Governor Appoints Osceola Attorney To ASU Board of Trustees

January 29, 2004 - Posted at 2:15 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Governor Mike Huckabee announced today that he has appointed Mike Gibson of Osceola to Arkansas State University's Board of Trustees.

"We at ASU are grateful that Mike Gibson has accepted the appointment to the Board of Trustees of Arkansas State University.  He is certainly well-known to us and highly respected.  He will be a great advocate for the university's interests in the years ahead.  Mike Gibson has been well received by the current trustees, who look forward to working with him," said ASU President Dr. Les Wyatt.

Gibson replaces former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison. Wyatt added, "We regret that Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt's term on the Board will end with this appointment, but we express our gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Hammerschmidt for his effective work as a trustee for Arkansas State University."

Gibson's involvement with ASU goes back to his days as a student when he served as president of the Student Government Association.  Most recently, he served as chairman of the board of the Arkansas State University Foundation, Inc.

He and his wife, the former Marsha Nolan of Forrest City, graduated from ASU in 1968.  They are the parents of two married daughters.

In addition to his career as an attorney and Osceola District Court judge in Mississippi County, Gibson serves as trustee of the Judd Hill Foundation, a charitable foundation which owns and operates a 4,000-acre farm in Poinsett County.  The foundation has supported ASU in many ways, especially through the establishment of the Judd Hill Chair of Environmental Biology.

Gibson was recognized by the ASU Alumni Foundation in 1997 as a Distinguished Alumnus.

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