The appointment of Mountain Home Public School's Superintendent Dr. Jake Long to the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home board of visitors was approved Friday. The action came during a meeting of the ASU board of trustees on the Mountain Home campus.
The board of visitors serves as an external advisory body to Dr. Robin Myers, chancellor of ASUMH. According to the local college's website, members of the board have attained prominence in their field and are chosen because of their value in providing sound advice and counsel.
In other action during the meeting in Mountain Home, the board voted to repeal the ASU System Freedom of Expression Policy and begin immediate compliance with a new state law. On Feb. 20th, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law Act 184 of 2019 mandating certain changes be made to all Arkansas higher education free speech policies. This includes allowing speech in all outdoor areas of campus by members of the campus community.
ASU System President Chuck Welch told the board the law requires changes to be made to current freedom of expression policies on ASU System campuses and other institutions of higher education in Arkansas.
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