In the 1960 season, Arden served as the team captain for the men’s basketball team and was the leading scorer and rebounder on the team. He was fourth in the Border Conference in field goal accuracy making 46.3 of his shots and was the second leading rebounder in the conference. He scored a career high 30 points in the Cowboys game against North Texas State. At the Gulf Coast Classic Holiday Tournament in Shreveport, Louisiana he set a tournament one-game rebound record with 25. After his collegiate career was over, Arden toured with the opposition team playing against the Harlem Magicians.
Arden earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in government and history and graduated magna cum laude from HSU. In 1964, he received his Ph. D in International Relations/Government at the University of Oklahoma.
The same year he entered the US Military as a Lieutenant in Army Intelligence. He was assigned to duty in Vietnam, was promoted to captain and was discharged in 1966 with a Bronze Star.
In 1967, he joined the University of Maryland’s Overseas Program as a faculty member, which began a 40-year career serving as a professor and director for many foreign programs. He was responsible for the UM program at military bases/embassies throughout Europe and Asia. He was inducted into the International Hall of Fame, Adult and Continuing Education in 2001. In 2003 he was the recipient of the “Presidential Medal” from UM, which is the highest honor that the university can bestow on an active employee within the University System of Maryland.