Lottery Commission member resigns

LITTLE ROCK — Ben Pickard of Searcy has resigned from the state Lottery Commission to take a position on the state Higher Education Coordinating Board, the commission said Thursday.

Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Pickard to be among the commission’s original nine members in April 2009. He served as chairman from May 2012 through May 2013.

Pickard retired in 2008 after 28 years as vice chancellor of student services at Arkansas State University-Beebe. He currently serves as chairman of the Arkansas Student Loan Authority.