Gin Brown and Matt Rush join Ozarka College Foundation Board

Published on January 2, 2014

Suellen Davidson, director of advancement at Ozarka College, recently announced that Gin Brown of Mountain View, and Matt Rush of Melbourne have joined the Ozarka College Foundation Board.

"The Foundation Board is so pleased to welcome two new individuals to our board of directors who not only have a love of Ozarka College, but also a love of community," said Davidson.  

Brown recently retired from Ozarka College where she served as director of the Mountain View campus since 2007. She first came to Ozarka College as the academic support services manager in 1997, and also served as a counselor, director of counseling and registrar.

"I am honored to be a part of the Foundation Board and to be able to continue to assist with advancing higher education," said Brown.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in vocational home economics from Ouachita Baptist University, a Master of Science in education in home economics from the University of Central Arkansas and a Graduate Certification in secondary and elementary guidance counseling from UCA. 

Brown is a member of the Arkansas Counseling Association, Arkansas School Counseling Association - Northeast Region, a charter member of the North Arkansas Twin Lakes Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Lyon College chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, and Mountain View Business and Professional Women. She is also active with the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce where she is a past-president.

She is a founding member of the Stone County Youth Leadership Board and serves on the Family and Consumer Science Advisory Committee for the Extension Service, VitalLink's Extension Board and is a past-president of the Arkansas Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers. 

Brown and her husband, Stanley, reside in Mountain View.

Rush, a Melbourne native, is a loan representative at Bancorp South in Melbourne. He received a Bachelor of Science in management from Arkansas State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration.

He is a member of the Melbourne Lions Club and Melbourne Industrial Development Committee. He also serves on the Ozarka College Capital Campaign Steering Committee, which is raising funds to furnish and equip the Student Services Center currently under construction on the Melbourne campus.

"I'm passionate about the College and truly believe it is such an important part of our community," said Rush. "It provides jobs for our economy and an affordable education close to home for so many who live here. Having grown up in Melbourne, I take a lot of pride in both my hometown and my hometown college."


Rush and wife, Amber, have two daughters, Annie and Emma. He is the son of Naomi Roper, and Fred and Karla Rush.