Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Todd Shields has been appointed to the Arkansas Research Alliance Board of Trustees.
As chancellor of a research university, Shields joins fellow chancellors Dr. Laurence Alexander (UAPB), Dr. Christine Drale (UA Little Rock), Dr. Cam Patterson (UAMS) and Dr. Charles Robinson (University of Arkansas) on an active board that also is composed of some of the state’s top corporate executives.
“Dr. Shields brings energy and vision to A-State’s research efforts,” said Bryan Barnhouse, President and CEO of ARA. “His experience will help guide the growth and impact of research so it benefits industry and expands the knowledge economy in Northeast Arkansas and across the state.”
Shields began his academic career in 1994 as a professor at the University of Arkansas. He later served as dean of the Graduate School and International Education (GSIE), and he played a pivotal role in the creation of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society. He joined the Fulbright Institute as its associate director in 2000.
“I’m proud to be among these passionate voices for research,” said Shields. “Science and discovery are essential to the future of Arkansas State, and I look forward to championing the benefits of research to our state and nation.”