Committee searching for Ark. higher ed director

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The deadline has passed, but a search committee looking for a director for the state Department of Higher Education says people can still submit resumes.

Thirteen people had applied for the position by Wednesdays' deadline, and one withdrew. Higher Education Coordinating Board member Kaneaster Hodges told his colleagues Friday the committee is willing to look at those who are still interested in the position.

The director is paid $192,775 annually and serves at the pleasure of the governor.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reports that Hodges there are impediments for potential applicants, including the state-mandated salary - which the board considers too low - and a new governor in 2015.

Jim Purcell resigned as director in February 2011 to lead Louisiana's higher education system. Shane Broadway has served as interim director.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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