LITTLE ROCK – Patty Shipp is the new administrator of the Governor’s Mansion and will start the job on Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today.
“Patty’s experience as a business owner perfectly prepared her for her role as the Mansion’s financial officer and now as Mansion Administrator,” Governor Hutchinson said. “After three years at the Mansion, she knows how things run. I am pleased she has agreed to accept the position.”
Mrs. Shipp replaces Don Bingham, who retired in the spring after serving as mansion administrator since the start of Governor Hutchinson’s term in January 2015. She has served as interim administrator since Mr. Bingham’s departure. For the three years prior to that, she has served as the Mansion’s financial officer.
“Patty Shipp has been an invaluable member of the Mansion staff these past three years,” First Lady Susan Hutchinson said. “As office manager in the interim, she has demonstrated her skills as a former business owner to be most effective. She is a natural manager and a natural fit for this position.”
Mrs. Shipp and her husband, Kenny, are lifelong residents of Conway County, where they owned a small business for 35 years.
“I am honored to continue to serve the people of Arkansas and am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the wonderful team in place at the Governor’s Mansion,” Mrs. Shipp said.
Mrs. Shipp graduated from Central Baptist College with a degree in Organizational Management. In 2014, Mrs. Shipp served as executive assistant for Shelley Mehl, Vice President of Advancement at the University of Central Arkansas.
Mrs. Shipp volunteers with the South Conway County Public School Foundation and Conway County School Counts. She is president of the Saint Vincent Morrilton governing board and sits on the Saint Vincent System Board in Little Rock. She and her husband serve as lay pastors at New Life Church in Conway, where Mrs. Shipp volunteers on the Production Team.