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Watson, Flippo Advance at Williams Baptist (Movers & Shakers)

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Chris Lorch
Chris Lorch of Ozarka College ()

Andrew Watson and Angela Flippo have been assigned new roles at Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge.

Watson has been appointed the university’s associate vice president. He recently served as the school’s director of financial aid. Watson, who has been with the school for 10 years, has also served as admissions counselor, director of admissions and head coach of cross-country/track and field.

Flippo will be the director of the Joy Ring Student Success Center. She worked in the admissions office at Williams for two decades before stepping away but then returned to her vice president’s role in 2018. Flippo succeeds Mary Norvell.


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<p>Andrew Watson and Angela Flippo of Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge</p> ()

Chris Lorch has been appointed provost of Ozarka College in Melbourne, where his responsibilities will include oversight of academics, accreditation, satellite campus operations and auxiliary academic services. The appointment comes after an accreditation reaffirmation visit in March.

Lorch began his career in higher education in 2008 in the Ozarka English Department, and he went on to serve as division chair for arts and humanities and associate vice president for academics.


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Gertrude Thompkins of UA Little Rock ()

Gertrude Thompkins has been hired as a student support specialist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Thompkins will be responsible for offering support and resources to students, including those needing academic support and to those facing emotional and mental health issues, financial stress and personal difficulties.

James Huff, an associate professor of engineering and Honors College faculty fellow at Harding University in Searcy, has received a $575,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, based in Alexandria, Virginia. The grant is for Huff’s research titled “CAREER: Advancing Academic Cultures of Well-being by Understanding Professional Experiences of Engineering Faculty.”


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Daniel Rivera of the Southwest Research & Extension Center near Hope ()

Daniel Rivera has been appointed director of the Southwest Research & Extension Center by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Rivera comes to the SREC, near Hope in Hempstead County, from Mississippi State University, where his research focused on beef cattle production and nutrition.

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