LITTLE ROCK — A southern Arkansas man is the newest member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

Gov. Mike Beebe named Charles "Cliff" Gibson III of Monticello to the UA board Wednesday.

"Cliff’s appointment helps ensure a dependable voice on the board for the U of A campuses in South Arkansas," Beebe said in a statement announced the appointment. "His sound judgment and calm demeanor will serve the entire system of schools well in the coming years."

Gibson, 58, established his own law firm in Monticello in 1981, has served as Drew County’s attorney for the past 12 years and was president of the Monticello Economic Development Commission.

He attended the UA-Monticello and earned his Juris Doctorate degree at the UALR Bowen School of Law while serving on the editorial board of the UALR Law Journal.

Previously, Beebe has appointed Gibson multiple times as a special justice to the state Supreme Court.

He replaces Mike Akin of Monticello on the UA board. His term expires March 1, 2023.