Holly Rose ’94, Association Life Member
As one of only 37 students in her high school graduating class, UALR alumnae Holly Rose yearned to stretch her wings beyond Bradford, in White County north of Searcy.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock offered Rose everything she was looking for in a college – a strong journalism department and the proximity to television stations in the heart of Arkansas’ Capital City. Once enrolled at UALR, she wanted to focus her journalism career in television reporting, but a fateful class with current Development Director Bob Denman changed all that.
“Bob taught a number of classes during the time I was here, and he persuaded me to go into advertising sales,” Rose said. “I’m glad he was honest about the industry and its challenges. His advice helped me choose a path that has been incredibly rewarding.”
Rose, who currently lives in Mayflower with her husband Darren, son, and stepson, began her career with KARK in 1994 in an entry-level position in the sales department. After several promotions, she was named General Sales Manager in 2002. Rose is now employed by Newport Television, where she manages a sales team of account executives at CW Arkansas and Fox 16.
Working at CW Arkansas and Fox 16, Rose said, has been a wonderful challenge. She enjoys educating potential advertisers of the rich marketing opportunities coming from the demographic the stations attract.
But Rose has also always loved educating others about the wealth of opportunities available at UALR. She always seizes the opportunity to talk to students about her career and the benefits from attending the University. Rose joined the UALR Alumni Association Board in 2005 and current serves as chair for the membership committee. In this role, she works to encourage graduates to join the Alumni Association.
Sports with son Garrett Taylor and stepson Zack Rose keep her extremely busy, as does new born John Charles, but Rose still finds time to volunteer as a member of the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House and duck hunt with her husband. She is an active member of the Television Broadcasters of Arkansas, serving as the 2007 president for the organization.
Finding time for family is the single most important part of Rose’s life, but she always manages to carve out a bit of time for the University she cares so much about.
“I love UALR because part of the reason I am where I am is because of this University,” Rose said. “It all boils down to pride; I want to give back so my University can strive for even greater things.”