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Hutchinson Names Kelly Eichler, Sheffield Nelson to UA System Board

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson Monday named Kelly Eichler and Sheffield Nelson to the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees effective March 1. 

Eichler’s appointment will expire on March 1, 2026 and Nelson’s will expire on March 1, 2025.

“I am delighted to appoint Sheffield Nelson and Kelly Eichler to the board of trustees and have no doubt they will make tremendous additions to an already stellar group,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “Their individual backgrounds and experience – not to mention their respective ties to the University of Arkansas System – will benefit their colleagues and provide new perspective in the coming years.”

They are replacing Jane Rogers and Jim von Gremp.

Eichler is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She earned her juris doctorate from the UALR Bowen School of Law in 1991 and has served as a law clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals, as a Pulaski County deputy prosecutor, a partner in private practice, and special judge in circuit and juvenile courts. She began working for the state in the administration of Gov. Mike Huckabee and is policy director for Hutchinson.

Nelson earned his juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock Division, in 1969 and is a graduate of the Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas). He has served on the boards of Philander Smith College, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and on the Arkansas Board of Higher Education.

For the past 30 years, he has been a senior partner at House Wallace Nelson & Jewell and a successor firm, Jack Nelson & Jones. Nelson served on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 2000-2007.

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