Appointments announced today by Gov. Asa Hutchinson
include that of Tommy Boyer
of Fayetteville to a 10-year term on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees
, succeeding Reynie Rutledge
of Searcy, whose term expired.
Boyer is a former Razorback basketball star
(1964 graduate) who was an Eastman Kodak executive and then founded Micro Images, a document imaging system, in Amarillo, Texas. He also had a home in Fayetteville and became deeply involved in UA work as a fund-raiser and philanthropist.
Hutchinson today also filled vacancies in three judgeships, including naming Hugh Finkelstein
, who's chief deputy prosecutor in Conway, to the Little Rock district judgeship from which Alice Lightle
recently resigned to move to Colorado. He'll serve until a replacement is elected in 2018. Finkelstein had worked previously in Little Rock, where he lives.
Such appointments can be valuable in seeking election to other judgeships though appointees can't seek the seat to which they were appointed. As many as six circuit judges in Pulaski County might be on the ballot in the next few years, for example.
Hutchinson also named Johnnie Copeland
of Mountain Home as district judge in Fulton County, Salem department.
She replaces Jim Short. And he named Greg Vardama
n of Arkadelphia as a circuit judge in the Ninth District, succeeding Judge Robert McCallum.