The Texas State Securities Board has appointed Benette Zivley to be the state’s securities commissioner.

Zivley has been director of the board’s inspections and compliance division since 2003. He will succeed Denise Voigt Crawford, who is retiring Feb. 28 after 17 years as securities commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner John Morgan is retiring at the same time, officials say.

Zivley received a law degree from Texas Southern University in Houston in 1999. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University in 1990.

- Trevor Thomas