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(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has voted to lift the interim tag from its department director’s title.

The board voted via teleconference on Monday to name Shane Broadway to the post. Broadway is a former state legislator from Saline County and has been interim Higher Education Department director since February 2011.

Broadway told The Associated Press on Monday that the only change will be to his title and that work will continue as before on various projects that are being developed.

The board approved an annual salary of $166,464 for Broadway.

Twenty applicants sought the position and the board picked two finalists. Broadway won the position when the other finalist withdrew.

Previous director Jim Purcell left in early 2011 to take a similar post in Louisiana.

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