Arkansas State Down to 4 for Mid-South Chancellor

Arkansas State Down to 4 for Mid-South Chancellor

Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch said Tuesday that the university has chosen four candidates to interview for chancellor at Arkansas State University Mid-South.

The candidates are:

  • Rodney Ellis, former chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical and Community College in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Robert Gunter, vice president for workforce education at Mid-South Community College
  • Dwayne Scott, vice president for student services and enrollment management at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis
  • Debra West, deputy executive director for programs and accountability for the Mississippi Community College Board in Jackson, Mississippi

The university has invited the candidates to formally interview on campus. The university's Chancellor Search Advisory Committee reviewed 57 applications for the position.

Candidates will interview on campus beginning May 19. Finalists will meet with the advisory committee, faculty, staff, students and community members during the interview sessions.  

Welch wants to have a new chancellor named before July 1, when Mid-South Community College campus is expected to become part of the Arkansas State University System. The merger requires approval from the Higher Learning Commission. The Mid-South Board of Trustees and Arkansas State University Board of Trustees approved resolutions authorizing the merger in January.

The new chancellor will succeed Mid-South President Glen Fenter, who became the first president of the college in 1992 and will become president emeritus on July 1, when he becomes CEO of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce.

MSCC serves about 2,000 students in Crittenden County and the surrounding area. The ASU System serves 20,800 students throughout Arkansas.