BETH ANNE RANKIN
A native of Magnolia, Arkansas, Beth Anne graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1994 from Ouachita Baptist University with a double major in music and history and was selected as OBU’s Outstanding Senior Woman. She went on to obtain a Master of Public Administration degree from Southern Arkansas University in 2013.
Following her year of service as Miss Arkansas 1994, Beth Anne served as Governor Mike Huckabee’s policy advisor for the National Governors Association, Southern Governors Association, Council of State Governments, Capitol Hill and the White House. She coordinated the Governor’s Summit on Economic Development and chaired the statewide initiative for the historical design of the Arkansas State Quarter, which led the nation in citizen participation.
As a former entrepreneur and small business owner of Beth Anne Productions’ Classical Performing Arts Studio, Beth Anne was a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and taught for ten years. A composer and speaker, she co-hosted a radio talk show and spoke at leadership and women’s conferences for over a decade. She has been a featured guest on Fox Business Channel’s “Dave Asman Show” as well as “Huckabee.” In 2015, she became the Executive Director of the Arkansas 529 and launched a 75-county tour as well as a statewide kindergarten initiative “Coloring for College” to heighten public awareness about the state’s college-savings program.
She currently serves as the Associate Director of Development and Major Gifts at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, where she continues to combine her love of education and love for the state of Arkansas. Beth Anne enjoys volunteering her time as a board member at the Magnolia Arts Council and is a 5-time donor for Locks of Love.