Rance Bryant of Conway, director of the Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center, has been appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Fitness.

Bryant’s appointment became effective August 1. Members of the council do not have a set term and serve at the discretion of the governor.

"This appointment is indicative of the leadership that Rance has shown in encouraging health and fitness programs, not just at Conway Regional, but for the entire Conway community and region," said Alan Finley, chief operating officer with Conway Regional Health System. "We are confident he will do a great job on behalf of Conway Regional and the community."

The mission of the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Fitness is to encourage health and wellness for all individuals in Arkansas by promoting healthy lifestyles through increased levels of physical activity.

"I’m honored and thankful for this opportunity to help promote healthier lifestyles to people throughout Arkansas," said Bryant.

Bryant has worked as director of the Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center for the past four years and is a graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute. The center is the largest hospital-owned health and fitness center in the state with more than 7,500 members annually.

Previously, Bryant was director of the fitness center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.