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Rick D. Niece, Ph.D. is an award-winning author and educator who began his career as a high school English teacher and retired as a university president. His three-book “Fanfare for a Hometown” series includes SIDE-YARD SUPERHERO, THE BAND PLAYS ON, and PERFECT IN MEMORY. The books, awarded over twenty regional and national awards, take readers to small-town American to share his carefully pocketed memories about simpler times, family values, community influence, and personal responsibility. SIDE-YARD SUPERHERO was chosen as the One Book, One Community reading selection in Arkansas and Ohio.

Niece is currently writing children’s books for early readers, as well as for adults who enjoy reading to children. He serves as an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Arkansas SCBWI. Rick and his wife, Sherée, reside in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.






Author Rick D. Niece, Ph.D.,
President Emeritus of University of the Ozarks





Author Rick with his wife, Sherée