UA System forms search committee for next chancellor in Fayetteville

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The University of Arkansas System announced Friday (Feb. 4) a search committee to assist in finding the next chancellor at the UA campus Fayetteville.

Charles Robinson, provost and executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the UA, has been interim chancellor for the state’s flagship university since Aug. 16. Bill Kincaid had served as acting chancellor after former chancellor Joe Steinmetz resigned on June 18.

The committee includes faculty, staff and UA supporters. The group will advise UA System President Donald Bobbitt as he considers candidates.

Bobbitt will ultimately recommend a candidate to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas for final approval.

The committee includes:

Kim Needy, Ph.D., Committee Chair, Dean of the College of Engineering

Paul Adams, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Alena Allen, J.D., Interim Dean, School of Law

Lowry Barnes, M.D., Professor and Chair, UAMS Department of Orthopaedics

Chuck Culver, J.D., Interim Vice President for Agriculture

Ross DeVol, President and CEO, Heartland Forward

Clayton Hamilton, Chief Financial Officer, Department of Athletics

Melissa Harwood-Rom, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Bill Kincaid, J.D., Managing Associate General Counsel

Jisun Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Interior Design

Alan Mantooth, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering

Suzanne McCray, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

Debbie McLoud, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Katy Nelson-Ginder, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development

Sheffield Nelson, J.D., UA Board of Trustees

Molly Rapert, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing

Mary Savin, Ph.D., Chair, Faculty Senate

Donald Walker, President-Elect, Arkansas Alumni Association

Trish Watkins, Chair, Staff Senate

Ex officio members:

Donald R. Bobbitt, Ph.D., UA System President

Ben Beaumont, UA System staff

“While the U of A continues to excel under Dr. Robinson’s leadership, it is time to take the necessary steps to begin a national search to ensure the university is on solid footing to move into the future behind a permanent leader,” Bobbitt said in a statement. “I’m confident that this search will produce world-class talent and that the right person will emerge in the end to best serve the campus, community and all stakeholders involved in making our flagship institution the best it can be.”

According to Friday’s news release, the committee will begin its work in the coming weeks to advertise the position. A search webpage hosted by the university will also be developed. More information will be available soon after the committee’s initial meetings.

“I am grateful to each of these busy individuals for agreeing to take part in our search process,” Bobbitt said in the release. “While these committee members will bring an array of voices to the search, we will also have a phase later in the process where all members of the campus community, including students, can provide feedback regarding candidates. I am looking forward to working with everyone at the university to find the very best person to lead the institution for years to come.”