Commission Team Members

Continuing the legacy
Honorable Governor Asa Hutchinson

Honorable Governor Asa Hutchinson

(501) 682-2345


Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the State of Arkansas. In 2018, he was re-elected with 65% of the vote, having received more votes than any other candidate for governor in the state's history. He has won recognition for the state as a leader in computer science education, cut taxes by $150 million, and signed a law that exempts the retirement pay of veterans from state income tax.
Under his economic development policies, over 100,000 more people are working in Arkansas than when he took office, and he has signed incentive agreements with nearly 450 companies that were expanding or opening in the state.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Governor Hutchinson as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. In 1996, he won the first of three successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his third term in Congress, President George W. Bush appointed him director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and later as an undersecretary in the newly created Department of Homeland Security. His experience has established him as a national resource for his expertise on trade, energy, national security, and education. The governor has been invited to the White House several times to join discussions about health care, Medicaid, and education issues. The Governor is the co-chair of the Council of Governors and the former chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Governor Hutchinson grew up on a small farm in Gravette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas law school. He and his wife, Susan, have been married 46 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.


Johnny Key,  Secretary of Education

Johnny Key, Secretary of Education

(501) 682-4203


On May 22, 2019 – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Johnny Key as the Secretary of the Department of Education as part of his plan to transform state government. Key currently serves the state as the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), soon to be known as the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. He will continue to serve in both capacities.

On March 25, 2015, Johnny Key was approved by the State Board of Education to be the chief school officer of the Arkansas Department of Education. Governor Asa Hutchinson recommended Key for the position of commissioner.

Under Key’s leadership, the agency has concentrated on student-focused education. The mission is to provide leadership, support, and service to schools, districts, and communities so that every graduate is prepared for college, career, and community engagement. Before being named commissioner, Key served as associate vice president for university relations at the University of Arkansas System, a position he held since August 2014.


Key began his career in public service in 1997 when he was elected to serve as a justice of the peace on the Baxter County Quorum Court. He was elected to three two-year terms in the House of Representatives, followed by a tenure in the state Senate that began in 2008. While in the Senate, Key served as chair of Senate Education Committee; Arkansas Legislative Council Administrative Rules and Regulations Committee; Joint Retirement and Social Security Committee; and Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee. He served as vice chair of the Joint Budget Committee; Arkansas Legislative Council Policy Making Committee; Academic Facilities Oversight Committee; and Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs.


Key graduated from Gurdon High School and received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering in 1991 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has received many awards, including the 2013 Legislative Pacesetter of the Year by the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Arkansas State University at Jonesboro; 2012 Invest in Life Award from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas; the 2011 Guy Newcomb Award from the Arkansas Pharmacists Association; and the 2010 Person of the Year by Arkansas Phi Beta Lambda.


Key and his wife, Shannon, live in Little Rock and have one son, Ryan, and one daughter, Rachel.



DuShun Scarbrough, B.A., MBA, Juris Doctorate

DuShun Scarbrough, B.A., MBA, Juris Doctorate

(501) 683-1300


Mr. DuShun L. Scarbrough, Sr. is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, who was educated in the Little Rock School District. At the young age of fifteen, Mr. Scarbrough began his community involvement in a youth speak-out conference entitled “Death of a Race”. Thereafter, he continued his zealous quest by participating in youth seminars and preventive programs. Reared by his grandmother and aunts, it was instilled in him that he could achieve anything, if he kept God first. After graduating from high school he went on to acquire a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Philander Smith College. During his studies at Philander Smith College, he was a recipient of the JTPA Scholarship. Eager to acquire an astute blend of practical and theoretical skills, Mr. Scarbrough left Little Rock in 1999 to further his edification, desiring to one day return to Little Rock and continue serving his community.


Mr. Scarbrough currently holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Webster University in Orlando, Florida, a Master of Counselor Education Degree from Florida A&M University, has completed Kingian Nonviolence Certification in Practice, Teaching and Education from The King Center in Atlanta, GA and he has completed his certification from the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program in their “Driving Government Performance” course and Leaders of the 2lst Century. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

As the Executive Director of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Mr. Scarbrough’s goal is to cooperatively strive to keep Commissioners informed of staff progress and community unification, in accordance with the views of the Governor of the state of Arkansas. Mr. Scarbrough believes in the organization’s mission and vision of promoting racial harmony, multicultural diversity, and social justice for the improvement and equality of all Arkansans. During his tenure, he has brought revitalization to the Commission. Believing in fiscal responsibility, Mr. Scarbrough has raised close to one million dollars since taking office in March 2008, helping expand and fund his agency’s outreach capacity, thus easing the cost to the taxpayers of the State of Arkansas. In addition, Arkansans had the opportunity to witness history twice as the King Commission sponsored bus trips to Washington, D. C. to witness the inauguration of our forty-fourth President, Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and sponsored its own inaugural ball for attendees. He has also enriched the programming department of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission by providing establishing groundbreaking programs and initiatives for youth across the state of Arkansas.


Commissioners

Gerald Canada

Little Rock, Second Congressional District

Sergeant Carmen Helton

North Little Rock, Second Congressional District

Reverend Charles Killion

McGehee, First Congressional District

Paul Davis

Fort Smith, Fourth Congressional District

Elizabeth Johnson

Marianna, First Congressional District

Andy Montgomery

Batesville, First Congressional District

Dr. Kermit Parks

El Dorado, Fourth Congressional District

Reverend Patrick Gulley

Prescott, Third Congressional District

Derek Scott

Fayetville, Third Congressional District

Chairwoman Sharon Ingram

North Little Rock, Central Region, Second Congressional District

Nicole Smith

El Dorado, Fourth Congressional District

Dewitt Smith, III

Bella Vista, Third Congressional District

Laveta Wills-Hale

Little Rock, Second Congressional District