Terry Tucker Rothwell and Ben Rothwell of Heber Springs and Jim Murphy of Russellville were chosen for induction into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday.
The Rothwells will both be inducted under the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna category, while Murphy will be inducted under the Distinguished Alumni Service category.
The induction ceremony will take place during Arkansas Tech spring commencement at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday, May 11.
Terry Rothwell graduated from Arkansas Tech in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business education. After a career in education, she founded Technetics Corporation in 1985 and rebranded the company as Celerit in 2002.
Mrs. Rothwell is a past chairman of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the Arkansas Tech University Facilities Foundation Board and on the Arkansas Tech College of Business Advisory Council.
Ben Rothwell earned Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biology from Arkansas Tech in 1975. His career in financial services and corporate management has included work with Merrill Lynch, A.G. Edwards and Ciba Vision. He aided in the creation and management of Celerit, a company that specializes in bank data services.
Mr. Rothwell serves on the Arkansas Tech University Foundation Board of Directors and on the Arkansas Tech College of Business Advisory Council.
The Rothwells' support of Arkansas Tech was recognized at Homecoming 2010 when Rothwell Hall, home of the Arkansas Tech College of Business and the Roy and Christine Sturgis Academic Advising Center, was named in their honor.
A 1971 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and finance, Murphy is employed by Brown and Brown Insurance.
As an advocate for his alma mater, Murphy has served as president of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a member of the Hindsman Tower fundraising committee and the Council of Professionals. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Arkansas Tech Alumni T-Club in 2010 and a member of the executive committee during the organization's first year.
Established in 1964, the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction recognizes the accomplishments of Arkansas Tech alumni and friends in five categories: Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna, Distinguished Alumni Service, Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna, Distinction in Intercollegiate Athletics and Distinguished Service (non-alumnus).
With the addition of Murphy and the Rothwells, there will be 175 members of the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction.
Nominations for the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction may be made by any graduate of Arkansas Tech, any current or former member of the faculty or administration of Tech, any currently enrolled full time student at Tech or any member of the Hall of Distinction. Nominations may not be made by a family member of the nominee.