J.R. Andrews Hits the Ground Running as New V.P. for Institutional Advancement

Westminster College is pleased to announce that J.R. Andrews has been selected as the institution’s new Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He officially began his duties on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Andrews brings to the College more than two decades of experience in planned giving in the nonprofit industry as well as in the for-profit sector. He has worked extensively with charitable trusts, gift annuities, investment services, banking compliance and budgeting.

A native of Arkadelphia, AR, Andrews comes to Westminster from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where he served as Director of Planned Giving since 2017. His previous titles include Planned Giving Officer at Berea College in Berea, KY; Vice President of Heifer International Foundation in Little Rock, AR; Vice President of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas; Vice President of Citizens First Bank of Arkadelphia, AR; and Trust and Compliance Examiner of the Arkansas State Bank Department in Little Rock.

In addition, Andrews also ran his own law firm — Andrews Law Firm — from 2008 to 2015, where he focused on estate planning and consumer protection litigation.

Andrews earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law-Fayetteville in 1991. In 1989, he received a bachelor of arts degree in both economics and business from Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Andrews is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XVII.

Read further to learn more about the lighter side of Andrews:

What are your hobbies and interests?

Running, hiking … anything outdoors!

Favorite food?

I love Italian food.

Favorite television shows/movies?

Dumb comedies and horror movies.

Favorite sports team?

The Arkansas Razorbacks.

Favorite book?

Anything by Stephen King.


I have a wife, Pauletta, and two sons in college, Tucker (20) and Hunter (19).

Do you have any pets?

I have two small dogs.

What is something about you that very few people know?

I had a speaking part in a television commercial.

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.