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2019 Legends Dinner Honoring John Brown III
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 6 pm
Fayetteville Town Center

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John E. Brown, III, served as the Executive Director of the Windgate Charitable Foundation from its opening in July of 1993 in Northwest Arkansas until June of 2018. He continues to work as a “Senior Advisor” with the Board and the new Windgate office and staff in Little Rock, AR. The Foundation’s grants are primarily directed to arts education projects, K-12 school improvement programs, higher education initiatives, and some human service programs. The annual grant program reaches out to many non-profit organizations spread throughout the United States.John E. Brown, III, served as the Executive Director of the Windgate Charitable Foundation from its opening in July of 1993 in Northwest Arkansas until June of 2018. He continues to work as a “Senior Advisor” with the Board and the new Windgate office and staff in Little Rock, AR. The Foundation’s grants are primarily directed to arts education projects, K-12 school improvement programs, higher education initiatives, and some human service programs. The annual grant program reaches out to many non-profit organizations spread throughout the United States.

Brown is a former president of John Brown University, the Christian college founded by his late grandfather in 1919.  He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from JBU in 1971 and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, School of Law in 1974.  Brown also joined the JBU staff in 1974 and served as its third president from 1979-1993.   

From 1995-2002, Brown served two-terms as a Senator in the Arkansas Legislature.  He sat on various committees, including the Senate Education Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, and the Legislative Council.  For one term he served as co-chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Children and Youth.  While a State Senator, he authored and passed major legislation in juvenile justice, nursing home care, and education. 

Brown served twice as Chairman of the Board of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), a national coalition of (then) over 1200 Christian ministries which subscribe to fund-raising and financial disclosure standards for membership.  He was a trustee of John Brown University from 2004 to 2017, and is a past Board President of Philanthropy Southwest, a professional association of some 240 grantmakers from seven states. He currently serves as a Commissioner for AETN in Arkansas, and is a Board member with the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith.

Brown and his wife, Stephania, live in Siloam Springs, AR, and are now blessed to have five married children and twelve grandchildren.

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