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Nelson to give Vaughn Lecture Jan. 16 at Williams Baptist College
Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. WBC photo

Nelson to give Vaughn Lecture Jan. 16 at Williams Baptist College

Jan 10, 2018

Editor's Note: Due to weather conditions, the Vaughn Lectureship featuring Rex Nelson has been postponed. Williams Baptist will announce a new date for the lecture soon.

WALNUT RIDGE – Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will give Williams Baptist College’s Vaughn Lecture at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the school's Mabee Student Center.

As senior editor of the Democrat-Gazette, Nelson produces three columns a week, as well as essays for the cover of the newspaper's Sunday Perspective section. He has authored three books: the first full-length biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a biography of Arkansas educator Ben Elrod and a collection of his essays on Arkansas. Nelson is also the author of a popular blog known as Rex Nelson's Southern Fried and makes regular television and radio appearances.

Nelson served for nearly a decade as the policy and communications director for Gov. Mike Huckabee and served four years in the administration of President George W. Bush as one of the president's two appointees to the Delta Regional Authority and is a member of the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission named Nelson as its Rural Advocate of the Year for the state of Arkansas.

The Vaughn Lectureship is presented at Williams through an endowment by the late Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn of Delaplaine. The couple believed lecture series' were an important part of the education of students, especially in the areas of humanities.

The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

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