Posted 6/11/2013 07:04 am
Updated 6 months ago
Larry Williams, the first chancellor of Arkansas State University at Newport, is retiring Aug. 31 after 12 years at the campus.
In a letter to faculty and staff, Williams said he was proud of the college’s growth and accomplishments.
"I am satisfied that I have given my very best to lead this dedicated team of professionals, and it is now appropriate and fitting for someone else to assume the administrative responsibilities of the ASU-Newport campuses," Williams said. "It’s been a very rewarding experience, and I look forward to spending more time with my grandchildren."
Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch praised Williams for his leadership, and he said the search for Williams’ successor will begin immediately. He said hopes to have a replacement hired by Sept. 1.
During Williams' time at Newport, enrollment climbed from 500 students in 2001 to a record 2,160 this spring. The two-year college has campus locations in Newport, Jonesboro and Marked Tree.
The college has also added a $3 million Transportation Technology Center and a $3.2 million Student Community Center in Newport; a $1.5 million Collision Repair Technology Center and a $2.6 million renovation in Marked Tree; and a $1.4 million expansion, a $2 million Nursing and Allied Health Center, and a $2.5 million Hospitality Services Education Building, made possible by a $1 million donation from the Wallace Fowler family, in Jonesboro.
The Newport campus is part of the ASU System, which has more than 22,000 students throughout Arkansas and includes Arkansas State University in Jonesboro; ASU-Beebe, with additional campuses in Heber Springs and Searcy; ASU-Newport, with additional campuses in Jonesboro and Marked Tree; ASU-Mountain Home; and instructional sites in Paragould and at the Little Rock Air Force Base.