4 Finalists Chosen for Chancellor Place

4 Finalists Chosen for Chancellor Place

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Prime from left so as of deliberate look: Charles F. Robinson and Jay T. Akridge; backside: Daniel A. Reed and Cynthia Y. Younger

LITTLE ROCK — College of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt introduced Friday, Sept. 2, 4 finalists within the nationwide seek for the following chancellor of the College of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Chosen with the assistance of a search committee chaired by U of A engineering Dean Kim Needy, Ph.D., the finalists will every go to campus for 2 days of conferences with college students, school, employees and college stakeholders. As a part of their go to, every candidate will take part in a public discussion board on campus that can even be dwell streamed and recorded for broad entry to the campus neighborhood.

The finalists, so as of their scheduled public boards, embody:

  • Charles F. Robinson, Ph.D., interim chancellor, U of A (Sept. 12)
  • Jay T. Akridge, Ph.D., provost and government vp for tutorial affairs, Purdue College (Sept. 14)
  • Daniel A. Reed, Ph.D., presidential professor of computational science, College of Utah (Sept. 16)
  • Cynthia Y. Younger, Ph.D., founding dean of the School of Sciences, Clemson College (Sept. 19)

“I couldn’t be extra happy that these 4 distinguished people have accepted our invitation to go to the College of Arkansas as finalists within the seek for our subsequent chancellor,” Bobbitt stated. “A nationwide management search presents a chance to check the reputational high quality of an establishment, and the standard and variety of our 4 finalists present that the U of A could be very effectively regarded on the nationwide stage. I need to particularly thank Dean Kim Needy and our search committee members for his or her onerous work and dedication to this course of, which has yielded a robust end result heading into these campus visits. We look ahead to attending to know the finalists extra within the coming weeks.”

Extra detailed data on every finalist, together with CVs and software cowl letters, in addition to dates, instances and extra particulars concerning every candidate’s public discussion board can be communicated to the campus neighborhood and posted on the chancellor search web site.

Registration particulars for the general public boards can be communicated to the campus neighborhood prior to every go to and included on the search website. The search website can even be up to date with particulars concerning how the campus neighborhood can entry recordings of the boards as quickly because the recordings can be found.

Meet the Finalists

(so as of scheduled visits)

Charles F. Robinson, Ph.D.

Interim chancellor, College of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Named interim chancellor in August 2021, Robinson has served in quite a few roles on the U of A in the course of the previous 23 years, starting as an assistant professor of historical past in 1999 and together with director of the African and African American Research Program, vice provost for variety, vice chancellor for pupil affairs and as provost and government vice chancellor for tutorial and pupil affairs. Throughout his time on the U of A, he has led a number of tasks targeted on pupil recruitment and success, together with a university readiness program for underrepresented college students, a significant restructuring of the Division of Pupil Affairs and a $10 million scholarship effort for first-generation, low-income Arkansans. Robinson holds a bachelor’s diploma in historical past from the College of Houston, a grasp’s diploma in historical past from Rice College and a doctorate in historical past from the College of Houston.

Jay T. Akridge, Ph.D. 

Provost and government vp for tutorial affairs and variety, Purdue College

Akridge serves as provost and government vp for tutorial affairs and variety at Purdue College, with a college appointment as professor of agricultural economics. He leads the tutorial enterprise of the college with a complete price range of roughly $1.8 billion, pupil enrollment of greater than 50,000, and a couple of,700 school members and eight,000 employees. As provost, he has led the college’s enrollment development initiative and expanded undergraduate enrollment from 31,000 in 2017 to close 38,000 in 2022. Previously the dean of agriculture at Purdue for greater than eight years, Akridge earned a bachelor’s in agriculture and enterprise administration from Murray State College earlier than finishing his grasp’s and doctorate in agriculture economics at Purdue.

Daniel A. Reed, Ph.D.

Presidential professor in computational science, College of Utah

Reed is the presidential professor in computational science on the College of Utah, the place he beforehand served as provost and senior vp for tutorial affairs. He helped launch the For Utah scholarship, which diversified the coed physique and broadened entry for first-generation college students, and spearheaded the 1U4U cross-campus analysis initiative. Beforehand, Reed was the college chair in computational science and bioinformatics and professor of laptop science, electrical and laptop engineering, and medication on the College of Iowa, the place he was vp for analysis and financial improvement. Reed can also be the previous company vp for expertise coverage and excessive computing for Microsoft. He earned a bachelor’s in laptop science at Missouri College of Science and Know-how and a grasp’s and Ph.D. in laptop science at Purdue College.

Cynthia Y. Younger, Ph.D.

Founding dean of the School of Sciences, Clemson College

Younger is the founding dean of Clemson College’s new School of Sciences the place she has led the hassle to create the school’s strategic roadmap, SCIAhead, and labored to extend pupil success and elevate Clemson’s standing as an R1 establishment by means of elevated school productiveness and doubled exterior analysis funding. Beforehand, Younger spent 20 years on the College of Central Florida the place she served in a number of management roles, together with as vice provost for school excellence and UCF International, affiliate dean for the School of Sciences and cofounder of the UCF EXCEL pupil retention program. Younger earned her bachelor’s in training from the College of North Carolina and a grasp’s in mathematical science from UCF earlier than finishing a grasp’s in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in utilized arithmetic on the College of Washington.

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