Small Black College Gets Record Gift

Outgoing Alltel Corporation CEO Scott Ford, who is white, made a $2.5 million contribution to Arkansas Baptist College, the historically black educational institution in Little Rock. The money will be used to construct a residence hall which will be named after the college’s basketball coach and athletic director, Charles Ripley.

Ford stated that he was impressed by the efforts of Arkansas Baptist’s president Fitz Hill in revitalizing the black college.