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.
Interim Chancellor Charles Robinson
Dr. Charles Robinson was named interim chancellor on Aug. 9, 2021. He previously led the UA, Fayetteville campus’s academic enterprise in addition to the 25 departments that comprise the Division of Student Affairs. He has served as provost since July 2020 and as vice chancellor of student affairs since 2015.
Robinson’s time at the U of A spans more than 20 years, beginning as an assistant professor of history. Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in history from Rice University, and a doctorate in history from the University of Houston. A full bio can be found here.
Chancellor Christina Drale
Dr. Christina Drale serves as Chancellor for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to this appointment, she was the Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UA Little Rock. As the university’s chief academic officer, she oversaw the administration, coordination, and development of all academic functions of the university.
Chancellor Cam Patterson
Cam Patterson, M.D., took over as chancellor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on June 1, 2018 after serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer at Weill-Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital. A cardiologist, Patterson previously held numerous academic and clinical appointments at the University of North Carolina, including as physician-in-chief at the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care and executive director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute.
Chancellor Peggy Doss
Dr. Peggy Doss took over as chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello on Jan. 1, 2020 after serving many years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. She also served for a decade as dean of the School of Education and as vice chancellor for student affairs and university relations after working in public education as a teacher and administrator. Doss holds degrees from three UA System institutions.
Chancellor Terisa C. Riley
Dr. Terisa C. Riley is the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS). She assumed her duties on July 1, 2019. Prior to her appointment as UAFS Chancellor, Riley served as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Administration at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, as well as holding previous positions as the institution’s chief student affairs officer, chief financial officer, chief administrator, and chief enrollment management officer. Over her 25-year career, Riley has held numerous other appointments in higher education and in her community.
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.
CAO/COO Michael Moore
Dr. Michael K. Moore, who is leading the UA System’s eVersity charge, is an award-winning distance education professor and a recognized leader of online programs. As a first-generation college student, he appreciates the transformative power of a college education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University and a master’s and doctorate in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining eVersity, he served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas at Arlington for 20 years.
Chancellor G. Keith Pinchback
G. Keith Pinchback, Ed.D., became the as the fourth chancellor at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) in July 2015, having previously served as vice chancellor of institutional advancement at Arkansas State University-Beebe since 2001.
Chancellor Christine Holt
Dr. Christine Holt was named chancellor at UAHT in May 2021 and joined the campus in August. She earned a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and also holds a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State University, a Master of Arts in Adult Education from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Capital University.
Chancellor Brian Shonk
Dr. Brian Shonk was named chancellor at UACCB in 2021. He earned two associate degrees in criminal justice and electronics technology from Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University. He received a Master of Public Administration degree and a doctorate in education, curriculum and instruction from the University of West Florida.
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 Lisa Willenberg
Lisa Willenberg became chancellor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) on Nov. 1, 2019. Willenberg has served at UACCM for 27 years, starting as a general accountant and later becoming a vice chancellor in 2011. She earned her Masters of Education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. She also graduated from the College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Chancellor Margaret Ellibee
Dr. Margaret A. Ellibee began her tenure at University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College on August 16, 2012. She has served as Vice President for Strategic Effectiveness and Advancement at Waukesha County Technical College in Waukesha, Wisconsin from 2007 until 2012. Previously, she served as State Director for Career and Technical Education with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and was Coordinator for Innovative Programming and Research at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
Chancellor Phillip Wilson
Dr. Phillip Wilson, Ed.D., became chancellor at UA-Rich Mountain in 2011 after having served in several other academic and administrative roles at the college. He graduated high school in nearby Oden and earned a Political Science degree from Hendrix College. He worked in the private technical sector in Dallas after college before moving to Mena to join the faculty at UA-Rich Mountain. Dr. Wilson earned MBA and doctorate degrees in higher education from the University of Arkansas.
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.
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 Alex Barker
Dr. Alex Barker was named director in November 2021. He earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Marquette University, a master’s degree in anthropology from Wichita State University and a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan. He most recently served for 14 years as director of the Museum of Art & Archaeology at the University of Missouri and was also vice president for collections and research and curator of North American Archaeology at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Interim Vice President Chuck Culver
Chuck Culver was named interim Vice President in September 2021. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, as well as a juris doctorate and a Master of Laws in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He joined the UADA in 1990.
Dean Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Ph.D., was named dean in 2021. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American studies at the University of Arizona and master’s and doctorate degrees in political science at Duke University. She previously served as assistant dean for civic engagement and a senior lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the UT. She is a contributor to MSNBC, Telemundo and NBCNews.com. She has also provided on-air analysis for PBS, CNN, Fox, Univision and NPR, as well as contributions to other national publications.
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.