Gov. Sanders appoints three to State Parks, Recreation, and Journey Fee


Gov. Sarah Sanders on Thursday (January 19) named Eric Jackson, Dr. Trey Berry and Rebecca Lentz appointed to the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission. The terms of office for the three appointments expire on January 14, 2029.

Jackson was reappointed to the commission, Berry will replace John Gill and Lentz will replace Skot Covert.

Jackson is Senior Vice President of Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and a member of the Board of Directors. He helped oversee the development of Oaklawn into one of America’s premier racing and gaming centers and Arkansas’ premier commercial tourism attraction, with annual visitor numbers in excess of 2.5 million. He also oversaw the construction of Oaklawn, worth over $100 million, and was 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 provost and vice president for academic affairs. Before joining SAU, he spent two years as associate director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, 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 SAU president in 2015.

Lentz is an avid outdoor enthusiast and Army veteran who is passionate about inspiring others to explore Arkansas and try new hobbies. One of the ways she does this is through her social media platforms, which showcase Arkansas’ world-class outdoor recreation and incredible natural beauty. A former foster child, Lentz is a mentor at the Mayfly Project, teaching foster children to fly fish.

“I am pleased to announce Eric Jackson, Dr. Trey Berry and Rebecca Lentz to the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission—three distinguished representatives from Arkansas who will continue to show the nation and the world the incredible natural beauty of the world’s world-class outdoor recreation and great economic success of our state ‘ Sanders said.