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Exchange of higher ed power

By: 24 February 2011 One Comment

LITTLE ROCK–Two announcements came out of Little Rock today that will influence Arkansas’ higher education system.

Jim Purcell, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, was appointed the commissioner of Louisiana’s higher education system. Purcell started his position at the ADHE in 2008.

The second announcement was that Gov. Mike Beebe named ADHE Deputy Director Shane Broadway as interim director of the agency, which governs the state’s 11 universities and 22 community colleges.

Beebe will discuss how next to proceed with the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, according to a press release from Beebe’s office.

“We will find an AHDE director who has the diplomatic skills to work with all our colleges and universities,” Beebe said. “He or she must also have the ambition and drive to pursue our vision of doubling the number of Arkansans with college degrees by the year 2025.”
Under Arkansas law, the Director of Higher Education is chosen by the Coordinating Board, and confirmed by the governor. After hiring, the director serves at the will of the governor, according to the press release.

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