Arkansas Lottery Chief Bishop Woosley to Resign

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Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, has submitted his resignation, effective Aug. 3.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. Michael Helms, chief counsel for lottery, will serve as interim director during the search for a new, permanent director.

“Since the lottery launched in Arkansas in 2009, Bishop has played a critical role in its success, overseeing a record amount of scholarships for Arkansas students,” said DFA Secretary Larry Walther. “I appreciate his leadership and wish him all the best as he moves forward in his career.”

Woosley joined the lottery in 2009 as chief legal counsel. He was named director in 2012 following the departure of the lottery’s first director Ernie Passailaigue. His salary is $173,382.77.

Woosley is a Stuttgart native and a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.