University of Arkansas Committee Recommendations

The University of Arkansas is examining its connection to former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and former Gov. Charles Hillman Brough.

The first part of this process is now complete as the university committee asked to explore these connections has concluded its work and released the following recommendations:

  • Item One : J. William Fulbright’s name should be removed from the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Item Two : J. William Fulbright’s statue should be removed from its location outside Old Main
  • Item Three : Charles Brough’s name should be removed from Brough Commons

See the full text of the committee’s recommendations.

Statement from Chancellor Joe Steinmetz

"We appreciate the hard work and time the committee took to complete its process of organizing and studying the historical foundation of the Fulbright and Brough names. The committee work included exploring the historical context in which Gov. Brough and Sen. Fulbright served and their actions in public life as viewed through a contemporary lens. The committee rightfully took time to deliberate and offer its recommendations. As such, we will continue with the next steps in this thoughtful process, gathering feedback on the recommendations, considering additional input and perspectives from a wide range of university stakeholders, including faculty, staff, alumni and students, and further discussing this matter with my executive committee, President Bobbitt, and members of the Board of Trustees.

This matter is complicated by Sen. Fulbright’s deep connections to the state and university, and important international contributions, at the same time acknowledging that the name causes pain for some on our campus, which is unfortunate. I want to emphasize that we are a community, united by our love and appreciation for the University of Arkansas. As a community, we are strong and support each other, recognizing our differences as well as the things that unite us no matter the issue.”

Next Steps in the Process

Chancellor Joe Steinmetz will now continue the process of listening to a wide array of stakeholders and seek feedback regarding the committee’s recommendations. This part of the process will conclude in late May.

The basis and implication for taking action on any of recommendations will be carefully evaluated, as well as any process steps that would be necessary should action be taken. For example, any name changes would require approval by University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.