Little Rock University
In 1957, Little Rock Junior College expanded its curriculum and
changed its name to Little Rock University. Under the leadership
of President Carey V. Stabler (1956-1972), the new four-year university
forged new relationships beyond the borders of its growing campus.
As president of the downtown Rotary Club and a friend to the Little
Rock business community, Stabler helped promote the image of LRU
as an institution contributing to the growth of the city.
During the late 1960s, a possible merger with the University
of Arkansas at Fayetteville was a hot topic of discussion at LRU.
After prolonged study and negotiations, the merger materialized
in 1969 when Governor Winthrop Rockefeller signed the bill creating
the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.