Governor Appoints Secretary of Veterans Affairs to University of Arkansas Board of Trustees – SWARK Today


LITTLE ROCK — Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Col. (US Army, Retired) Nathaniel “Nate” Todd, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.
Colonel Todd is a 37-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserve, where his roles included Director of Health Financial Policy for the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Chief Financial Officer of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Colonel Todd replaces Dr Stephen Broughton, whose 10-year term expired in March. Colonel Todd’s term will expire in March 2032.

“Nate Todd has dedicated his entire life to service to the United States, beginning at Pine Bluff High School where he was a member of the Junior Air Force ROTC,” Governor Hutchinson said. “His appointment as a trustee of the University of Arkansas is a natural extension of his career caring for his state and his nation. Colonel Todd is a quiet man whose compassion and faith drive everything he does. I am grateful to him for agreeing to serve. His wisdom and kindness are essential at this time in the history of the University of Arkansas.

Col. Todd was chief financial officer of the Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System in February 2017 when Governor Hutchinson appointed him director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2019, Governor Hutchinson appointed Colonel Todd as the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs’ first cabinet secretary after the General Assembly passed the Governor’s Government Transformation Initiative.

“I give glory to God for his boundless blessings,” Colonel Todd said. “I am honored and deeply grateful to Governor Hutchinson for his trust in me, grateful for the endless support of my family, and grateful to the community of Pine Bluff and its educators who have inspired me to learn throughout life. I look forward to serving with the other trustees and learning from them and from Dr. Bobbitt, as we build on the work of those who have gone before us. I am honored to have the opportunity to share my life experiences and join other leaders as we serve the University of Arkansas system to continue its journey to even greater heights in support of students. and Arkansas teachers.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from the University of Houston, Houston Texas; a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Baylor University; and a CFO Leadership Certification from National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the CFO Leadership Program from National Defense University in Washington D.C., a National Security Management Fellow of Syracuse University and a graduate of the Executive Medical Leadership Course at George Washington University in Washington

Colonel Todd’s military postings took him to Fort Bliss and William Belmont Medical Center in El Paso, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Falls Church, Virginia; Bethesda, Maryland; and internationally in Seoul, South Korea, and Bremerhaven, Germany.

Col. Todd has served as lay leader of the parish council in several military faith communities, chairman of the board of trustees of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Lawton-Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and studied stewardship at the National Baptist Education Congress Christian of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. He is also a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


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