Search for Chancellor

The University of Arkansas is at the heart of one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Northwest Arkansas is a hub for innovation, home to multiple Fortune 500 companies and a thriving art scene that are all steps away from outdoor adventure in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

The U of A is the state’s only public, top-tier research university and boasts an enrollment of more than 29,000 with annual research expenditures exceeding $164.4 million. Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the state’s first public university continues its core mission of teaching, discovery and service and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top U.S. universities with the highest level of research activity. The U of A’s economic impact contributes more than $2.2 billion to the state economy each year. And with 10 colleges and schools and more than 50 research centers and institutes, the University of Arkansas is poised to grow its collaborative and innovative research and land-grant mission well into the future.

And it all happens here in Fayetteville, which is consistently ranked among the top 5 “Best Places to Live in the United States” by U.S. News and World Report.

The university is in an exciting time of growth in its nationally recognized research mission, and is seeking candidates for the position of chancellor to lead the institution as the chief executive officer.

The chancellor reports to the president of the UA System and to the Board of Trustees and serves as the chief executive officer of the university. The chancellor is responsible for all operations of the university, including overall leadership and management of the institution, its academic and research enterprises, a major Division 1 athletics program, fundraising and mobilization of all constituents including faculty, alumni, staff, students, community, corporate, foundation and local and state government leaders to meet the institutional, system and regional goals.

The chancellor will lead the continuing transformation of the university as it achieves further academic and research advances and propel the institution among the nation’s top public research universities. 

Inquiry and Application Process

Confidential inquiries and nominations can be made by contacting:

Jan Greenwood

Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates
Vice President and Managing Partner

Julie Holley

Senior Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates
Phone: 850-650-2277


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 Applicants will need to submit:

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of five references

PDF Files are strongly encouraged. Initial screening of materials will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, materials should be submitted by July 8, 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to address their experience with promoting student success, the role of the university in economic development and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their cover letter.

Written nominations, inquiries and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

As an equal opportunity institution, the University of Arkansas System is committed to providing an educationally diverse environment. We seek and welcome applicants who increase our diversity.