University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College administrator Summer DeProw has been named the next chancellor of the two-year college in North Little Rock.
DeProw, who currently serves as provost/vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, is expected to begin her new role on Jan. 1.
The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees selected her for the job on the recommendation of System President Donald Bobbitt. She follows Margaret Ellibee, who retired in June after leading the two-year college since 2012. Ana Hunt, associate provost, has been serving as interim chancellor.
DeProw was chosen over Wade Derden, vice president for academic affairs at National Park College, and Ted A. Lewis, provost and vice president of academic and student affairs at Bluefield State University in West Virginia. Bobbitt said that during the selection process, “it became clear that Dr. DeProw’s institutional knowledge and the support of her colleagues and students” made her the best fit for the job.
DeProw previously served as the assistant vice chancellor for assessment and accreditation at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Her academic career began at Williams Baptist University, where she was the business department chair and later associate professor of business.
“I was honored and humbled to be considered among such highly qualified, innovative higher education leaders,” DeProw said in a statement. “It’s truly an honor to have earned Dr. Bobbitt’s recommendation and the Board’s approval.
“I look forward to taking on my new role and am grateful to have the opportunity to build upon the positive momentum UA-PTC has to serve students and the workforce in central Arkansas.”