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Luke Gordy

Department: Arkansans for Education Reform Foundation (AERF)
Title: Founding Executive Director (Retired)

Luke Gordy was the first executive director of the Arkansans for Education Reform Foundation (AERF), a 501(c)3 organization established to advance and support meaningful education reform. He retired in 2013 and remains a member of the Board of Directors.

A nine-year member and two-term chairman of the Arkansas State Board of Education, Gordy joined the AERF in 2005 after a 22-year career in banking and retired as its first executive director in 2013. His passion in supporting and improving public education continues as a board member of AERF.

He is also the former chairman and current member of the Board of Governors of REL-Southwest, one of the nation's ten regional education research laboratories. He also serves on the boards of Arkansas Business and Education Alliance, Accelerate Arkansas, and Economic Arkansas, which he also serves as a member of the executive committee.

In 2004, Gordy was named as the inaugural recipient of the Advocate of Education Award from the Arkansas Association of Professional Teachers. He and his wife, Dr. Donna Gordy, founder and President of E2E Educational Consulting, reside in Hot Springs.
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