LITTLE ROCK - Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today announced that Scott Henderson will step down as the agency’s director Sept. 1. Henderson has been the agency director since 2003. He has worked for the AGFC since 1972.
Beginning Sept. 1, current Deputy Director Loren Hitchcock will serve as the interim director. Hitchcock will serve in that capacity while a search both national and intra-agency is completed for a permanent director.
Henderson will take over as the AGFC’s Commission Special Liaison. He will work on major projects and assignments as requested by the Commission and Interim Director Hitchcock.
Commission Chairman Craig Campbell, speaking on behalf of all of his colleagues, asked Henderson to reconsider his decision to change hats, but respected his decision. “Each and every matter that we’re asking you to take the lead on is a legacy project in and of itself,” Campbell said. “Together, they will represent a fitting crown on top of an already long list of lifetime achievements,” he added.
Campbell also recognized that the most valuable resource in the Commission’s portfolio is the team of talented and experienced folks that have worked so well under the current leadership. “The transition plan we have outlined offers the smoothest and most constructive path to a successful future for the agency and its employees. The entire Commission is dedicated to that purpose,” Campbell stated.
Commission Vice Chairman George Dunklin Jr. called Henderson a true gentleman who did an amazing job of managing the agency over the last eight years. “Being the director of the AGFC is a very complex and difficult job, but Scott was able to balance the everyday challenges with grace and dignity. Whoever is the next director will have some mighty big shoes to fill,” Dunklin said.
The Commission has unanimously affirmed its full faith and confidence in the agency’s entire leadership team. The AGFC’s remarkably talented and dedicated staff has been instrumental in the development of the agency’s strategic plan, embracing the challenges and opportunities of the department’s almost 100 years of service to the stakeholders and resources of The Natural State. The AGFC will continue its good work under the new leadership.