Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Jason Penry is leaving Arkansas State University, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced on Friday (Aug. 23).
Penry is resigning after seven years with ASU to take a position at another institution, which will announce his appointment at a later date.
“Jason told me last week about an opportunity that he has been exploring. He has been a passionate supporter of Arkansas State University and a key player in the leadership of the university,” Damphousse said. “I want to thank him for his service and the impact he has had on both A-State and Northeast Arkansas.”
Joining ASU in 2012 as chief of staff, Penry was appointed vice chancellor in 2013. Under his leadership, ASU has recorded six of its seven all-time best years of giving, including the largest single gift to date, the $10 million plus naming of the Neil Griffin College of Business.
He also helped land the osteopathic medical school, the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is located in Wilson Hall.
Damphousse has named Erika Krennerich Chudy as the interim vice chancellor for University Advancement. Chudy has served as the director of planned giving since joining ASU in 2011.
“I have great faith in Erika’s leadership during this time of transition. We will begin a national search for a new leader for our advancement division as soon as possible,” Damphousse said. “Jason has built great relationships for A-State and a solid foundation for the right individual to join our team and move us forward.”