Randy Esters, president of North Arkansas College in Harrison, is returning to his home state of Louisiana in June after holding that office for five years.
Esters said he's taken a job as chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe.
Northark leaders said they'll call a special board meeting soon to plan a search for a new president.
"... Together, we have weathered several major storms and emerged stronger after each one. We have fought together and won together," Esters told employees in an email. "I can never express my gratitude to all of you for taking a chance on me and believing in our shared vision, but I am saddened to announce that my season at this great college has come to an end."
As the fourth president of the two-year college, Esters became known for his monthly appearances on local radio stations and frequent speaking engagements at local special events and festivals.
The school said Esters "maintained an unwavering commitment to seeking input on decisions with a collective team approach while keeping Northark’s brand of being a high-quality, affordable, and accessible education for students at the forefront of the college mission."
North Arkansas College reported enrollment of 1,676 students in fall 2019.