Tim Atkinson Named ASTA President

Tim Atkinson is the new president of the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority.

Gov. Mike Beebe made the announcement Friday morning. Atkinson was selected by the ASTA board of directors and replaces John Ahlen, who retired earlier this year.

Atkinson, 45, will begin his duties on July 1. He most recently served as Assistant Provost and Director for Sponsored Programs at the University of Central Arkansas, and previously spent more than 10 years directing research programs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

"Tim has a distinguished career in research, and is deeply aware of the potential it holds for our people and our economy," Beebe said in a news release. "Through his leadership, ASTA will continue guiding our efforts in developing cutting-edge technologies that are vital to 21st-century success."

Atkinson said he wants to promote economic and community development in Arkansas through research, science and technology.

"I want to use my experience and skills to promote this endeavor in a new and exciting way," he said.

ASTA was created by the state legislature in 1983 to promote scientific research; technology development; business innovation, and math, science and engineering education. Its 14-member board is appointed by the governor to staggered four-year terms.

The board is chaired by Glen Jones, president of Henderson State University.