Search for Chancellor

University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt, Ph.D., announced four finalists in the national search for the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Selected with the help of a search committee chaired by U of A engineering Dean Kim Needy, Ph.D., the finalists will each participate in a public forum as a part of two-day visits to campus including meetings with students, faculty, staff and university supporters.

The forums will be live streamed and recorded for members of the campus community who can’t attend in person. Registration is required for remote access to each forum (see links below). Links to recordings of the forums will also be added below as soon as the recordings become available. Links to surveys to provide feedback on the finalists will be posted for 72 hours following each public forum.

The finalists, in order of their scheduled forums, include:

Charles F. Robinson

Charles F. Robinson

Campus Forum

Faulkner Performing Arts Center
September 12

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Named interim chancellor in August 2021, Robinson has served in numerous roles at the U of A during the past 23 years, beginning as an assistant professor of history in 1999 and including director of the African and African American Studies Program, vice provost for diversity, vice chancellor for student affairs, and as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. During his time at the U of A, he has led several projects focused on student recruitment and success, including a college readiness program for underrepresented students, a major restructuring of the Division of Student Affairs and a $10 million scholarship effort for first-generation, low-income Arkansans. Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in history from Rice University, and a doctorate in history from the University of Houston.

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Jay T. Akridge

Jay T. Akridge

Campus Forum

Faulkner Performing Arts Center
September 14

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Akridge serves as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity at Purdue University, with a faculty appointment as professor of agricultural economics. He leads the academic enterprise of the university with a total budget of approximately $1.8 billion, student enrollment of more than 50,000, 2,700 faculty members and 8,000 staff. As provost, he has led the university’s enrollment growth initiative, and expanded undergraduate enrollment from 31,000 in 2017 to near 38,000 in 2022. Formerly the dean of agriculture at Purdue for more than eight years, Akridge earned a bachelor’s in agriculture and business administration from Murray State University before completing his master’s and doctorate in agriculture economics at Purdue.

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Daniel A. Reed

Daniel A. Reed

Campus Forum

Faulkner Performing Arts Center
September 16

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Reed is the presidential professor in computational science at the University of Utah, where he previously served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He helped launch the For Utah scholarship, which diversified the student body and broadened access for first generation students and spearheaded the 1U4U cross-campus research initiative. Previously, Reed was the university chair in computational science and bioinformatics and professor of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and medicine at the University of Iowa, where he was vice president for research and economic development. Reed is also the former corporate vice president for technology policy and extreme computing for Microsoft. He earned a bachelor’s in computer science at Missouri University of Science and Technology and a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science at Purdue University.

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Cynthia Y. Young

Cynthia Y. Young

Campus Forum

Faulkner Performing Arts Center
September 19

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Young is the founding dean of Clemson University’s new College of Sciences where she has led the effort to create the college’s strategic roadmap, SCIForward, and worked to increase student success and elevate Clemson’s status as an R1 institution through increased faculty productivity and doubled external research funding. Previously, Young spent 20 years at the University of Central Florida where she served in several leadership roles, including as vice provost for faculty excellence and UCF Global, associate dean for the College of Sciences and cofounder of the UCF EXCEL student retention program. Young earned her bachelor’s in education from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in mathematical science from UCF before completing a master’s in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the University of Washington.

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