The University of Arkansas Cossatot announced that two new board members have been selected to serve on the college’s Board of Visitors. The new members are Barbara Dixon of Lockesburg and Brenda Tate of Ashdown. The decision to appoint these new members was finalized in November.

Dixon was born and raised in Texarkana and graduated from Liberty-Eylau High School in 1979. After high school, she attended Texarkana Community College. She has lived in Lockesburg since 1984 and currently serves as branch president of Bank of Lockesburg, having worked in the banking field for 35 years. She has also attended a three-year banking school program held at the Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., known as the Paul W. Barret, Jr. Graduate School of Banking, where she graduated cum laude in 2012.

Dixon says that she is proud to be a part of the Lockesburg community and appreciates the value of having the former Lockesburg school campus again being used for educational purposes. She has also served as secretary/treasurer for the Lockesburg Lions Club since 2016. Her hobbies include reading, quilting, being outdoors and being with family. She is married to Kenny Dixon and has two sons and three granddaughters.

Tate is from Ashdown and graduated from Ashdown High School in 1975. In 1978, she graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. After teaching for 41 years, Tate retired on May 21, 2020, from Ashdown Elementary School.  

Tate says, “During my 41 years of teaching, I learned to be patient, teach, and love the children!” Tate enjoys walking, riding her bike, working on word find puzzles, and keeping in touch with family and friends. She has one son and three grandchildren.

UA Cossatot’s Board of Visitors includes Angie Walker, Barbara Horn, Dr. Glen Lance, Jay Dooley, Jimmy Tumey, Kathy Beavert, Robert Martinez, Tim Pinkerton, Tyler Davis, and now Barbara Dixon and Brenda Tate.

For more information about UA Cossatot’s Board of Visitors, contact UA Cossatot’s Assistant to the Chancellor, Wendy Garcia, at

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