4 finalists named in search of new University of Arkansas chancellor

The acting head of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is among four finalists for the top job at the state’s largest university, the University of Arkansas system president announced Friday. , Donald R. Bobbitt.

The finalists, listed in order of their appearance in the public forums scheduled for later this month, are:

• Charles F. Robinson, Acting Chancellor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 12 September.

• Jay T. Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Purdue University, September 14.

• Daniel A. Reed, Presidential Professor of Computer Science, University of Utah, September 16.

• Cynthia Y. Young, Founding Dean of the College of Sciences, Clemson University, September 19.

Bobbitt selected the finalists with the help of a search committee chaired by UA Dean of Engineering Kim Needy.

“I couldn’t be happier that these four distinguished individuals have accepted our invitation to visit the University of Arkansas as finalists in the search for our next chancellor,” Bobbitt said in the announcement.

“A national leadership search provides an opportunity to test the quality of an institution’s reputation, and the quality and diversity of our four finalists show that the U of A is highly regarded on the national stage. I want to give special thanks to Dean Kim Needy and the members of our search committee for their hard work and dedication to this process, which yielded good results leading up to these campus visits. We look forward to getting to know the finalists better in the weeks to come. »

Finalists will visit the Fayetteville campus for two days. During their visits, each candidate will participate in a public forum. The forums will be streamed live and recorded for wider access.

Forum times will be posted on the university’s Chancellor’s Search website: chancellor.uark.edu/chancellor-search/. The site includes more information about each candidate, including their CV and cover letters.

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