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Josh Raney

Josh Raney

Director OLLI


(RSSV)-Research & Service Units

Phone: 479-575-3541

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Josh Raney is a native Arkansan and has lived in Fayetteville since enrolling at the University in 1999. He has been with the university for 14 years and currently serves as the interim director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of A  is Arkansas' leading university affiliated, non-profit program providing high quality, affordable educational, cultural and social opportunities for seasoned adults. Prior to becoming the director of OLLI, he led the Razor C.O.A.C.H. program, a college and career planning program for at risk high school students.

Job Duties:

The Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) manages every facet of the department with the concurrence on many issues with the Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. This includes conceptualizing, planning, developing, marketing, and coordinating the programming that's offered each semester. Additionally, the director oversees the OLLI Advisory Board, manages the departmental staff, and oversees the financial operations. The Director represents OLLI's leadership role in lifelong learning through presentations at regional, state and national conferences as well as presentations to various university and community organizations and committees.

Personal Information:

Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and one year old son, Hayes. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time canoeing, camping, hiking, biking and fishing. Josh shares his passion for the outdoors by volunteering to lead hikes for seasoned adults through OLLI.  In addition to the outdoors, Josh enjoys listening to music, especially live concerts, and has a passion for photography. He has had photographs published in the Capture Arkansas 2010 & 2013 picture books and on the cover of the OLLI course catalogs (Spring 2017 & Spring 2018).

University Perspectives

Chasing Waterfalls - Hiking the natural state's scenic waterfall

Scenic Overlooks of Arkansas

B.S.B.A. in Marketing
M.Ed. Human Resource Development


Supporting College and Career Readiness through University and High School Partnerships. Innovations in School Counseling Preparation Conference. Athens, GA, February 2016.

Higgins, K., Moore, S., Raney, J., Ritter, G. (2015). Second Year Results from a Random Assignment

College Access and Career Coaching Program (Razor C.O.A.C.H: Creating Opportunities for Arkansans’ Career Hopes). Arkansas Education Report. Vol. 12, Issue 2.

Fostering Partnerships Focused on College and Career Readiness. Arkansas Career Development Association Conference. Little Rock, AR, July 2015.

A University and High School Partnership Focused on College and Career Readiness. Southern Regional Education Board’s Go Alliance Webinar Series. Webinar presentation, April 2015.

Razor C.O.A.C.H. Arkansas School Counselor Association and Arkansas Department of Education Summer Conference. Hot Springs, AR, July 2014.

Supporting College and Career Readiness in Northwest Arkansas. EYE to the Future: Education, Youth, and the Economy. Rogers, AR, June 2014.

Razor C.O.A.C.H.: Supporting College and Career Readiness in Arkansas. 2014 OEP Conference - Diplomas, Certificates and Degrees: Helping Arkansas Students Find Their Ideal Careers. Little Rock, AR, May 2014.

A University and High School Partnership Focused on College and Career Readiness College Board’s Destination Equity 2014: Charting Bright Futures for All. Los Angeles, CA, April 2014.

Supporting Students through a Partnership between a University and local school districts. National Career Development Association’s Global Conference: Celebrating 100 Years of Career Development. Boston, MA, July, 2013.

  • College of Education & Health Professions Superior Service Award, University of Arkansas - 2013

  • University of Arkansas Human Resources Certificate - 2009

  • University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions Outstanding Service to Faculty Award - 2009

  • University of Arkansas, Rehabilitation, Human Resources & Communication Disorders Departmental Staff Award - 2008

  • University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions Best All Around Employee of the Year - 2007