alumni Award Winner

Beau Baker 

Beau Baker has been an Edward Jones financial advisor since July 2016 and has grown his business exponentially since graduating from Henderson. He has his own office in Texarkana and is well known across east Texas and southwest Arkansas when it comes to wealth management. 

Baker was a very successful high school football player in Texas before becoming a football player at Henderson State in 2012 and being part of two conference championship teams at HSU. Baker graduated with a finance degree through the HSU School of Business and currently plays an active role on the HSU Business Advisory Council. Baker also mentors HSU business school students every year.

The biggest personal accomplishment for Baker happened right after college and has molded him into the man he is today. In August 2017, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's Burkitt-like lymphoma.  Over the next four months, he received aggressive, inpatient chemotherapy treatments. Fortunately, he has now been in remission since December 2017. In 2019, he raised $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was crowned Man of the Year in the State of Arkansas. He was featured in Four State Living Magazine for his unique appreciation for life and how he carries out his life with purpose after his cancer journey. 

He is also an Edwad Jones Financial Advisor Coach and has also won multiple awards from Edward Jones, including the Ted Jones Prospecting Award, Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, Edward Jones Sr. Founders Achievement Award, Eagle Award, TNT Client Development Award, Client Service Excellence Award, and Level Coach for Financial Advisors 

He and his wife, who is a fellow alumna, established the Beau and Haylee Baker Financial Planning Scholarship through the Henderson Foundation. The couple welcomed a baby boy, Brooks Allen, in January.