Little Rock voters made history Dec. 4, 2018, when they selected Frank Scott Jr. the city’s 73rd mayor and first elected African American to hold the office.
A product of southwest Little Rock, Scott was educated in the publicschool system and graduated from Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis, the first in his family to earn a post-secondary degree. He’d later add an MBA from the UA Little Rock with a concentration in finance.
Scott began his public-service career under Gov. Mike Beebe where he served for five years, first as deputy policy director and then as director of intergovernmental affairs. During his tenure, he contributed to balancing the state budget, expanding economic development and job creation, enacting the largest tax cut in state history – the phase-out of the grocery tax – and supporting Arkansas public education to reach its all-time highest national ranking.
Other public service positions include roles at the city and state level including the Port Authority of Little Rock Board of Directors, Arkansas Highway Commission, UA-Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.
During his career, he also honed his business chops as distribution operations manager for Target’s central Arkansas distribution center and as a community banker and executive with First Security Bank.