Bobbitt to Recommend Terisa Riley As Chancellor at UA Fort Smith

Bobbitt to Recommend Terisa Riley As Chancellor at UA Fort Smith
Terisa Riley (UA Fort Smith)

University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt said Tuesday that he will recommend Terisa Riley as the next chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

Riley is senior vice president for student affairs and university administration at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. She's expected to begin her new role as chancellor on July 1.

"While the pool of finalists was extremely strong with all of the candidates being highly qualified and making a great impression during their on-campus visits and interviews, Dr. Riley rose to the top with the clear vision and palpable energy needed to help continue the strategic growth and upward trajectory of UAFS," Bobbitt said in a news release. "I couldn't be any more confident in the work that our search committee, search firm and all of the various other constituents contributed during this process to help identify the next chancellor at UAFS."

Riley has worked in a variety of student affairs and administrative roles at Kingsville since 2007. Bobbitt's recommendation is subject to approval by University of Arkansas trustees.

"I am thrilled and humbled to be recommended as the next chancellor for the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith," Riley said. "My interactions with faculty, staff, students and members of the Fort Smith community reinforced my belief that UAFS is preparing students to work and compete globally, and that empowering students to reach their academic goals continues to be the focus of campus decision-making. 

"UAFS has a rich and unique history as an economic advancement engine for the Fort Smith region, and I look forward to playing my part to help shape the success of the institution, the community and our students, faculty and staff for years to come."

Riley would replace Paul Beran, who left Fort Smith to become the executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Higher Education Board of Regents. Beran had been chancellor in Fort Smith for 12 years.