The University of Central Arkansas announced the appointment of former Arkansas House of Representatives Speaker Jeremy Gillam as UCA’s director of governmental affairs and external relations. Gillam began June 16.
Gillam, who was completing his second term as speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, officially resigned his speaker’s role and House of Representatives seat June 15. Gillam represented District 45 in the Arkansas House, which encompasses part of White County. UCA’s Chief of Staff Kelley Erstine ’79, who also has been responsible for similar legislative and external duties, will continue to assist Gillam on occasion.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of another leadership team that strives to improve the lives of Arkansans,” said Gillam. “The University of Central Arkansas has a forward-thinking vision for higher education. I look forward to working with President Houston Davis and the UCA team on their proactive approach.”
Gillam was first elected to the House in 2010. In January 2015, he became speaker and was completing his second term, becoming only the fifth person in Arkansas history to serve more than one term as speaker. In addition to his duties as speaker, he served on the House Judiciary Committee and House City, County and Local Affairs Committee.
“The hiring of Gillam is an important addition to our leadership team as we seek to advance our university and its mission,” said UCA President Houston Davis. “Speaker Gillam brings a knowledge and understanding of critical issues and relationships within Arkansas that will ensure UCA is an active leader in advancing our state.”
Gillam attended Arkansas State University-Beebe and received degrees in criminology and psychology from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He and his wife, Carissa, have two sons, Jaxon and Alexander.