April 1 Start Date Set For New Head of University of Arkansas Advancement

Chris Wyrick will begin serving as vice chancellor for the University of Arkansas division of advancement on April 1.

Wyrick, currently head of the Razorback Foundation, was announced on Feb. 14, but no start date was set. Chancellor G. David Gearhart said Thursday that Wyrick has been working on his transition to advancement, while still involved with the foundation, the UA athletic department’s fund-raising arm.

“Since my initial announcement, Chris has made time to meet with key university leaders while still maintaining his heavy schedule with the Razorback Foundation,” Gearhart said. “I am grateful that Chris is now in a position to assume his new duties without causing any disruption to the Razorback Foundation’s important work.”

Wyrick is replacing Brad Choate, whose appointment ends on June 30. Choate is being replaced after it was discovered the advancement division was more than $3 million over budget last year and on track for a deficit in 2012-13.

Choate, who is paid $350,000 annually, remains on the payroll. His salary will be paid by private funds after April 1.

Wyrick took over the Razorback Foundation last fall. He’ll be replaced by Sean Rochelle, who currently serves as associate executive director.

“I am excited about joining Chancellor Gearhart’s administration and about working with the advancement team to help realize the university’s goals and objectives,” Wyrick said. “I am grateful to the Razorback Foundation board and staff for the support and friendship they have provided to me during my time as executive director, and look forward to working with them in my new role.”