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LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Mrs. Graycen Bigger, Dr. Jerry Cash and Dr. Kyle Miller to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Mrs. Graycen Bigger of Pocahontas was appointed to the Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2021 and is serving a term that will expire in 2025. Bigger is the Assistant Vice President of Community Development for Farmers and Merchants Bank as well as the Executive Director of the Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority, a regional economic development alliance based in Pocahontas. She holds a MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York as well as bachelor degrees in the history of art and photojournalism from Arkansas State University. She is a White Riley Peterson Fellow and currently serves on Black River Technical College’s Foundation Board of Directors. Bigger was named one of Astate’s Emerging Alumni in 2020 and enjoys attending alumni and sporting events.
Dr. Jerry Cash of Harrison was appointed to the Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2021 and is serving a term that will expire in 2026. Dr. Cash earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Ouachita Baptist University, an M.S.E in Guidance and Counseling from Arkansas State University, an Ed.S. in Psychological Diagnostics from ASU and an Ed.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Dr. Cash previously worked at North Arkansas College for 31 years in various positions including Director of Counseling Services, Admissions Counselor, Dean of Students, and Vice-President of Educational Services. Dr. Cash served on the NAC Board of Trustees for six years.
Dr. Kyle Miller of Helena was appointed to the Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2021 and is serving a term that will expire in 2024. A native of Helena, Arkansas, Dr. Miller attended the University of Central Arkansas on a vocal music scholarship, later graduating with a BA in Mass Communications. Miller received a Master of Science Degree in Radio-TV from ASU and his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi. After spending several years in the television news business, Dr. Miller worked part-time at the Delta Cultural Center as the Assistant Public Information Officer. He then became the Afterschool Program Director for Helena West Helena Schools and later became Executive Director of Phillips Community College’s student support program, GEAR UP, and the University of Arkansas Little Rock’s Children International. Dr. Miller is currently the Director of the Delta Cultural Center in Helena.
The mission of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education is to advocate for higher education, to promote a coordinated system of higher education in the state, and to assist each of the publicly and locally supported institutions of higher education in the state in improving the delivery of higher education services to the citizens of Arkansas.