March 23, 2023

12 former UA pupil physique presidents push for Robinson as subsequent chancellor

Twelve previous College of Arkansas pupil physique presidents are asking the College of Arkansas Board of Trustees to rent interim UA Chancellor Dr. Charles Robinson – a request that isn’t favored by UA System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt.

On Oct. 14, the UA System introduced the choice course of was down to 2 candidates as a result of the board couldn’t attain a consensus. The UA System announcement didn’t title the 2 candidates, however it was later discovered that Dr. Daniel Reed, presidential professor of computational science on the College of Utah, and Robinson had been the highest two.

Bobbitt introduced on Sept. 2 that 4 finalists for the highest job on the state’s flagship college and one of many prime analysis universities within the nation. The finalists had been: Robinson; Dr. Jay Akridge, provost and government vice chairman for tutorial affairs, Purdue College; Reed; and Dr. Cynthia Younger, founding dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Clemson College.

A Freedom of Data request from Arkansas Instances uncovered a message from Robinson to Bobbitt through which it was discovered that Bobbitt wished to rent Reed, with Robinson being promised a return to his former job as provost however with unspecified additional duties and a wage equal to or better than his interim chancellor pay. Robinson rejected the provide.

“Having served the campus for the previous fourteen months as interim chancellor, I’m very happy with the success that my crew and I’ve had in advancing the college. As I understood our dialog, the problem of chancellorship remains to be unresolved, and it’s my hope that the board will help my candidacy,” Robinson famous as a part of his response to Bobbitt.

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The 12 former pupil physique presidents mentioned of their be aware made public Wednesday (Oct. 19) the college wants a confirmed chief, they usually imagine Robinson is that individual.

College of Arkansas Interim Chancellor Dr. Charles Robinson

“The College of Arkansas is now at a important juncture. As an establishment, it can not afford to increase this era of interim and unsure management – nor can we now ask its college students, school, and workers to reside by the rising pains that an outdoor rent, with little institutional familiarity or help, would certainly carry to campus. We want a Chancellor who has cultivated their profession and repute by working with the vary of stakeholders, competing priorities, and distinctive challenges on the state’s flagship college; and we want a Chancellor with a confirmed monitor report proper right here in our yard. We collectively endorse the choice of Dr. Charles Robinson because the seventh Chancellor of the College of Arkansas.”

Authors of the be aware to the UA System, with 12 months as pupil physique president, had been: Billy Fleming (2011), Michael Dodd (2012), Tori Pohlner Bogner (2013), Bo Renner (2014), Daniel McFarland (2015), Tanner Bone (2016), Connor Flocks (2017), Andrew Counce (2018), J.P. Gairhan (2019) Jared Pinkerton (2020), Julia Nall (2021), and Coleman Warren (2022).

“Our endorsement is as an alternative rooted in twelve years of working with, and studying from, Dr. Robinson. We all know him, we belief him, and we’ve got the utmost confidence in him to steer our dwelling. We respect the endurance and diligence of the search committee with what’s a call that deserves nice care. Generally, although, exhausting questions have straightforward solutions. Dr. Robinson is that reply. Our advice to the College of Arkansas Board of Trustees – and the advice echoed by numerous college students and younger alumni all through the Razorback neighborhood – is easy: in your seek for our Chancellor, look no additional. He’s already right here,” famous the letter’s conclusion.

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The UA System didn’t present a response to the letter from the previous pupil physique presidents however as an alternative referred Discuss Enterprise & Politics to Bobbitt’s assertion of Oct. 14.

“At the moment the Board of Trustees continued an ongoing dialogue about two very completed and certified finalists for the place of Chancellor of the College of Arkansas, Fayetteville. We respect the curiosity this course of has generated each on campus and from the college’s broad constituencies throughout the state. A call of this magnitude involving the way forward for the flagship campus of the UA System deserves as a lot continued dialogue and deliberation as is important, and the Board and I are devoted to taking our time to make sure we attain an consequence on this course of that finest serves the college’s continued success.”

The UA System has not mentioned when the board would possibly once more convene to contemplate the 2 finalists.