Jim Argue


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AR AIMS, Chair

Jim Argue, Jr. 

Jim Argue, Jr. was raised in a United Methodist parsonage, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and earned a degree in history and political science from Hendrix College, a United Methodist institution.

In 1981 Jim became President of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. The Foundation develops and administers permanent, charitable endowment funds to support United Methodist ministries in Arkansas. The Foundation’s assets total $130 million and it administers over 650 separate charitable funds.

Jim was elected to the Arkansas Legislature seven times. He is a former President Pro Tempore of the Senate and chair of the Senate Education Committee. He is recognized as one of the key architects in the state’s response to the 2002 Lake View Supreme Court decision, a ruling that lead to major reforms and improvements in the state’s public education system. Jim is also past chair of the Education Committee of the National Association of State Legislatures. He served two terms as a director of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin, Texas, and served on the Board of the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jim has been a leader in his community. He is the current chair of the Arkansas AIMS project designed to improve math and science education in the state, and is vice chair of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. He served on the board of St. Vincent Medical Center. He is a fellow of Leadership Greater Little Rock and has received the organization’s Distinguished Leadership Award. He received the NCCJ’s Father Joseph Biltz award in 2000. Jim received an honorary doctorate degree from Philander Smith College in 1999 and received the Ethel K. Millar Award for Religious and Social Awareness from Hendrix College in 2004. He was named a National Humanitarian by Just Communities of Central Arkansas in 2007.

Jim has also been an active leader in the United Methodist Church at the local church, state and national levels. Jim is past Chairperson of the Administrative Board of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. He has served as a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Jim is currently a member of the General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a member of the Extended Cabinet of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Jim is married to Elise Carey Argue. They have two adult daughters and one granddaughter.