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The University of Arkansas System invites nominations and applications for the position of chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The university seeks a leader who will provide strategic leadership to shape and support the university's growth as the state’s only R-1 university and its land-grant mission of teaching, discovery and service.

Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas (U of A) is the flagship campus of the UA System with 10 colleges and schools offering more than 240 academic programs. The university’s annual budget is more than $1 billion, its total research expenditures total more than $164.4 million, with more than 29,000 students who represent all 50 states and 120 countries, 1,490 faculty and a supportive staff. The university is the state’s foremost partner and resource for education and economic development, feeding more than $2.2 billion back into the state economy. It serves as the major provider of graduate-level instruction in Arkansas and its public service activities reach every county in Arkansas, throughout the nation and around the world.

The university is located in Fayetteville in the hilly northwest corner of Arkansas and includes two arboreta overlooking the Ozark Mountains. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus. Fayetteville is routinely considered among the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Proximity and partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies based in the area including Walmart, JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. and Tyson Foods, provide opportunities for students as well as philanthropic support. A 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway trail system connects the region. Farmers’ markets, fine dining, casual lifestyle, nature, arts and cultural amenities round out the quality life enjoyed by residents.

The most recent U of A strategic plan was built around enhancing student success, leading to the establishment of The CORD (Create Opportunities, Reach Dreams) Cordia Harrington Center for Excellence, a new 70,000-square foot student success center located in the heart of campus and serving as the hub for academic, financial and social support for students. With a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the university serves a growing student population with an incoming average GPA of 3.74 and ACT score of 24.5. The university recently achieved a record six-year graduation rate of 69.7 percent. The U of A is also ranks highly in nationally competitive award winners with 25 Truman Scholars, 57 Goldwater Scholars and 11 Rhodes Scholars.

The U of A recently completed a $1.45 billion capital campaign to support the university’s academic and research missions and other key priorities. The campaign included:

  • $194.7 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to create the new Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I3R), the new model of public research and economic development, which will grow the university’s cross-disciplinary research and entrepreneurship capabilities. I³R will bring change-makers and thought-leaders together, collaborating with commercial, philanthropic, non-profit and governmental organizations to deliver positive societal impact.
  • $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to establish the School of Art, helping propel art education, design, research and creative activity in the state forward while providing unparalleled access and opportunity for students. The gift was the largest ever given to a U.S. university in support of or to establish a school of art.
  • An additional $40 million gift from the Windgate Charitable Foundation is being used to create the Windgate Art and Design District, south of campus. The district will feature several new buildings for art and design classrooms, labs, studios and potentially a public gallery space, bringing together art, design and education, while serving as the central hub for the student and faculty artists and designers at the University of Arkansas and in the community.

Home to the Razorbacks, the U of A is the state’s leading Division 1 athletics program competing in the Southeastern Conference and enjoying robust support from alumni and fans across Arkansas and the region. The program recently ranked eighth in the 2021-22 Learfield Director’s Cup Final Standings, including earning three SEC championships in 2021. Academically, U of A student athletes combined to earn the top graduation success rate (GSR) in the history of the Razorback program last year, earning a GSR of 85 percent. The Razorback program is one of only a few nationally that is self-supporting, receiving no state funding, and has contributed millions of dollars to support the university’s academic mission.

The U of A benefits from partnerships with campuses, divisions and units across the statewide UA System, which includes seven universities, the state’s only academic medical center, seven two-year colleges and six other units. The UA System collectively enrolls more than 60,000 students, employs over 17,000 people and has a total revenues of more than $3.5 billion. For more information on the system visit,

The Position

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 help propel the institution among the nation’s top public research universities. Under the chancellor’s leadership, university affairs are conducted in keeping with state laws and the policies and procedures established by the president and the board.


The chancellor will display the following important attributes:

  • Superior management, communication, interpersonal, budget and strategic planning skills
  • A successful record of academic leadership and executive experience
  • An inclusive approach to management and leadership, including a commitment to excellence in recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse faculty
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and an ability to communicate with and understand the needs of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Experience managing complex budgets and a demonstrated ability to introduce and implement innovating funding initiatives
  • Experience with major fundraising initiatives and an ability to represent the university compellingly with alumni and donors
  • An ability to communicate effectively and build partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, business leaders and state policymakers
  • Experience and commitment to translating research into the marketplace by engaging businesses and support of student and faculty entrepreneurship
  • A commitment to student success and supporting student scholarship and excellence inside and outside of the classroom
  • A commitment to the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, including an understanding of the unique role of a flagship, Research 1 university in promoting and funding cutting-edge research across academic disciplines
  • An understanding of and demonstrated support for the unique experience of Division 1 student-athletes and for the positive impact of a nationally competitive athletics program on the broader mission of the university
  • A willingness to circulate widely and listen carefully, including a commitment to collaboration and transparency in decision-making
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an earned doctorate
  • Land-grant, flagship, research university experience is desired

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.