Bill Stovall to Lead Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 3:33 pm  

Bill Stovall, a former Arkansas Speaker of the House, has been named executive director of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Stovall will take over Oct. 1, succeeding Ed Franklin, who is retiring.

"We've worked with Bill Stovall for more than a decade and have always been impressed with his enormous understanding of the state budget and attention to detail on all legislative matters," said Chris Thomason, chairman of the Presidents and Chancellors Division of the AATYC and chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope.

"Bill brings a commitment to our organization and community colleges on a variety of levels," he said. "Under his leadership, our growing responsibility to build a quality workforce for Arkansas will be in good hands."

A Heber Springs native, Stovall served on the Cleburne County Quorum Court for eight years before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2001. He was Speaker of the House from 2005-2006. 

Since his retirement due to term limits, Stovall has remained employed by the House in various roles, including chief of staff and chief operations officer.

Stovall received an associate of arts degree from Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a master’s degree in liberal arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.  

"I look forward to serving the mission of Arkansas' community colleges," Stovall said. "As the changing job market demands more post-secondary degrees and certificates, we have an ambitious agenda in Arkansas." 

The AATYC is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Arkansas' 22 two-year colleges and their students.



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