UALR announces 2017 award recipients

February 20-26, 2017

By Angelita Faller

One of the top female CEOs in the country has been named the 2017 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Distinguished Alumna Award winner.

Candice Hunter Corby, a 1994 UA Little Rock graduate, is the CEO and president of Cobra Legal Solutions in Austin.

Corby will be honored during the UA Little Rock Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration, presented by Baptist Health, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, in the Great Hall of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Joining Corby is the 2017 UA Little Rock Presidents Award recipient, Rebecca Ward, a private social work practitioner in Little Rock and a former two-term president of the UA Little Rock Alumni Association board of directors.

“While the backgrounds and contributions of Candice and Rebecca vary greatly, they are both united by an astounding level of service and accomplishment,” said Christian O’Neal, vice chancellor for university advancement. “Their contributions and dedication bring credit to UA Little Rock and embody the ‘Heart of a Trojan.’”

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor presented by the UA Little Rock Alumni Association, while the Presidents Award is bestowed on individuals with career success and a profound dedication to the university.

The event is sponsored by Baptist Health and hosted by the UA Little Rock Foundation Fund Board and the UA Little Rock Alumni Association.

Candice Hunter Corby

Candice Hunter Corby is the CEO, president, and one of two female board members of Cobra Legal Solutions, LLC. Based in Austin, Texas, she leads an incredible staff of legal experts and technologists to consistently and cost-effectively help corporate legal departments and law firms with their information management needs.

Corby was named one of the Top 10 Female CEOs of 2016 by dotCEO. Additionally, the Austin Business Journal recognized her as a 2015 Profiles in Power – Women of Influence in Central Texas finalist.

Rebecca Ward

Ward graduated with a Master of Social Work from UA Little Rock in 1979. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in English and French from Ouachita Baptist University and a master’s degree in social agency counseling from Henderson State University.

After completing her education, Ward began a highly successful career in social work that has included roles at Arkansas Children’s Colony, Greater Little Rock Community Mental Health Center, Ouachita Regional Mental Health Center, and several private practices. She has been in private practice with her partner, Howard Turney, for the past 10 years.

Ward joined the UA Little Rock Alumni Association board of directors and served as president from 2010 to 2014. She helped oversee hundreds of scholarships for potential and current UA Little Rock students. 

  • Candice Corby, Distinguished Alumna and Rebecca Ward, Presidents Award
    Candice Corby, Distinguished Alumna and Rebecca Ward, Presidents Award