Jim F. Andrews Jr. will be the new deputy director and general counsel for the state Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Stacy Hurst, director of the agency, said Andrews will replace Rebecca Burkes, who will be moving to northwest Arkansas at the end of the year.
Andrews will take over the position beginning in January.
Andrews is from El Dorado, Arkansas, and served as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Deltic Timber Corporation from 2010 to 2018 and was corporate attorney and assistant secretary for the company from 2001 to 2010.
He worked briefly this fall as counsel for the El Dorado office of the Little Rock law firm of PPGMR.
Prior to his work for Deltic Timber, he worked for Avantech Autotmation, Inc., FMC Corporation and AFCO Metals, Inc.
Andrews has an undergraduate degree from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, an MBA from Baylor University in Waco, and a JD from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
He served 12 years in the United States Naval Reserve and received an honorable discharge as lieutenant commander in 2006. His community service includes serving on the Southern Arkansas University Rankin College of Business Advisory Council since 2017 and on the DeSoto Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board from 2001 to 2007.
He currently serves as a commissioner on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and will complete his four-year term in 2022.
“I am very happy to bring Jim on board to help lead and manage DAH,” said Hurst. “His skill as a business leader and in managing people will be a valuable asset to us. Our department and the work that we do across all corners of the state will benefit greatly from his experience and ability.”