Bruce Trimble, MA, APR, is the director of business development for The BridgeWay Hospital, a psychiatric facility for children, adolescents and adults in North Little Rock, AR. Trimble joined the leadership team in 2008, and brings to his role more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications including marketing and public relations.
He holds a Master of Arts in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mediation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In 2015, the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA honored him with the Crystal Award, which is awarded to a distinguished member who has made significant and continuous contributions to the public relations profession. In 2017, AY magazine recognized him as an Intriguing Man for his mental health advocacy. In 2018, he received the inaugural Alumni Making a Difference Award from the UALR department of Applied Communication, which recognizes alumni for being instrumental in their community to foster the co-creation of better social worlds through positive communication. In 2019, the UALR Department of Communication awarded The BridgeWay with the Community Partner Award.
As an impassioned supporter of UALR, Trimble was selected to serve on the Department of Communication board, which was instrumental in founding the Dr. Angela Laird Brenton Endowed Scholarship, the first such endowment for the department. The endowment provides assistance for any education related expenses, including but not limited to tuition, books, fees, and room and board, for students pursuing or furthering a degree or continuing education in Speech Communication the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
An avid mental health advocate, Trimble was appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council in 2015 when the council was commissioned, and served as co-chair from 2015 to 2017. As an active member of the council, he oversees the development of evidence-based initiatives to increase awareness of and prevent suicide, which is a major threat to public health and welfare of Arkansans. In 2018, he was instrumental in establishing a call center for the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Hotline, the first in Arkansas.