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12-06-2011 Department of Higher Education director to speak at commencement


Shane Broadway, the interim director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, will deliver the keynote address at fall commencement exercises of South Arkansas Community College.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. College administrators decided to hold commencement at the auditorium to better accommodate the large class of 380 graduates and theirwell wishers.

Broadway has been with the ADHE since January of this year. He is a member of Gov. Mike Beebe’s full cabinet as well as the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, an appointed group of state government leaders charged with creating 21st-Century jobs and skilled workers.

Broadway’s primary responsibility is oversight of staff whose jobs are to carry out the policy directives of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board and to develop funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges as well as several other post-secondary entities. In addition, the agency is responsible for distributing approximately $170 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds intended to ease the financial burden of students seeking an education beyond high school.

An Arkansas State University alumnus, Broadway served three terms as a representative for Pulaski and Saline Counties, and two terms in the senate. He was elected speaker of the House by his colleagues in 2001.

While serving in the General Assembly, Broadway was on the Education Committee every term except when he was speaker of the House. He previously was the chairman of the 15-state Southern Legislative Conference and chairman of the SLC’s Education Committee. Beebe appointed Broadway to the advisory board of the Southern Regional Education Board in 2007.

Broadway currently is president of the Saline County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. He and his wife Debbie Broadway were recipients of the 2001 Hope Award by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Arkansas.

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