LITTLE ROCK — Tim Atkinson will be the new president of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, Gov. Mike Beebe announced Friday.
The ASTA Board of Directors selected Atkinson, who will serve at the will of the governor.
Atkinson, 45, most recently served as assistant provost and director for sponsored programs at the University of Central Arkansas. He previously spent more than a decade conducting and 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 issued by his office. "Through his leadership, ASTA will continue guiding our efforts in developing cutting-edge technologies that are vital to 21st century success."
Atkinson said in the release, "I am passionate about 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."
Atkinson’s official start date is July 1. He replaces John Ahlen, who retired earlier this year.