Carder Hawkins has been named deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems, and Richard Wang has been named chief data officer.
Hawkins returns to DIS after nearly five years as deputy commissioner for information services at the Arkansas Insurance Department. He succeeds Yessica Jones, who was named acting director of DIS in November and subsequently made permanent director.
The chief data officer position was created by the Legislature earlier this year. Wang is the executive director of the Institute for Chief Data Officers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and director of the MIT Chief Data Officer & Information Quality Program, and he will continue in that role.
Nick Bateman has joined the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture as an assistant professor and extension entomologist based at the Rice Research & Extension Center in Stuttgart.
Bateman earned his bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a doctorate in agriculture and life sciences with a concentration in entomology from Mississippi State University.
Curtis Osier has been promoted to branch manager of Building & Earth’s Little Rock branch, and Michael Evans has been promoted to manager of the construction materials testing department of the engineering firm’s Springdale branch.
Osier, who joined the company more than three years ago, has a master’s degree in soil classification from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and more than 20 years of experience in the industry.
Evans, previously an assistant project manager, has more than 20 years of experience in construction materials testing and construction management.
Jeremy Thornton has joined Alexander Open Systems in Little Rock as a design architect responsible for consulting and designing network and voice systems for clients. He previously worked as a solutions architect for General Datatech.
Jim Jones has been promoted to vice president of operations for Southeastern Freight Lines’ south-central region, which includes Arkansas.
Jones will be based in Dallas.
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