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9/25/2019

Governor Hutchinson Unveils New Logos for State’s 15 Newly Created Departments

Governor Asa Hutchinson today unveiled new logos that represent each of the state’s 15 newly created cabinet-level departments as well as a general seal to represent all of Arkansas state government.

The new logos will be implemented in an efficient and cost-effective manner, meaning all current forms of communications, such as letterhead and envelopes, will be used before ordering new stock. The departments have already begun using the logos on social media and in email signatures. You can find all 15 logos HERE

“Each of the 15 departments has a unique role in state government, but the overall goal is the same: identify efficiencies in order to provide a better delivery of services to the people of our state at less cost to the taxpayer,” said Governor Hutchinson. “I believe the unified design of these logos reinforces that message by giving each department its own identity while maintaining a consistent look across the 15 departments.” 

The logos were created by the Little Rock advertising firm CJRW at no cost to the state. CJRW provided the following explanation as to the objective of these designs:

“The overarching objective of the state logo project was to facilitate streamlined communications between state government departments as well as the general public. This involved creating a state logo identity system that would be easily recognizable, could work across multiple platforms and that was designed consciously for longevity.”

Governor Hutchinson signed the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 into law on April 12, 2019. This legislation, which cut the number of cabinet-level departments from 42 to 15, marked the largest reorganization of Arkansas state government in nearly 50 years. Governor Hutchinson appointed his 15 new cabinet secretaries in May, and they assumed their new roles on July 1. 

8/19/2019

ADE launches new Portal as part of transformation initiatives

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of its new portal in the form of ADE Portal available via the URL: https://ade.arkansas.gov/ .

This new landing page is the agency’s front-facing page that directs visitors to each ADE division. Each ADE division is still accessible by going to the original web address. For example, you can still get to the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education by going to http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov.  

The core components of the ADE Portal are listed as follows:

  • Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Division of Career and Technical Education (DCTE)
  • Division of Higher Education (DHE)
  • Arkansas State Library (ASL)
  • Arkansas School for the Deaf (ASD)
  • Arkansas School for the Blind and Visual Impaired (ASBVI)
  • MLK Commission and Board

Please send your feedback and comments to ADE.ITServices@Arkansas.Gov

7/19/2019

ADE: Division of Career and Technical Education launches new website

The Division of Career and Technical Education (DCTE), now part of Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of their new website.

The new website address is:

https://dcte.ade.arkansas.gov

The new site features several modules like Career and Technical Administration, Funding/Accountability, Licensing, Occupational Areas, Perkins; Professional Development, Work-Based Learning, Special Projects and Resources.

The site is completely responsive web design (RWD) in nature. RWD is an approach to web design that makes web pages render on a variety of devices and window or screen sizes. It enables to deliver the content, design and performance that are necessary across all devices to ensure usability and end-user satisfaction.

"The Division of Career and Technical Education is excited about the launch of the new website as one of the first collaborative projects to improve efficiencies and alignment of DCTE with the Arkansas Department of Education," said DCTE Director Dr. Angela Kremers. "The new site enhances the user experience with intuitive navigation of information and resources. We extend special thanks to Secretary Johnny Key and the Arkansas Department of Education Office of Information Technology (OIT)  team for their expertise in the development and successful launch of the site." 

5/23/2019

Governor Hutchinson Announces 15 Secretaries of Newly Formed Transformation Cabinet

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced the names of the secretaries who will lead the 15 cabinets he created as part of his plan to transform state government.

Under Act 910 of 2019, the secretaries will assume leadership of the new cabinets on July 1. These new cabinets will replace the current 42 executive-level agencies.

“This is the culmination of two years of hard work that will make state government more efficient and allow agencies to be even more responsive to needs,” Governor Hutchinson said. “I have selected a diverse slate of secretaries whose cumulative years of experience are exactly what Arkansas needs as we grow our state and improve the quality of life for everyone.”

Of the 15 cabinet secretaries, seven are women. That represents the highest percentage (47%) of women in cabinet appointments in Arkansas history. This is the first reorganization of Arkansas state government in nearly 50 years.

The new secretaries, the cabinet each will lead, and links to their respective bios and headshots are below. To view the full list online, click HERE.

The official start date for all secretaries is July 1, 2019.

  • Secretary of the Department of Agriculture – Wes Ward
    Ward currently serves the state as the Secretary of the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD).
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Commerce – Michael Preston
    Preston currently serves the state as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). He will continue to serve in both capacities.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Corrections – Wendy Kelley
    Kelley currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC), soon to be known as the Division of Corrections. She will continue to serve in both capacities.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Education – Johnny Key
    Keogh currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), soon to be known as the Division of Environmental Quality. She will continue to serve in both capacities.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Energy and Environment – Becky W. Keogh
    Keogh currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), soon to be known as the Division of Environmental Quality. She will continue to serve in both capacities.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration – Larry W. Walther
    Walther currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA).
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Health – Dr. Nathaniel Smith
    Smith currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Human Services – Cindy Gillespie
    Gillespie currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS).
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Inspector General – Elizabeth Thomas Smith
    Smith currently serves the state as the Arkansas Medicaid Inspector General. She will continue to serve in both capacities.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Labor and Licensing – Daryl E. Bassett
    Bassett currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), soon to be known as the Division of Workforce Services.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of the Military – Major General Mark H. Berry
    General Berry is the Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism – Stacy Hurst
    Hurst currently serves the state as the Director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), soon to be known as the Division of Arkansas Heritage. She will continue to serve in both capacities.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Public Safety – Jami Cook
    Cook currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (ALETA), soon to be known as the Division of Law Enforcement Standards and Training. She will continue to serve in both capacities.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Transformation and Shared Services – Amy Fecher
    Fecher currently serves the state as the Chief Transformation Officer of the Governor’s Office of Transformation.
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.
  • Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs – Colonel (Ret.) Nathaniel (Nate) Todd
    Todd currently serves the state as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA).
    • Click HERE for Headshot.
    • Click HERE for Bio.

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3642)

5/15/2019

Arkansas Department of Education to host Education Summit from June 18-21, 2019 at Hot Springs, AR

LITTLE ROCK —The Arkansas Department of Education is excited to host a four-day conferencenext month that gives teachers, administrators, and other education representatives the opportunity tonetwork and grow professionally.

The ADE Summit, which will be held June 18-21 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, combinesseveral smaller conferences into one large, robust event. Combining conferences about computerscience, dyslexia, data, school health, and other topics into one conference promotes efficiency, whilegiving all educators and school personnel from around the state the opportunity to learn aboutnumerous areas of interest at one location.

“The ADE Summit is a premier opportunity for professional learning for school personnel," GovernorAsa Hutchinson said. "The Summit will provide the opportunity for educators to share theirexperiences, build partnerships, and improve student learning. I commend the Department ofEducation for its efforts to provide a comprehensive conference, and I encourage teachers, schooladministrators, and school personnel to attend."

“In order to lead the nation in student-focused education, we must provide quality professionaldevelopment that promotes student learning,” ADE Commissioner Johnny Key said. “Through thisSummit, educators and school personnel will have the opportunity to network, hear from nationally-recognized speakers, and learn about best practices. Designed as a one-stop shop for professionaldevelopment, the Summit provides something for everyone – from transportation and facility directorsand bookkeepers, to teachers and administrators. I encourage all school personnel to register toattend this exciting event."

Organized into categories, such as collaboration, instruction, leadership, and operations, the Summitwill include presentations about academic content areas and school operations. In addition tohighlighting local best practices, numerous keynote speakers will be featured. Among them are Dr.Luis Cruz, who presents on methods from Transforming School Culture by Anthony Muhammad; Dr.Philip Warrick, an author and consultant for High Reliability Schools; Salome Thomas-EL, a principaland best-selling author from Delaware; and Regina Stephens Owens, an internationally-recognizedpresenter who focuses on building a culture of connectivity and collaboration.

The cost to attend the multi-day event is only $50 a person. Upon registration, those scheduled toattend can browse the numerous conference workshops and build schedules that are personalized to best meet their needs. To learn more about the summit and to register, please visit http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/communications/ade-summit-2019.

10/3/2018

Governor Announces Transformation Plan To Cut Cabinet-Level Agencies from 42 to 15

First comprehensive reorganization effort in 50 years

LITTLE ROCK – At a news conference this afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson unveiled his plan to cut the number of cabinet-level agencies from 42 to 15. This is first comprehensive effort to trim state government since 1972.

“This long-overdue and comprehensive reorganization effort will realign agencies to reflect a more modern and efficient way to operate state government without cutting any services,” Governor Hutchinson said during his presentation at the Arkansas State Capitol on Wednesday. “This will result in improved delivery of services and will ultimately save the state money and the taxpayer time.”

“Additionally, as was the case in the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during my time as Undersecretary, all reorganization efforts will be implemented using existing resources and without adding any additional staff,” added Governor Hutchinson.

You can find the proposed reorganization chart (revised May 5, 2019) and guide HERE and HERE.