Arkansas House of Representative Speaker Jeremy Gillam will resign his role on June 15 to take on his new position at the University of Central Arkansas.

Gillam, who is completing his second term as speaker, will serve as UCA’s director of governmental affairs and external relations starting June 16.

UCA President Houston Davis made the announcement Wednesday.

“The hiring of Gillam is an important addition to our leadership team as we seek to advance our university and its mission,” he said in a news release. “Speaker Gillam brings a knowledge and understanding of critical issues and relationships within Arkansas that will ensure UCA is an active leader in advancing our state.”

In his current job, Gillam represents District 45, which includes part of White County.

According to the news release, UCA’s Chief of Staff, Kelley Erstine, who has been responsible for similar legislative and external duties, will assist the new UCA employee from time to time.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of another leadership team that strives to improve the lives of Arkansans,” Gillam said in the release.

He continued and said that UCA has “forward-thinking vision” for the campus and higher education and looks forward to working with Davis and the university team on their “proactive approach.”

Gillam is a graduate of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, where he received degrees in both criminology and psychology.

He is married to Carissa, and together, have two sons, Jaxon and Alexander.