LITTLE ROCK — Former House Speaker Bill Stovall will be the next executive director of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, Chris Thomason, chairman of the presidents and chancellors division of the association, said Wednesday.
Stovall, who currently serves as chief operations officer in the Arkansas House, will begin his new job Oct. 1. He will succeed Ed Franklin, whose retirement will be effective Jan. 2, 2014.
In a news release, Thomason, chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, said the association has "worked with Bill Stovall for more than a decade and have always been impressed with his enormous understanding of the state budget and attention to detail on legislative matters."
Stovall, a Heber Springs native, served on the Cleburne County Quorum Court for eight years before being elected to the state House as a Democrat from Quitman in 2001. He served three terms and was House speaker during his final term in 2005-2006.
He has remained employed by the House in various positions since leaving the Legislature.
He received an associate of arts degree from Pulaski Tech, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a master’s degree in liberal arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
"I look forward to serving the mission of Arkansas’ community colleges," Stovall said in a news release. "As the changing job market demands more post-secondary degrees and certificates, we have an ambitious agenda in Arkansas."
Franklin has served as president and CEO of the AATYC since 1996. The association represents 22 public two-year colleges in Arkansas.