by Max Brantley
From Gov. Mike Beebe's office:
Governor Mike Beebe has named Dr. Nathaniel Smith as Director and State Health Officer for the Arkansas Department of Health. Smith has been serving as Interim Director the past three months following the departure of Dr. Paul Halverson.
"Nate has proven himself to be a steady, knowledgeable leader of this large and vital state agency," Governor Mike Beebe said. "I'm confident he'll continue to guide our state through the many important health issues that we face."
Smith began working for the Arkansas Department of Health in 2004. A specialist in infectious diseases, he has served previously as State Epidemiologist and as Deputy Director for Health Programs.