Jacobs named interim chancellor of ATU-Ozark

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Dr. Sheila Jacobs will be the interim chancellor at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus beginning July 1. She steps in as the university searches for the next campus chancellor after the announced retirement of Bruce Sikes who has been chancellor for 10 years.

According to an ATU press release, Jacobs took office as chief academic officer at ATU-Ozark Campus in 2019 and helped lead accreditation of the registered nursing program and re-accreditation of the collision repair technology, automotive service technology, human services, cardiac sonography and emergency medical technician/paramedic programs at ATU-Ozark.

Jacobs is guiding the Ready for Life K-12 career coaching pilot program overseen by ATU-Ozark and serving as principal investigator and supervisor for a career coaching grant through the Arkansas Division of Career and Technical Education. Through those two initiatives, 12 career coaches are serving multiple K-12 school districts as part of an ATU outreach to seven Arkansas counties.

Jacobs led the formation of the Ozark area 360 Educators and Industry Partnership, is a member of the Higher Learning Commission Reassurance Committee, served on the ATU 2025 strategic planning committee, is a member of the Leadership Tech coordinating council and introduced the ATU-Ozark Leaders in the Industry speaker series.

“Dr. Jacobs’ enthusiasm for education, commitment to the mission and vision of Arkansas Tech University and attention to the well-being of her colleagues and students are evident in her day-to-day leadership style,” ATU President Dr. Robin Bowen said in a statement. “I am grateful for her willingness to take on this interim assignment and ensure that ATU-Ozark Campus continues to provide outstanding educational and workforce development opportunities for students, business and industry.”

Dr. Sheila Jacobs

Jacobs holds five degrees from Arkansas Tech. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English education and was named the Margaret Young Award winner as ATU’s most outstanding graduating female in 1988. Shortly after her ATU graduation, Jacobs began her career in education as an English teacher at Russellville High School.

She has worked as a K-12 curriculum director, director of secondary education, federal programs coordinator and high school principal in the Russellville School District. She also served as an adjunct English and education instructor at ATU’s Russellville campus.

She obtained two master’s degrees in education and the educational specialist degree before completing her terminal degree, the ATU Doctor of Education in school leadership, in 2020. Jacobs was named the 2021 Jim Ed McGee Award winner as the most outstanding graduate student at ATU and she is a graduate of Leadership Tech.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as interim chancellor,” said Jacobs. “I would like to thank Dr. Bowen for entrusting me with this important responsibility. I am especially grateful to Chancellor Bruce Sikes for his leadership and commitment to the university’s vision and mission. The students, faculty and staff of ATU-Ozark are inspiring, and it’s my honor to serve in this capacity.”