Procurement Services welcomes new director

Debbie Hankins has joined UALR as the new director of the Office of Procurement Services, replacing David Lochala. Debbie is a native of Mississippi and earned her bachelor of business administration degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Debbie has worked in both the private and public sector during her career. Her public sector experience includes serving the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration in the state’s Central Procurement Office, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office, and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.

During her public sector career, she has been an active participant in the National Institution of Governmental Purchasing and an active participant in one of their local chapters serving in leadership roles for the chapter and as a lobbyist to the state legislature.

Debbie’s first day on campus was April 18 and she can be reached at 501.569.3137 or dshankins@ualr.edu.

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