Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Frank Scott Jr., a Little Rock banker and former member of the governor’s staff, to fill out the state Highway Commission term of John Burkhalter, who resigned to run for lieutenant governor.

The release:


Governor Mike Beebe today named Frank Scott, Jr., of Little Rock to the Arkansas Highway Commission.

“I’ve watched Frank develop from an eager young man to an experienced, knowledgeable and fair-minded professional,” Beebe said. “I can’t help but think of the gubernatorial appointment I received as a young professional, and I know Frank will make the most of this opportunity.”

Scott, 29, a bank executive with First Security, grew up in Little Rock and holds a MBA in strategic management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also sits on the boards of directors for the Little Rock Port Authority and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. Beginning in 2007, Scott spent five years on Govenor Beebe’s policy staff, and was serving as his Director of Intergovernmental Affairs when he left for his current job.

Scott replaces John Burkhalter on the Commission. The appointment expires January 14, 2017.

Black members are rare on the Highway Commission. To the best of my recollection, there’s been only one previous black appointee — Rodney Slater, who went on to become Transportation secretary.