- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education was named Wednesday as vice president for governmental relations for the Arkansas State University System.

ASU System President Charles Welch said Shane Broadway, a former member of both the Arkansas House and Senate, will succeed Robert Evans, who is retiring.

“Shane brings to us an ideal blend of experience as a former legislator who is very knowledgeable about higher education and the processes of state government,” Welch said in a statement. “He is also an alumnus and former student body president at Arkansas State.

Broadway was a member of the state House from 1997-2002, and elected Speaker in 2001. He served in the state Senate from 2003-10.

Broadway, who will be based in Little Rock, joined ADHE as deputy director in January 2011. He was appointed interim director a month later by Gov. Mike Beebe and was named director in October 2013. He is also a member of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.

“For almost four years I have had the honor to serve at the Department of Higher Education, our colleges and universities, and members of the Higher Education Coordinating Board,” Broadway said. “Now I look forward to taking my experience and relationships from all levels of government to the ASU System.”

The ASU System has about 20,800 students statewide with its flagship campus in Jonesboro; campuses at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, Newport, Marked Tree and Mountain Home; and instructional sites at Paragould and the Little Rock Air Force Base.

Broadway’s starting date has not been determined, but he is expected to remain at ADHE through the Jan. 30 meeting of the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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