March 20, 2023

UA System board plans public vote to select subsequent chancellor

A public vote by the College of Arkansas System board of administrators will likely be held on Nov. 18 on the Fayetteville campus to find out who would be the flagship college’s subsequent chancellor.

The UA System introduced Monday (Nov. 7) a particular assembly of the board to be held at 11 a.m. The assembly will likely be held in individual and through Zoom, originating on the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni Home.

“Whereas the chance stays that the difficulty could possibly be earlier resolved by the board, it does appear applicable that, if left unresolved, a public vote of the trustees be held on the campus that can most be affected by a call,” C.C. “Cliff” Gibson III, board chairman, stated in a press release.

On Oct. 14, the UA System introduced that 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. It was later realized that Dr. Daniel Reed, presidential professor of computational science on the College of Utah, and interim UA Chancellor Dr. Charles Robinson have 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 high analysis universities within the nation. The finalists have been: Robinson; Dr. Jay Akridge, provost and govt vp for educational affairs, Purdue College; Reed; and Dr. Cynthia Younger, founding dean of the School of Sciences, Clemson College.

A Freedom of Info request from Arkansas Instances uncovered a message from Robinson to Bobbitt during which it was realized that Bobbitt needed 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 larger than his interim chancellor pay. Robinson rejected the supply.

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