LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday named Yessica Jones, who has been serving as interim director of the state Department of Information Services, to be the agency’s permanent director.


Jones served as deputy director of DIS before being named interim director after Mark Myers stepped down in November.


She has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harding University. Before joining DIS, she was an assistant professor in Harding’s Department of Management Information Systems, where she taught data management, database design and business applications programming.


She has also served as a solutions developer for Little Rock-based Acxiom, as a database developer for Pennzoil and as Hutchinson’s outreach liaison to the Hispanic community.


“Yessica’s leadership and knowledge of the technology sector has made her a tremendous asset to DIS over the last year, and I look forward to working with her as we continue to improve our state’s digital services,’ Hutchinson said in a statement. “I am confident that she will lead the agency with vision and innovation to meet the demands of the rapidly-evolving technology industry.”


Jones said in a statement, “Each day, I am grateful to work with such a hard-working, dedicated staff of employees. Their support has helped guide my success throughout the months I have served as acting director. I have pledged to work side-by-side with employees in fulfilling the commitments we make to our customers with attention to quality and service.”