The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute (the Institute) board of directors has accepted Dr. Marta Loyd’s intent to retire on March 31, 2022. The board will execute the search for the new Executive Director/CEO, and more information about the position can be found at

“Marta is committed to the idea that the most effective problem solving is accomplished through collaboration,” said Dr. Stephanie Gardner, provost and chief strategy officer at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and chair of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s Board of Directors. “That commitment embodied Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller’s legacy and became the guiding vision of this Institute. Her impact on the Institute’s work and on the organizations that looked to the Institute for assistance is significant and lasting.”

Loyd arrived at the Institute in 2014. Under her leadership, the Institute’s mission has been clarified and strengthened to focus on the Rockefeller Ethic, a unique approach to collaborative problem solving as modeled by Gov. Rockefeller. As a team, she and her staff have strengthened external partnerships, doubled the number of program offerings, and implemented an evaluation system to measure impact. In 2018, Loyd secured a gift of over $100 million from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust to establish the Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller Endowment. The University of Arkansas Foundation holds and manages that endowment which funds a significant portion of the Institute’s operations.

Before joining the Institute, she spent 17 years working at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 12 of those serving as vice chancellor for university advancement and as executive director of the UAFS Foundation. Prior to taking the helm of the UAFS Foundation, Loyd, a former dental hygienist, led the effort to start the dental hygiene school at then Westark College.

“Dr. Loyd has been an integral part of developing, promoting, and deploying Gov. Rockefeller’s vision for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute for many years,” said Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System. “Her first-rate leadership skills and the wonderful team she’s built around her are the epitome of the Rockefeller spirit of collaboration and transformational change, and their impact on the state and within this System are immeasurable. She will be missed and I wish her all the best as she moves toward other mountain tops in her career and life.”


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    Jane Owen on December 13, 2021

    Congratulations, you should be proud of the work you have done. Your willingness to share your knowledge and encourage me has built my confidence. I have admired you for many years. I know you will be greatly missed. I am doing a Happy Dance for you.
    The Best!
    Jane Owen

    PS, I hope you will find time to visit me at Arts on Main. We have moved into our new building and planning the grand opening for March 2021.

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    Marsha M. Loyd on April 23, 2022

    I have admired you since we first met in LV many many years ago. I remembered how you impressed Jonnie when she first met you!
    You have been an exemplary Mother, Wife and Family member all these years. Furthering your education while being Mom and raising funds and leading an upbeat branch of U of A in Fort Smith was admirable. Then, these past eight years at Winrock have been the most outstanding experience of your professional career. But, all those steps in between prepared you for this success!
    I wish you many enjoyable retirement years. And, I am pleased to say you continue to make us all proud we are a part of your family.
    Marsha M. Loyd

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