- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The president of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia has been named the new president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities.

Rex Horne was named the organization’s leader on Tuesday by AICU executive committee chairman Don Weatherman. Horne will replace Rex Nelson, who has accepted a position as director of corporate communications for Simmons First National Corp.

AICU represents the state’s 11 accredited private institutions of higher education. The organization specializes in governmental affairs and public affairs for private higher education.

Horne has been president at OBU since 2006. Previously, Horne was senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church at Little Rock and also pastored churches in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma and was president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention from 1995-97.

Horne will take over at AICU during the summer.

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