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2019 COTY Woodruff Awards

April 17, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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The Little Rock Club - Regions Building, 30th Floor
400 W Capitol Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201

Join us for this special event as we recognize


Dr. Bobby Roberts,

former director of the Central Arkansas Library System and

winner of this year's John K. Woodruff Award for Lifetime Achievement,


and the honorable Frank Scott Jr.,

mayor of Little Rock and

winner of this year's Communicator of the Year Award.


The awards ceremony will take place at noon on

Friday, April 17

at the Little Rock Club




About the John K. Woodruff Award for Lifetime Achievement honoree:

Dr. Bobby Roberts was director of the Central Arkansas Library System from 1989 until his retirement in 2016. During his tenure the System expanded from six to nineteen buildings. The facilities won numerous prizes including two international awards for excellence in Library architectural design. He was involved in many millage campaigns in which citizens approved over $160 million in General Improvement Bonds.

Between 1983 and 1984, Roberts served as Gov. Bill Clinton’s Liaison for Public Safety. In January 1986, the governor appointed Roberts to the Board of Correction, serving until July 1993. From 1994 until 2004, Roberts served on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

Roberts was named Library Journal’s “Librarian of the Year” for 1998. It is one of librarianship’s most prestigious national awards. In 2002, he received the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects “Award of Merit” for his commitment to building quality public buildings. In 2004, University of Arkansas gave him the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. In 2016 The Downtown Little Rock partnership gave him the “Top of the Rock Award” for his work in developing the downtown area. In that same year he received the “Frances P. Neal Award” from the Arkansas Library Association for his distinguished work in librarianship.

His specialty is military history with a particular interest in the Civil War. He is the co-author of four books on the civil war in The Portraits of Conflict series, author of 11 articles/book chapters, and co-editor of three civil war books.


About the Communicator of the Year honoree:

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has dedicated much of his adult life to public service, in the pulpit as an associate pastor, as a mentor to young teenagers, and as a leader in public policy. As a board member of the Little Rock Port Authority and a State Highway Commissioner, Mayor Scott rolled up his sleeves and went to work on the local and state infrastructure needed in order to build a stronger city and region. 

Scott learned about hard work and public service from his father, a retired Little Rock firefighter. When the opportunity presented itself Scott worked two jobs, one as the night shift supervisor at a Target distribution center for Central Arkansas and a second with the 2006 campaign of Gov. Mike Beebe. Scott went on to serve as the deputy policy director and later as the intergovernmental affairs director in the governor’s office.

Scott recognizes the difference that a values-driven purpose can have in one’s life and is guided by the following – faith, family, community, and cooperation. He resides in the same area he grew up in, he gives back to the city that invested in him and reminds young people that values are the foundation of a purpose-filled life.

A firm believer in education and the opportunity that it can provide, Scott is a former member of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees (now UA-PTC) and currently serves on the UA-Little Rock Board of Visitors. Mayor Scott believes that “When we come together, we are more than just a series of neighborhoods and zip codes. We are the people of Little Rock, and we can change course for a better direction for our city if we have the will to do it.”


$30.00 Members

$30.00 Guests