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Finalists are scheduled to visit the UACCM campus on Tuesday, September 17 (Tompkins); Wednesday, September 18 (Willenberg); Monday, September 23 (Berry); and Thursday, September 26 (Rittle). Candidates will visit current students, faculty, staff and members of the community while on campus.

Each candidate will give a formal presentation and a question/answer session from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., each day of their visits in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Attendees will be given the opportunity to complete an evaluation of each candidate to be submitted to the search committee. The presentations will also be livestreamed and will be available for the public to view on Facebook and YouTube.

Following each candidate’s campus visit, the search committee will make a recommendation to UA System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt, who will make a final recommendation to the UA System Board of Trustees regarding UACCM’s next chancellor.

The chancellor position opening garnered 53 applicants from across the nation. The Chancellor Search Committee appointed by UA System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt has spent the past several months researching and deliberating to narrow the list of candidates that would move forward to the final phase. 

Chancellor Search Committee Chair Mary Clark said, “The position opening drew an exceptional pool of applicants who met our preferred qualifications and demonstrated the leadership skills, background, and experience described in the announcement. We were very impressed with their credentials and commitment to the community college mission. 

“The Committee is aware of the tremendous significance of this search and has spent considerable time reviewing the candidates, endeavoring to find those whose qualifications best match the requirements of the Chancellor position. I want to thank each committee member who is participating in the search and will be taking part in the interviews with the finalists.”

Chancellor Search Announcement

The President and Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas System invite letters of application and letters of nomination for the position of Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. The Chancellor is the chief executive officer and external representative of the institution and is responsible to the President of the University of Arkansas System. The Chancellor exercises broad responsibilities for all aspects of the academic, financial, student, and administrative dimensions of institutional operations, initiatives, and outcomes.

Candidates should have demonstrated leadership skills in an academic environment and senior experience in the administration of an institution of higher education. A master’s degree from an accredited institution is required and an earned doctoral degree is preferred.

Letters of interest should include a curriculum vitae and a list of at least five references with names and contact information including e-mail addresses. Letters of nomination and/or recommendation should include the full name and address of the proposed candidate and other information known by the nominator.

Electronic submission to chancellorsearch@uaccm.edu is encouraged. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is recommended. Electronic submissions may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Mailed application materials should be sent to:

Judy Sanders, Director of Human Resources
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
1537 University Boulevard
Morrilton, AR 72110

Evaluation of applications will begin on June 28, 2019. Applications will be accepted until August 30, 2019

Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence until the last stage of the search when finalists are announced and invited to campus.

The University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Preferred Qualifications

All applications are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Senior experience in the administration of a college or university, including a record of academic accomplishment and of increasingly complex administrative responsibility in higher education.  Candidates with comparable accomplishments in the public or private sectors relevant to university administration are encouraged to apply.

Demonstrated understanding of and a commitment to a community college mission with priorities on transfer academic programs; career, professional, and technical education; and workforce and community education as key components of economic and workforce development.

Well-developed communications skills including a demonstrated ability to work successfully with colleagues and collaboratively with faculty and staff in the shared governance tradition of the institution.

The ability to think strategically, build consensus, and engage faculty, staff, and administration in collegial and constructive decision-making to enhance student life and learning for both traditional and non-traditional students.

The ability to be an effective institutional advocate to a broad range of constituents and to work effectively with local, state and national leaders and legislators.

The ability to lead an advancement effort in raising funds and building friends for the future of the institution, with an enthusiasm for fundraising and the willingness to make it a priority.

Personal engagement on campus with students and student life and active involvement in the social and economic life of the community.

A record of civic involvement and a commitment to work collaboratively with educational partnerships, business leaders and the community to carry out the mission of the institution.

A commitment to and successful experience in forming focused and sustained partnerships with business/industry and other agencies in the community for the purposes of economic and workforce development.

Demonstrated leadership skills, vision, integrity, and the ability to identify and build on the strengths of a successful and growing institution and to serve as its spokesperson.

Master’s degree required and terminal degree or earned doctorate preferred.

Desired characteristics and traits

Based on input from the community and the chancellor’s search committee, the successful candidates should possess the following qualities:

An individual with a deep understanding of and passion for the community college mission

An advocate with a proven track record of support for technical/career education, academic programs, and workforce training

An individual with both teaching and senior leadership experience in a community college setting

An executive who has demonstrated fiscal responsibility, as well as strength in managing a budget

A data-driven decision maker who possesses a strong business acumen

An individual noted for integrity, honesty, and tact in personal and professional interactions

A supervisor with a team mentality who values, includes, and inspires employees

An individual who is personable, caring, and has a congenial sense of humor

A director who encourages faculty and staff to participate in professional growth opportunities

An individual who is highly visible on campus and maintains an interactive relationship with employees and students

A leader who is student-driven and will question how decisions affect students   

A person who is both sensitive to and committed to ethnic, cultural, and social diversity and inclusion

A manager who is an active listener and possesses intuitive interpersonal communication skills

A forward-thinking leader who is innovative, creative, and resourceful

A leader who responds to local industry and community needs and forms collaborative partnerships

An individual who reaffirms community relations, exhibits community-mindedness and involvement, and is willing to maintain a strong public presence at community events

An administrator with experience with fundraising, securing donations, and financial support

A leader who possesses an understanding of the legislative process and can work effectively with legislators on statewide and local initiatives

An individual with the understanding and appreciation of a rural community, who will be compatible with the area, and will make a commitment to living in Conway County


  1. Assemble Search Committee and Determine Qualifications

  2. Call for Applicants

  3. Committee: Evaluate, Recommend Candidates

  4. Currently — Committee: Interviews, Finalist Presentations, and Recommendation Made to UA System President

  5. Introduction of New Chancellor