Arkansas Tech to Introduce Next President at Tuesday Ceremony

Arkansas Tech University will welcome its next president at a ceremony Tuesday.

The university's Board of Trustees is set to convene on the south lawn of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at 1 p.m. Tuesday to elect and introduce the 12th president in the university's history. All classes on the Russellville campus will cease from 1-2 p.m. to allow students, faculty and staff to attend.

Robert Brown, current university president, announced his retirement in August and will step down at the end of the 2013-14 year. He took office July 1, 1993.

Four finalistsWilliam Berry, Robin Bowen, Rex Gandy and Robert Marley— have been named in the search. The university says the next president "will demonstrate an established track record of significant and successful leadership as a senior administrator," and "possess a terminal degree and passion for enhancing the educational attainment of the constituents served by Arkansas Tech."

The university received 35 applications for the position.

Leigh Whiteside, of Russellville, is chair of the advisory committee in charge of the search for the university's next president. Whiteside is an Arkansas Tech alumna, retired educator and a member of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees since 2008.

The 14-member search committee includes John Watson, vice president for academic affairs, David Moseley, senior vice president for administration and finance, and Mary Gunter, dean of the Graduate College and professor of educational leadership. 

Gov. Mike Beebe and Tom Kennedy, chairman of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees, are among those scheduled to speak at the ceremony. 

The event is open to the public. A reception in the first floor lobby of the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will follow.