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State of the University 2013

Chancellor G. David Gearhart reviews the preceding year in the September 2013 issue of CitiScapes magazine.


Deferred Action as a Call to Action: How One Chancellor Answered the Call

Chancellor Gearhart shares his thoughts on the DREAM Act in an article for Leadership Exchange.
Winter 2013

When NASPA approached me about contributing an article to Leadership Exchange regarding the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act and the implications of deferred action for undocumented students, I eagerly accepted. Both issues are part of a critical discussion that involves every institution of higher learning in the United States.


Tenth Anniversary of 9-11

Chancellor speaks at a campus vigil marking the 10th Anniversary of 9-11 where a new memorial has been established.

Today, marks the tenth anniversary of one of the darkest, most sobering episodes in our history. I am speaking, of course, of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 that include the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as well as the attack that was thwarted by the courageous passengers of United Airlines Flight 93.


Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Commencement

Address to KIPP's Second Graduating Class at Phillips Community College, West Helena Arkansas,
May 19, 2011

Thank you, I'm delighted to be here. Let me first thank Scott Shirey, executive director of KIPP Delta Public Schools for the invitation to speak. I also want to recognize the hard work of everyone at KIPP, including the KIPP Delta Board, KIPP Delta supporters, KIPP Delta teachers and staff, and most importantly, KIPP Delta families and students.


Coming Out of the Shadows

Chancellor Gearhart Addresses Immigration Reform at the Union Theater, University of Arkansas
March 17, 2011

Let me begin by thanking tonight's panelists, particularly Carlos Guzman, whose immigration status makes his appearance the most challenging.


Op-Ed: Higher Education Should Be Legislative Topic #1

Op-ed published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette January 13, 2011

As our elected officials begin another legislative session, they must confront a number of issues that affect the everyday lives of the nearly 3 million citizens in our great state. Topics include prisons, highways, lottery scholarships, primary and secondary education, the unemployment trust fund, social services, and Medicaid, to name a few.


Op-Ed: The Inn is Full

Op-ed on immigration reform published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette December 26, 2010

The DREAM Act's recent failure to pass a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate has ensured that two million children and young adults, many of whom have lived in the U.S. most of their lives, will continue to be left out in the cold this Christmas. A recent editorial by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Killers of the DREAM, recognized this vote for what it was; politics at its ugliest.


Op-Ed: Chancellor Gearhart's Response to Anne D. Neal, President of the American Council on Trustees and Alumni

Op-ed on Fulbright College core curriculum review published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette May 23, 2010

Last Sunday, the president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, Anne D. Neal, contributed a column to Perspectives about our curriculum in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Unfortunately, her column had some inaccuracies and misconceptions.


Chancellor's Annual Report 2009

An overview of the accomplishments and highlights of the preceding year

January 27, 2010

The pages of this document comprise the 2009 Chancellor's Annual Report for the University of Arkansas. This is a college-by-college update and brief reviewof major events and institutional accomplishments from the previous academic year. Despite difficult economic circumstances, we were able to accomplish a great deal.

Chancellor's Remarks to the Higher Education Subcommittee

Chancellor Gearhart addresses state legislators in Little Rock on the importance of state funding
January 25, 2010

Good afternoon. I would like to begin by thanking members of the subcommittee for allotting me time to speak today. In particular, I would like to thank Representative Roebuck for extending today's invitation. I really appreciate her desire to work together with us on the issues of cost containment. At the University of Arkansas, we have made cost containment a priority, both out of necessity and out of a desire to be accountable to our stakeholders. I am eager to share with our state legislators our ongoing efforts in this area.

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Sigma Xi Presentation

Chancellor Gearhart addresses university faculty on the importance and future of university research

June 29, 2009

I would like to thank Douglas Rhoads for today's invitation, and I would like to thank you all for coming. I've said before that as chancellor you are asked to all kinds of events to speak on all kinds of subjects, often about things you know little about—and you do it anyway! I don't say this to alarm faculty researchers in the room, but to acknowledge that I do not have a strong research background—as a researcher, that is. Now finding gifts and grants—I've been a little more successful, perhaps. That is not to say I am uninformed—I have done my best to educate myself about every aspect of this university since returning here eleven years ago, and I will continue to do so, as there is still much to learn.

The First 365

Chancellor Gearhart reflects on his first year in office, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette June 22, 2009

Just prior to the completion of G. David Gearhart's first year as University of Arkansas chancellor, he sat down with Alumni Association Board President Gerald Jordan to talk about everything from cost containment to hate mail. Jordan, a longtime reporter and journalism professor, and Gearhart chatted for an hour in the chancellor's office, a bright warmly decorated space with upholstered cornices, red leather chairs and numerous personal effects, awards and tokens on display.


Transparency and Accountability to the People of Arkansas

An overview of Chancellor Gearhart's leadership principles, goals and accountability measures

June 4, 2009

Executive Summary: As a public university, the University of Arkansas is accountable to the people of Arkansas and to the students and families who choose to become a part of the university family. It is incumbent upon the university community to take its stewardship of public resources as seriously as it takes its responsibility to educate the citizens of Arkansas.

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Op Ed: Universities, government must answer economic call to arms

Chancellor Gearhart outlines the importance of college degrees to state's economic development, published in Morning News December 7, 2008

Arkansas has fallen to 50th place in the percentage of adults with a college diploma, ahead of only West Virginia (the District of Columbia is first). Currently, only 18.2 percent of Arkansans age 25 or older hold a bachelor's degree or higher.


Chancellor Gearhart's Remarks to the Campus Faculty Meeting

Chancellor Gearhart updates faculty on the state of the university

November 8, 2008

Good afternoon.

I have had the chance to meet with many of you on various occasions, but I have not had a chance to address the faculty as a whole since I took this new position last July. I appreciate the chance to do so now.


Chancellor Gearhart's Remarks to the Institute for Interfaith Dialog

Chancellor Gearhart discusses the importance of religious diversity at Institute for Interfaith Dialog's annual banquet at the Fayetteville Town Center

September 2, 2008

Shalom. Salamu alaykum. Namaste. And good evening. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of tonight's interfaith dialog. I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. For some of you it may not have been as relaxing as others. Yesterday was the first day of Ramadan, and I know this dinner will be the first opportunity to eat today for some of you. If you are indeed observing Ramadan, I want to say that I admire your dedication to your faith, and wish you well in the coming month: Ramadan kareem.


Op-Ed: Putting Students First (as appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Chancellor Gearhart outlines his Students First philosophy in the ADG, published July 1, 2008

Students first. You'll be hearing me say these words a lot. In fact, I want to make serving students the hallmark of my tenure. They are, after all, the lifeblood of our work. As we transition to new leadership, and address new challenges, I will be ever mindful of their centrality to our mission.


Chancellor-Elect, Dr. G. David Gearhart presents his keynote speech to the Human Resource Development Cohort Weekend Conference

Chancellor Gearhart discusses the importance of a college degree to your health, wealth and happiness at the Global Campus, University of Arkansas

April 4, 2008 5:00 p.m.

Thank you and good evening. It is a special pleasure to be with you this evening. My thanks to Mike Miller for inviting me to speak tonight. I have the privilege of serving on the faculty of the College of Education and Health Professions with Mike. He is a superb researcher/teacher and we are grateful for his service to the college and broader University.