LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday named Mark Myers as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday named Mark Myers as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems.


Myers, of Van Buren, has been director of strategic initiatives at the secretary of state’s office since 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas and a post-graduate certificate in security, stability, development in complex operations from the Naval Post-Graduate School.


A 2003 graduate of the Army Signal School, Myers serves as a major in the Army Reserves and has been deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.


Claire Bailey resigned as director of the Department of Information Systems in October.


"Mark’s technology background in the military, coupled with his breadth of experience in this field, makes him the ideal choice as the new Director of DIS," Hutchinson said in a statement. "Mark understands the importance this position has on the state and its people, and I know he will represent my administration well."


Myers said in a statement, "I’m proud to join Gov. Hutchinson’s cabinet as director of the Department of Information Systems. Technology changes daily, if not hourly, and the trust the governor has put in me to lead one of the most dynamic agencies in government is both inspiring and humbling."