Governor appoints Dr. Berry to Parks, Recreation and Journey Fee | Native Information


dr Trey Berry, President of Southern Arkansas University, has been appointed to the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission.

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders also named Eric Jackson and Rebecca Lentz to the commission.

Jackson was reappointed. Berry will replace John Gill and Lentz will replace Skot Covert.

“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. “I am ready to unlock our state’s potential to become a national leader in tourism and outdoor recreation, and to work with these talented individuals to attract visitors and businesses from across the nation to the great state of Arkansas.”

dr 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. 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 president in 2015, and the focus of his presidency has been to focus on people, planning, programs and philanthropy, all of which have been demonstrated during his tenure. During this time, the SAU launched and successfully completed its most ambitious and comprehensive fundraising initiative in its history. From 2016 to October 2021, the Love & Loyalty campaign raised $29.7 million, far exceeding its goal of raising $22.275 million.

President Berry earned both his MA and Ph.D. in history from the University of Mississippi and earned his BA in history with minors in political science and biology from Ouachita Baptist University.

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. Jackson also oversaw the construction of Oaklawn, worth over $100 million, and was awarded international historic racing/instant racing patents.

Baker, also known as Lady Angler Lentz, is an avid outdoorsman who is passionate about motivating 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, Rebecca is a mentor at the Mayfly Project, teaching foster children to fly fish.