Public Relations and Marketing Staff

Public Relations



Steven R. Hinds
Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Steven is the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing. He holds a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas.

Steven has experience in higher education, banking, marketing, public relations, and entrepreneurial business. He is a volunteer for several boards, committees, and non-profit organizations.

The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named Steven to its annual "Forty under Forty" list and he received the Service Award from the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

A Springdale native, Steven and his family live in Fayetteville.



Debbie Miller
Communications Specialist

An Arkansas native, Debbie spent more than 25 years working as a daily newspaper reporter, news editor, city editor, managing editor and features editor for publications throughout the state. She worked in the local media market 13 years before joining the public relations team at NWACC in 2011.

She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communications, both from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She also recently earned a second master's degree in leadership and ethics from John Brown University.

She has a strong affinity for the work and mission of a large number of area nonprofit organizations and is a member of Arkansas Press Women/National Federation of Press Women and the Public Relations Society of America.

Her role at NWACC entails preparing news releases, press advisories and media kits, writing speeches and remarks, and developing content for internal communications pieces such as The NWACC Insight and daily announcements.

She and her husband reside in Bentonville.




Justin Froning
Marketing Manager / Design Lead

Justin is a Northwest Arkansas native that has found himself back at home after years on the road performing with and managing a national touring band.  His background in marketing and design stems from the music industry, as well as working with large publications such as the Seattle Met and Portland Monthly.

His own company has provided branding, identity development, and marketing plans for entities throughout the country, though his passion for education has brought him to NWACC, where his goal is to cultivate a culture that exudes professionalism and care for our students and surrounding community.  He eats, sleeps, and breathes design, and has won both national and international awards for his branding and illustrative work.  He and his wife live in Bentonville.



Zac Trout
Graphic Designer








Rachel Lipe
Graphic Designer