FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas Board of Trustees chairman and longtime Razorback Foundation Board member Charles Scharlau will participate in the “A” Walk of Honor on Saturday prior to Arkansas’ football game against Auburn at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
A native of Mountain Home and a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, Scharlau served on the Board of Trustees from 1997-2007, including serving as its chairman from 2005-06. During his tenure of service, he was also chairman of the Athletics, Fiscal Affairs and Audit committees. Scharlau served nearly a quarter of a century on the Razorback Foundation Board, including as a member of its Executive Committee.
Scharlau has also served on numerous other advisory boards for the Fayetteville campus as well as UAMS. He is a past president of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association. In 2000, he received the Towers of Old Main Award from his alma mater. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the University of Arkansas Foundation.
“We are proud to recognize Charles Scharlau for his extraordinary service to our country, our state, the University of Arkansas and the Razorback Foundation,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “A native Arkansan, he served in World War II before enrolling at the University of Arkansas on the G.I Bill and earning his law degree. He went on to a distinguished professional career, but has always made time to serve his alma mater in countless meaningful ways including as a chairman of the Board of Trustees and a longtime member of the Razorback Foundation Board. His keen business acumen, honed in his many years with Southwestern Energy, was instrumental in helping shape the direction of the Razorback Foundation. His counsel and advice in his leadership role with the Razorback Foundation Board was invaluable to me and I appreciate his unwavering commitment to working with me on important issues. He is a great Arkansan and a lifelong Razorback. We are grateful for his many decades of selfless service and are pleased to celebrate his tremendous legacy.”
After serving in the United States Marine Corp during World War II, Scharlau entered the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1951. He began his career as legal counsel in 1951 and was involved in all facets of Southwestern Energy Co.’s business for more than 47 years, including serving as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Scharlau is a member of the Arkansas Bar and is counsel with the law firm of Connors and Winters.
Charles and his late wife Clydene, have five children, Marti Scharlau, Greg Scharlau, Chuck Scharlau, Robin Scharlau Muse and Caryn Scharlau, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
“Running through the A” is one of the Razorbacks’ most storied football traditions. While “Running through the A” is a tradition reserved only for members of the Razorback football team, Razorback Athletics created a program in 2010 to honor those individuals or groups who have played a significant role in the support of Razorback Athletics.
Honorees are invited to participate in this unique pre-game experience and are recognized on the video board and over the public address system as they walk through the “A” formed by the Razorback Marching Band. After completing the walk, honorees help complete the “A” before welcoming the Arkansas Razorback football team on the field just prior to kickoff.
Previous honorees have included members of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, the Willard and Pat Walker family, Bob and Marilyn Bogle, Tommy May, Boyce Billingsley and Rick Massey.