2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

Ramsey Ball, Associate Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership

 Ramsey BallRamsay Ball lives in Bentonville and has been a commercial real estate professional since 1983. He is a broker with Colliers International Arkansas, the state's largest commercial real estate company. His areas of expertise include investment services, development services and representation of private and corporate clients. He holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and an M.B.A. in Finance from Louisiana Tech University.


Ball serves on the boards of private companies BlueinGreen, Biologics MD, Sevo Nutraceuticals, I'Mindful Studios, Cardiowise and Virtual Incubation Company. He is also a member of Accelerate Arkansas, a statewide group committed to building a competitive, knowledge-based economy in Arkansas. As active members of the community, Ball and his wife Jaquita support the United Way of Northwest Arkansas, CASA of Northwest Arkansas and the University of Arkansas. Ball is on the boards of the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Bentonville Parks Conservancy.


Ball has been a member of the NWACC Foundation Board since 2010 and currently serves as the chair of the Board's President Circle committee. The President's Circle is a giving society comprised of members who assist NWACC in attaining its highest goals through a designated annual gift of at least $1,000. The President's Circle is dedicated to fostering student success by providing one-time assistance to students facing extenuating hardships, as well as one-time support to recognize outstanding student achievement.

Past Recipients


  • Joan Clifford – Associate Degree in Arts & Letters
  • Dick Trammel – Associate Degree in Servant Leadership


  • Bob H. Crafton – Associate Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Evalena Mayo – Associate Degree in Educational Service


  • Preston Bynum – Associate of Educational Service
  • Melba Shewmaker – Associate of Humanitarian Service


  • Howard Slinkard – Associate of Educational Service


  • David Thrasher – Associate of Servant Leadership


  • The Honorable David Bisbee – Associate of Educational Service


  • Dr. Donald E. White – Associate of Humanitarian Service (posthumous)


  • Steve Galen – Associate of Educational Service


  • Virginia Mocivnik – Associate of Humanitarian Service
  • Etsyl Sparkman – Associate of Educational Service


  • Jack Shewmaker – Associate of Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Pauline Whitaker – Associate of Educational Service
  • Pat & Willard Walker – Associate of Humanitarian Service