Byrd Named Library Leader at UAFS (Movers & Shakers)


Jason Byrd of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Jason Byrd of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Jason Byrd has been selected to lead the Boreham Library at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Byrd is the associate dean of research and user engagement at Adelphi University Libraries in New York. He holds a master’s degree in history and a Master of Library & Information Studies from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, and completed the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.


James Bell, vice president of Bentonville economic development at the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

OU EDI is a 117-hour certificate program that provides education for economic development professionals.


Shari Erwin of UA Little Rock
Shari Erwin of UA Little Rock

Shari Erwin has been named chief of staff for the chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Erwin, a 2003 UA Little Rock graduate, previously led the branding and communications strategy for Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.


Phil Shellhammer has been hired by the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation to lead its Greenhouse Outdoor Recreation Program at the Collaborative in Bentonville. Shellhammer previously worked as a vice president in the merchandising department of Sam’s Club. In 2019, he established two education-focused tech startups: Eksplor Gaming and Wize Computing Academy of NW Arkansas.


See more of this week's Movers & Shakers, and submit your own announcement at ArkansasBusiness.com/Movers.