The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's board of trustees has hired Clint Rhoden, a 17-year veteran of the ATRS, as its executive director.
He was one of 26 applicants for the job and one of six finalists the board interviewed. The vote to hire Rhoden was unanimous.
Rhoden replaces George Hopkins, who is retiring.
For the past four years, he has served on the organization's executive team under his predecessor.
Rhoden has led the information technology team at ATRS for 17 years. ARTS said Rhoden developed internal software that moved the organization away from third-party services, saving the organization millions of dollars over nearly two decades.
The board said Rhoden has extensive knowledge of the day-to-day operations of ATRS, including member issues, ATRS legislation, actuarial analysis and ATRS investments.
"As executive director of ATRS, I will continue to focus on providing exemplary member service for all ATRS members, continue and expand member outreach, and maintain day-to-day business as usual with the help of an outstanding staff already in place," Rhoden said in a news release.