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Andrea Stewart Appointed Interim Chancellor of UAPB

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University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt has appointed Andrea Stewart as interim chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, effective July 1.

Stewart, currently serving as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, is taking over for Laurence Alexander, who is stepping down as chancellor after 11 years to accept the same role at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Stewart was named provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs in 2023 following a year-long interim tenure. Prior to her interim position, she served as the dean of the UAPB School of Arts & Sciences from 2013 to 2022. She received her doctorate in social work from Howard University in Washington D.C., and both a master’s in social work and a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

“I am pleased that Dr. Stewart has accepted this appointment as we embark upon the comprehensive search for the next chancellor,” Bobbitt said in a press release. “While I hope we can complete the search expeditiously, I feel it is much more important that we work carefully to find the right person for this critical position. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Stewart, we have the opportunity to be deliberative and strategic in our work.”

Bobbitt will establish a committee to advise him and the University of Arkansas System board of trustees  on identifying and vetting candidates, interviewing semi-finalists and scheduling visits to Arkansas for finalists, aiming to ensure the campus community is engaged in the process.

“I am deeply honored to serve as the interim chancellor of UAPB and thank Dr. Bobbitt for this tremendous opportunity,” Stewart said in the release. “This institution holds a rich legacy of academic excellence and community impact, and I am committed to advancing its mission during this transitional period.”


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