by Lee Hogan
Posted 7/2/2014 09:34 am
Updated 4 weeks ago
The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith has tapped one of its own, Georgia Hale, as its next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
The move was effective Tuesday. Hale has served as associate provost since December.
"I am humbled to be named the chief academic officer of UAFS," Hale said in a news release. "I look forward to working with others on the UAFS campus to continue to grow our outstanding academic programs, as well as increase student retention and graduation rates."
Hale replaces Ray Wallace who became chancellor at Indiana University Southeast on Tuesday.
Paul Beran, UAFS chancellor, said he expects Hale to excel in her new position.
"Dr. Hale brings a wealth of higher education experience to the position, both from our university and other colleges around the state and nation," Beran said in the release. "I'm confident she will advance the academic interests of our university and our students as we continue to establish UAFS as a premier regional institution."
Hale will oversee the creation of new curriculum and programs, and work to grow the graduate programs offered. In addition, she and others will supervise areas like the International Relations Office, the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Babb Center for Student and Professional Development.
Hale was hired in 2004 at UAFS as the associate dean of the College of Business. She became dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology in 2009.