Governor Sarah Sanders on Thursday (Jan. 19) appointed Eric Jackson, Dr. Trey Berry and Rebecca Lentz at the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission. The terms for the three appointments expire on January 14, 2029.
Jackson was reappointed to the commission, Berry will replace John Gill and Lentz will replace Scott Covert.
Jackson is senior vice president at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and serves on the Board of Directors. He helped oversee the development of Oaklawn as one of America’s premier racing and gaming centers, as well as Arkansas’ leading commercial tourism attraction, with annual attendance of over 2.5 million. He also oversaw over $100 million in construction at Oaklawn and has been awarded international historic racing/instant racing patents.
Berry is the 12th president of Southern Arkansas University. President Berry joined SAU in 2011 as professor of history and dean of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts. A year later, he was promoted to the post of provost and vice president for academic affairs. Before coming to SAU, he spent two years as deputy director of the Arkansas Heritage Department, two years as dean at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and 18 years as a faculty member and administrator at Ouachita Baptist University. Berry became president of SAU in 2015.
Lentz is an avid outdoorsman and Army veteran who is passionate about motivating others to explore Arkansas and try new hobbies. One way she does this is through her social media platforms that showcase Arkansas’ world-class outdoor recreation and outstanding natural beauty. As a former foster child, Lentz is a mentor with the Mayfly Project and teaches foster children how to fly fish.
“I am excited to appoint Eric Jackson, Dr. Trey Berry and Rebecca Lentz at the Arkansas State Recreation and Travel Commission – three great representatives of Arkansas who will continue to show the nation and the world the incredible natural beauty, the world. – outdoor recreation and great economic success for our state,” Sanders said.