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Chancellor to be appointed for
Jonesboro; Dr. Wyatt to serve as system president
Dec. 16, 2005 -- Mrs. Florine Milligan, chair of the
Arkansas State University Board of Trustees, announced today that the
board has asked Dr. Les Wyatt to present a plan separating the
responsibilities between the ASU system and the daily operation of the
Dr. Wyatt in his 11th year as president of ASU currently performs both
“The board and Dr. Wyatt have been discussing this strategy since 1999.
We have asked him to assist in the definition of and planning for the
roles of both the president and the chancellor. The opportunities for
the definition of the ASU System have grown over the last decade, and
now compete for attention with the focus on daily administration of the
Jonesboro campus. It is timely to consider the division of those
administrative functions, and to assign them to two individuals.
"We have asked Dr. Wyatt to assist in the recruitment of the new
chancellor, who will be considered for appointment by the board. We
would like for Dr. Wyatt, as president of the system, to focus his
attention on resource development, government and constituent relations,
interaction with campus chancellors and to continue to oversee the
development and coordination of the ASU campuses,” Milligan said.
Both the ASU system and the Jonesboro campus have progressed to the
point that such a separation will be very advantageous. The system now
enrolls 17,000 students at nine locations. In addition to new
construction projects and campus improvements at these locations,
Milligan cited growth in the number and quality of graduate programs and
research capabilities at Jonesboro. She also noted progress in achieving
the goals set forth by the Higher Learning Commission.
“The trustees have received from ASU-Jonesboro a strategic plan for
future directions, a feasibility study for a capital fund-raising
campaign, a diversity plan, an enrollment management plan, a campus
master plan, a shared governance system plan and a proposed revision of
the faculty handbook. All of these were described by the accreditation
team and all have now been developed by the campus. We feel that the
time is right to move forward with the separation of system and campus
leadership, and to have this arrangement ready for the accreditation
review in 2006-07,” Milligan said.
“Over the last six years, we have had discussions with the board about
the concept of an ASU President who would be separate from the Jonesboro
campus chancellor,” Dr. Wyatt said.
“We are grateful for the confidence of the trustees to initiate this
process now as an outgrowth of our planning process. The occasion of the
centennial gives us an opportunity to think about organization for the
future. We are confident that with the board’s approval we will be able
to move forward more effectively and efficiently with this division of
responsibilities,” Wyatt said.
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