LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System announced Tuesday formation of an advisory committee to assist in the search for a new chancellor for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
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 14-member committee. The panel will be comprised of members representing UAPB students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with members of the Pine Bluff community, the university said.
"I’m grateful to each of these individuals for taking the time to participate in this very important search," UA System President Donald R. 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."
Longtime chancellor Lawrence Davis Jr. retired May 25. Former state Rep. Calvin Johnson, a former UAPB dean of education, is serving as interim chancellor. He will not be a candidate for the permanent job.
The advisory panel 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.
Other members of the committee are:
—David Adams, staff, UAPB Physical Plant
—Lawrence Awopetu, faculty, UAPB School of Business and Management
—Elbert E. Bennett, coordinator, UAPB Student Affairs
—Calvin E. Booker Sr., president, UAPB Alumni Association
—Marty Casteel, chairman and CEO-elect, Simmons First National Bank
—Laura Festa, faculty, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences
—James O. Garner Jr., dean, UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
—Anita Kelly, UAPB faculty, School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Services
—Hazel Linton, faculty, UAPB School of Education
—Obumneme Nwankwo, president, UAPB Student Government Association
—Yolanda Page, dean, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences
—Sedrick Rice, faculty, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences
—Rep. Hank Wilkins IV, D-Pine Bluff