Shane Broadway

Shane Broadway

“I am honored to say I will be a part of Little Rock’s “Dancing with ‘Our’ Stars” event benefitting the Children’s Tumor Foundation to end Neurofibromatosis, or NF.  I’ve learned through joining this event that a local family whose dad I have watched grow up is affected by this genetic disorder.  Will and countless others usually have no idea what the future will look like for them.  Will and his family make my involvement even more special this year.”

The Honorable Shane Broadway currently serves as the Vice-President for University Relations for the Arkansas State University System in Little Rock.

Broadway previously served as director for the Arkansas Department of Higher Education under Governor Mike Beebe and Governor Asa Hutchinson.  He joined ADHE in January 2011. Broadway was a member of the Governor’s cabinet as well as the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, an appointed group of state government leaders charged with creating 21st Century jobs and skilled workers.

Broadway served three terms as a State Representative Saline County, and two terms in the State Senate for Pulaski and Saline counties. He was elected Speaker of the House by his colleagues in 2001 becoming the youngest Speaker of the House in Arkansas history.

While serving in the General Assembly, Broadway was at the forefront of the legislature’s push to continue improving Arkansas’s educational system, serving on the education committee every term except when he was Speaker of the House.

He previously served as chairman of the 15-state Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) – which fosters intergovernmental cooperation among member states – and as chairman of the SLC’s Education Committee. Governor Beebe appointed Broadway to the advisory board of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in 2007.

An Arkansas State University alumnus, where he received the R.E. Lee Wilson Award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior at A-State. He also received the Distinguished Service Award and served as both President and Vice-President of the Student Government Association.

Broadway currently serves as the President of the Saline County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Chairman of the Political Animals Club of Little Rock, spokesperson for the Salt Bowl Committee, Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors, Charter Board member of the Bryant Athletic Hall of Honor, and the First Security Bank Saline County Advisory Board, among others.  In 2006 the Bethel Middle School Library and Media Center were named in his honor by the Bryant School Board and in 2012 he was inducted into Arkansas Boys State Hall of Fame, He and his wife Debbie are co-owners of Candles and Cream Collection in Bryant and were the recipients of the 2011 Hope Award by the MS Society of Arkansas for their involvement and support of finding a cure for MS, which Debbie was diagnosed with over twenty-five years ago.

Shane Broadway