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ASU System Names Robin Myers Interim President

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Trustees for the Arkansas State University System on Friday voted to name Robin Myers interim president, effective Jan. 15.

Myers, the chancellor emeritus at the system’s Mountain Home campus, will take over for System President Chuck Welch, who is resigning in the new year to be president and CEO of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Myers will not be a candidate for the permanent position. Instead, the ASU System will begin a search for a successor in January with the aim to hire someone by May.

“We will be reviewing search firm options in the next two weeks,” Trustee Price Gardner of Little Rock said in a news release. Gardner is chair of the board’s search process. 

“It’s an attractive position, and we expect to have a quality pool of candidates,” he said. “We’re not looking for someone to make significant changes or overhaul things. We have one of the strongest system staffs and group of chancellors in the country. We’re hiring from a position of strength and don’t want to lose momentum.”

Welch, who announced his new job on Nov. 14, attended the Friday board meeting and called the move “bittersweet.” But he said “we’re excited about the opportunities the new role will provide to be able to continue to influence higher education.” He said it had been “the honor of my life” to work in the ASU System.

Board Chair Jerry Morgan of Jonesboro said trustees chose Myers as interim president because of his familiarity with the system and its leadership, as well as his understanding of the system’s priorities.

Myers became chancellor of ASU-Mountain Home on July 16, 2012. Under his leadership, the campus added new technical programs, rebranding itself and survived the COVID-19 pandemic. The campus also partnered with the community to create a disc golf course, a walking and biking trail, and a community holiday festival.

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