LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Friday named Dr. Nathaniel Smith as director of the state Department of Health.
Smith has served as interim director the past three months following the departure of former director Dr. Paul Halverson.
"Nate has proven himself to be a steady, knowledgeable leader of this large and vital state agency," Beebe said in a statement announcing the appointment. "I’m confident he’ll continue to guide our state through the many important health issues that we face."
Smith began working for the Health Department in 2004. A specialist in infectious diseases, he has served previously as state epidemiologist and as deputy director for health programs.