Byways 2021: A project of the Scenic Byways Coalition and America’s Byways Resource Center

About Dr. Ruth A. Hawkins

Dr. Ruth A. HawkinsDr. Ruth A. Hawkins is director of Delta Heritage Initiatives at Arkansas State University, which includes responsibilities for development of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center at Piggott, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum at Tyronza, and the Lakeport Plantation near Lake Village. She also is Executive Director of Arkansas Delta Byways, Inc., a tourism promotion association serving Eastern Arkansas. The association manages and promotes two National Scenic Byways in the region: the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas segment of The Great River Road. Arkansas Delta Byways also is a partner in a three-year Rural Heritage Development Initiative, funded by the Kellogg Foundation through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Dr. Hawkins has served in various administrative capacities at Arkansas State University for 28 years. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, a Master’s degree in Political Science from Arkansas State University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Mississippi.

She serves as a technical advisor to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission of Arkansas, board member for Mississippi River Trail, Inc, and member of the Arkansas Women’s Forum. Dr. Hawkins is the recipient of several achievement awards through the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism, including 2005 Tourism Person of the Year.