Beebe names alum director for Ark. Department of Heritage
UALR and William H. Bowen School of Law alumna Martha Miller will serve as the new director for the Little Rock-based Arkansas Department of Heritage, Gov. Mike Beebe announced Jan. 4.
Miller, 60, will replace former ADH Director Cathie Matthews, who held the position for 15 years before retiring late last year. In addition to being a self-employed attorney, lobbyist and board member for the Little Rock Interfaith Hospitality Network and Audubon Arkansas, the state office of the National Audubon Society, she previously served as deputy director for the Department of Arkansas Heritage Museums.
“Martha is a lifelong Arkansan who has strong experience within the department and with state government,” Beebe said in press release. “Promoting her from her position as deputy director was an easy and sensible decision in light of Cathie Matthews’ retirement.”
The Department of Heritage was established in 1975 and consists of seven divisions: four museums and three heritage resource agencies. The governmental organization has overseen many of the state’s artistic and cultural institutions, including the Arkansas Arts Council, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum. According to its website, the department’s mission is “to identify Arkansas’ heritage and enhance the quality of life by the discovery, preservation, and presentation of the state’s cultural, historic and natural resources.”
Her father, John Miller, was also a well-known presence on Arkansas’s political stage, serving as a “long-time leader of the state House of Representatives,” according to the Arkansas Times. Miller was once married to Morril Harriman, Beebe’s chief of staff.