Chancellors and Directors
The UA System universities and two-year colleges each have a chancellor as chief executive officer. The titles of the leaders of other affiliated UA System units are indicated below. The chancellors and unit leaders are responsible for enforcement of policies and procedures, budgets, regulations and carrying out decisions of the Board of Trustees.
Chancellor G. David Gearhart
Dr. G. David Gearhart became the chancellor of the University of Arkansas on July 1, 2008, following 10 years of service to the university as vice chancellor for university advancement. Previously he was senior vice president of Penn State University, during which time he was named a Fulbright Scholar, studying at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
Chancellor Joel E. Anderson
Dr. Joel E. Anderson became chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003 after previously serving as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and founding dean of the graduate school at UALR.
Chancellor Daniel W. Rahn
As the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences chancellor, Dr. Dan Rahn leads Arkansas’s only academic health sciences center, which encompasses patient care, education, research and outreach resources at locations across the state. He became the fourth chancellor of UAMS Nov. 1, 2009. He previously served as the president of the Medical College of Georgia and the senior vice chancellor for health and medical programs for the University System of Georgia.
Chancellor H. Jack Lassiter
Dr. Jack Lassiter became the 11th chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello on July 1, 2004. A native of Greenville, Texas, Lassiter first joined UAM in 1977 as director of the Learning Development Center. After two years as dean of college and student services at Wharton County (Texas) Junior College, he returned to UAM in 1980 as vice chancellor for university relations and student services, beginning a 17-year stay on the Monticello campus. In 1993, he was named vice chancellor for academic affairs and student services.
Chancellor Paul Beran
Dr. Paul B. Beran was named chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith on July 1, 2006, four years after the institution achieved university status after being a two-year school since 1928. Since his appointment, Dr. Beran has worked to facilitate the development of more majors and more opportunity for students resulting in growth of 12.7 percent in student headcount over the last five years.
Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander
Dr. Laurence B. Alexander became chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on July 1, 2013. The former associate dean of the Graduate School and director of the Office of Minority Programs at the University of Florida, Alexander was a distinguished teaching scholar and a professor in the Department of Journalism at Florida and chair the Graduate Curriculum Committee before joining UAPB.
Chancellor Steven F. Murray
Dr. Steven Murray has served as chancellor of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas since 2003. Since joining the college in 1980, he has served as an English instructor, department head, division dean, vice chancellor for instruction, executive vice chancellor and chancellor. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in English and a doctorate in higher education administration.
Chancellor Chris Thomason
Chris Thomason became chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope on August 1, 2008. He had previously served on the UACCH Foundation Board and as an adjunct faculty member for the college. Under Thomason’s leadership, UACCH’s student enrollment and graduation rate hit record highs in the last two years.
Chancellor Deborah J. Frazier
Deborah Frazier was named chancellor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in May 2007. She began her teaching career as an accounting instructor at Gateway Vocation Technical School in 1987. During her tenure, she has served as a division chair of business, technology and public service, vice chancellor of academic affairs and vice chancellor for learning and student services.
Chancellor Steve Cole
Dr. Steve Cole has served as chancellor at Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas since 2010. He began his career at the college in 1997 as a member of the business faculty. He was named division chair of Adult, Distance, and Secondary Education in 2001, division chair of Business in 2003, and vice chancellor and dean of academics in 2007.
Chancellor Larry D. Davis
Dr. Larry Davis was appointed chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton in September 2010. Previously, he served six years as vice chancellor for academic affairs at Arkansas State University-Newport. Prior to that, Davis worked for over 30 years as a math instructor, math/science supervisor, general studies department chair and division chair over business and general studies at Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee, a two-year technical branch campus of Oklahoma State University.
Vice President Mark J. Cochran
Dr. Mark Cochran was appointed vice president for agriculture of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture on January 4, 2011. He is responsible for leading the university’s coordinated agriculture program including the Cooperative Extension Service and the Agriculture Experiment Station.
Director George Sabo
Dr. George Sabo III, a professor of anthropology and environmental dynamics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, became director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey on July 1, 2013. Sabo has served as the AAS research station archeologist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, since 1979.
Director Cheryl P. May
Dr. Cheryl P. May has served as director of the Criminal Justice Institute since 2009. She has 29 years experience as a forensic professional having previously served as deputy director, assistant director and program manager at CJI.
Director Corey Alderdice
Corey Alderdice became director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts on July 1, 2012. He previously served as assistant director for admissions and public relations at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky.
Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III
Skip Rutherford has served as dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service since 2006. Prior to joining the Clinton School, Rutherford was executive vice president of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, one of the region’s largest communications firms. In addition, he served as chairman of the board of the William J. Clinton Foundation from 1997-2006. From 1997 until it opened in 2004, Rutherford also supervised the planning for the Clinton Presidential Library.
Executive Director Marta Loyd
Marta M. Loyd, Ed.D., joined the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in February 2014. She served the previous 12 years as vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and as executive director of the UA-Fort Smith Foundation Inc.