Advisory committee formed to assist in UAPB chancellor search

LITTLE ROCK – University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt today announced the formation of an advisory search committee to assist in finding a new chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The committee includes members representing UAPB students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with members of the Pine Bluff community. Dr. Robert McGehee, a UAPB alumnus, Pine Bluff native and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will serve as chairman of the committee.

“I’m grateful to each of these individuals for taking the time to participate in this very important search,” Bobbitt said. “I believe this position will be attractive to talented candidates largely because of the strong support of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and I’m excited to begin the search process.”

The committee will work with a search firm to review applications and recruit potential candidates for the position. Bobbitt hopes to have a new chancellor selected by June 30, 2013.

The members of the committee include:

Dr. Robert McGehee, Chairman
Dean, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School

Mr. David Adams
Staff, UAPB Physical Plant

Mr. Lawrence Awopetu
Faculty, UAPB School of Business and Management

Mr. Elbert E. Bennett
Coordinator, UAPB Student Affairs

Mr. Calvin E. Booker, Sr.
President, UAPB Alumni Association

Mr. Marty Casteel
Chairman and CEO-elect, Simmons First National Bank

Dr. Laura Festa
Faculty, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. James O. Garner, Jr.
Dean, UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Dr. Anita Kelly
UAPB Faculty, School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Services

Dr. Hazel Linton
Faculty, UAPB School of Education

Mr. Obumneme Nwankwo
President, UAPB Student Government Association

Dr. Yolanda Page
Dean, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Sedrick Rice
Faculty, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences

Hon. Rev. Henry “Hank” Wilkins, IV
Member, Arkansas House of Representatives

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