Beebe Appoints Two to State Board of Education

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Governor Mike Beebe today appointed Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock and Alice Mahony of El Dorado to the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Ledbetter, who is 52, graduated from UALR Bowen School of Law and has had his law license in the state for nearly 25 years.  He was in the Arkansas House of Representatives for six years.  In 2003, he helped develop the funding formula for state schools following the Arkansas Supreme Court's 2002 Lake View ruling.  He also co-chaired the Joint Budget Committee in 2005.

Mahony, 58, graduated from John Brown University with her bachelor's degree.  She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Harding.  Mahony co-founded the El Dorado Education Foundation, which began the Chair Programs (a program designed to build math, science and foreign-language skills).  The Foundation also provides grants to teachers with their own creative approaches to education.  She also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce and is on the El Dorado Promise Committee.

Ledbetter replaces MaryJane Rebick.  Mahony replaces Ted Knight.  Both appointments expire June 30, 2015.