Beebe names Rutledge, Burns to UA, State Police posts


LITTLE ROCK — John “Reynie” Rutledge, chairman and CEO of First Security Bank, was named to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees on Friday by Gov. Mike Beebe.

Rutledge, of Searcy, replaces John Tyson, who resigned from the board last month. Rutledge’s term on the board is to expire March 1, 2017.

Rutledge, 63, earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and currently serves on both the Walton College Executive Advisory Board and the UAMS Foundation Board.

Also Friday, the governor appointed Bob Burns of Little Rock to the Arkansas State Police Commission.

Burns, chairman and CEO of Magnolia-based Farmer’s Bank and Trust, replaces Steve Smith. Burns’ term on the board is to expire Jan. 14, 2020.

Burns is president of the Arkansas State Police Foundation. He served 23 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of colonel. He previously served on the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is a graduate of both Henderson State University and the University of Arkansas.