LITTLE ROCK — Army officials informed Arkansas State University on Wednesday that the Army will discontinue the university’s 77-year-old Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program on its Jonesboro campus at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

LITTLE ROCK — Army officials informed Arkansas State University on Wednesday that the Army will discontinue the university’s 77-year-old Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program on its Jonesboro campus at the end of the 2014-15 school year.


"This action is not a reflection of either the quality of your program or the outstanding cadets you have produced," Thomas R. Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, said in a letter to ASU Chancellor Tim Hudson. "The Army arrived at this difficult decision after careful consideration of how to best accomplish its mission with a reduction of resources."


Hudson said in a news release that he disagreed with the decision, which he said was made with no opportunity for the university to provide input.


"We will do everything possible to reverse this decision. We have reached out to our federal and state officials for assistance," he said.


ASU said its Army ROTC program currently has 122 participants, about a third of whom are on its Beebe campus and will not be affected by the closure.


The Jonesboro program is one of 13 programs scheduled for closure nationwide. Lamont said the Army reviewed 273 programs and considered market potential, the Army’s academic discipline needs, historical production and proximity to other Army ROTC units.


"Arkansas State values its historic relationship with the Army’s ROTC, and we have produced nearly 2,500 officers who have served our country," Hudson said. "We have a compelling case to share with the Army and want to learn more about the criteria used to reach their conclusion."