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Governor Beebe Announces Appointments to U of A Board, State Police Commission

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Beebe today named John “Reynie” Rutledge of Searcy to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and Bob Burns of Little Rock to the Arkansas State Police Commission.

Rutledge, 63, is Chairman and CEO of First Security Bank. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and currently serves on both the Walton College Executive Advisory Board and the UAMS Foundation Board. His wife and three sons are all graduates of the University of Arkansas, as well.

Burns, 68, is the Chairman and CEO of Farmer’s Bank and Trust, based in Magnolia. Currently the president of the Arkansas State Police Foundation, Burns also served 23 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel. A graduate of both Henderson State University and the University of Arkansas, Burns has also served on the Arkansas Higher Education Coordination Board.

Rutledge’s appointment expires March 1, 2017. He replaces John Tyson.

Burns’ appointment expires January 14, 2020. He replaces Steve Smith.