An Evening with Skip Rutherford

August 22, 2024Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar. Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Skip Rutherford is Dean Emeritus of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service In Little Rock, the nation’s first to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree. Rutherford served as Dean from 2006-2021.

With musical guest The Salty Dogs

Started as a lark retro-country act, the quartet immediately found chemistry, along with a lot of joy, as they dug into their craft. Their sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield, and 1972 Everywhere.


Prior to becoming Dean, he coordinated the planning, construction and opening of the Clinton Presidential Library and Park in Little Rock.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he received the Journalism Department’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has an extensive private sector background in communications and public relations. He has served as a visiting professor at Lyon College, the University of Arkansas, the University of the Ozarks, and the University of Central Arkansas and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Hendrix College.

He serves on the Board of Trustees at Lyon College, the Advisory Board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) and the board of directors of the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital System.

He has been named Headliner of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association; Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association; Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Times; and was recognized as Tourism Person of the Year at the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism.