Dr. David Rainey, a former state representative and Dumas school administrator, was recently recognized as a Champion of Rural Arkansas.

The Champions of Rural Arkansas is co-sponsored by Rural Community Alliance and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Rainey is pictured above (left) with other honorees Robert Moery (accepting the award for Gov. Asa Hutchinson), State Reps. Bruce Cozart, Mary Bentley,  and Charlotte V. Douglas, Col. Darryl Treat, State Sen. Jack Crumbly Sr., and Stephens Mayor Harry Brown.

Rainey is a former school superintendent, state representative, and visiting professor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. At UAPB, Rainey managed a partnership between the university and five school districts to improve reading, math and English K-12.

Prior to his work at UAPB, Rainey served as a program manager with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). In this role, he managed the site work in the five states served by SEDL Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. This  research initiative was designed to assist districts and schools in working to improve student achievement in reading and math. Researchers studied the transformation of low-performing schools into high-performing schools and developed procedural knowledge for practitioners and policy makers.

Rainey is also a former director of the Southeast Comprehensive Assistance Center, where he managed the delivery of technical assistance and professional development services at the state and district level in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. This work involved coordination and collaboration with the state departments of education and regional service centers in each state to assist local school districts in implementing the Improving America’s Schools Act.

Before joining SEDL in 1996, Rainey served three years as director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences. Prior to that he served 13 years as a building administrator with the Dumas Public Schools, one year as assistant high school principal, six years as junior high school principal, and six years as high school principal. More recently, he has worked with the Arkansas Leadership Academy, the ForwARd Arkansas steering committee, and as chair of the ForwARd Arkansas Implementation Working Group. He also serves on the board of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

He is a former state representative serving the 11th district of Arkansas where he was a member of the House Education Committee.

Rainey holds a doctor of education degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master of arts degree in secondary school administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a bachelor of science degree in history and government from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Rural Community Alliance is a state-wide nonprofit organization whose purpose is helping rural schools and communities survive and thrive. The organization has chapters in 65 small rural communities throughout the state of Arkansas. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas provides electricity to 490,000 people to power their homes, businesses, and farms.