Great Grads: Kenda Treadway ’57
Giving back to school and community became a way of life for Kenda Treadway, starting with the strong foundation she established when her alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), was still a junior college.
â€śI started my college education at Little Rock Junior College and discovered a love of learning,â€ť Treadway said. â€śAt the same time, I became involved in activities that helped me grow in social skills and confidence in myself.â€ť
Treadway attended UALR during three distinct times in the Universityâ€™s development. Treadway received her associate degree in accounting in 1957, the year before Little Rock Junior College (LRJC) became Little Rock University. Coursework at LRJC prepared her well, and from there, Treadway went on to earn a bachelorâ€™s degree in business administration from Ouachita Baptist University in 1959. She attended summer school at Little Rock University, and later took accounting classes at UALR after the University joined the UA System.
As a member of the UALR Alumni Association Board of Directors, this proud mother and grandmother continues her tradition of supporting the University in a variety of ways. In addition to her service on the alumni board, Treadway and sister-in-law Ann Henry established the William Andrew Treadway III Endowed Scholarship in 2006 to honor her late husband. The scholarship benefits those students who are pursuing a degree in the UALR College of Business.
By supporting the University, Treadway said she hopes to make a positive impact on the surrounding community, helping UALR make connections for future growth. She regularly volunteers at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and St. James United Methodist Church, all the while projecting the positive image of a successful UALR graduate.
â€śUALR offers students a superior education,â€ť she added, â€śand Iâ€™m proud to be associated each day with the University. Constructive interaction between alumni and friends and their own communities helps the University by leaving a positive impression for the future.â€ť