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Banking & Finance / Energy

Michael Hoggard Named CFO at Generations Bank (Movers & Shakers)

He has more than 40 years of community banking experience. read more >

Bob Fisher Named Interim Chancellor of Henderson State

He's the former president of Belmont University, a private Christian university in Nashville, Tennessee. read more >

Phoenix Moves On From UA System, Agrees to $550M Deal With University of Idaho

The University of Idaho said it was approached by Phoenix about an affiliation in March, after the proposed deal with the UA System had come under scrutiny. read more >
Bill Halter, CEO, Scenic Hill Solar, said his company “realizes that the pandemic will mean challenges for financing and the industry.”
Banking & Finance / Construction / Education / Energy

Scenic Hill Solar Lands $100M Project for UA System

Scenic Hill Solar of Little Rock will create the state’s largest commercial solar project for the University of Arkansas System. read more >
A University of Phoenix office in Carson, California

UA System Board Votes Against University of Phoenix Deal

At a special meeting, trustees voted 5-4 against a resolution supporting the deal, with one trustee abstaining. But that doesn't mean the deal is dead. read more >
Summer DeProw

Summer DeProw Named Chancellor of Pulaski Tech

DeProw, who currently serves as provost/vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, is expected to begin her new role on Jan. 1. read more >
Business Services / Education / Legal

Tech Firm Sues UA BoardLock Icon

A Reston, Virginia, technology company said it entered into multimillion-dollar contracts with the board of trustees of the University of Arkansas only to later learn that the board doesn’t have the money for the company’s work. read more >
Brian Keltch

Keltch Climbs Ladder at UA Little Rock (Movers & Shakers)

Brian Keltch has been promoted to chief information officer read more >
Deacue Fields
Agriculture & Poultry / Education

Deacue Fields Recommended as Next Head of UA Division of Agriculture

He's been the dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences since 2017. read more >
Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education
Business Services / Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Investments / Media & Marketing

Arkansas Colleges Shrinking, and ‘Cliff’ Still LoomsLock Icon

A recent college attendance dip in Arkansas doesn’t reflect the “enrollment cliff” that higher education leaders have harped about for years. It’s been more of a slow roll down to the edge. read more >
Erin Finzer of UA Little Rock

UA Little Rock Gets $1.9M Grant for Cyber CentersLock Icon

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has applied for two grants worth $2 million each that would support “secure operation centers” on its campus and six other University of Arkansas System schools. read more >
University of Arkansas System CFO Tara Smith 
Banking & Finance / Education

Tara Smith Named CFO of UA System

She takes over on March 1 for Gina Terry, who retired Jan. 31 after more than 20 years with the UA System. read more >
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Construction / Education / Health Care / Real Estate

Calling Hogs, and Others Needing Orthopedic CareLock Icon

Wes Cox and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are serious about making northwest Arkansas an orthopedic hub. read more >
University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College Chancellor Margaret Ellibee 

UA-Pulaski Tech Chancellor Margaret Ellibee Announces Retirement

She has led the two-year college since 2012 and overseen its merger with the UA System. read more >
The Jack Stephens Center, home to the UA Little Rock Trojan basketball teams.

With Eye on Athletics Revenue, UA Little Rock Switches Conference

The school is joining the Ohio Valley Conference, where it believes it will fare better financially and competitively. read more >

Brian Shonk Picked to be Next Chancellor at UA’s Community College at Batesville

He has worked for the two-year university since 2013. read more >
University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College Chancellor Margaret A. Ellibee says students’ family needs have contributed to enrollment declines amid the pandemic.

Community Colleges Deal With Enrollment DeclinesLock Icon

School leaders are thrilled to see students in person but mindful of new needs. read more >
Dave Wengel
Business Services / Education / Technology

iDatafy Plans Better Way to Link Employers, Talent

iDatafy of Little Rock has launched its SmartResume Certified Job Talent Marketplace, designed to connect employers to white- and blue-collar job seekers who actually have the skills they’re looking for. read more >
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, the new dean of the University of Arkansas System's Clinton School of Public Service. She was selected to lead the school after the retirement of longtime dean James "Skip" Rutherford. 
Government & Politics

Texas’ Victoria DeFrancesco Soto Picked To Be Next Clinton School Dean

Her areas of expertise include immigration, women and politics, and political psychology. read more >
Education / Media & Marketing

Fulbright’s Feet of Clay Seen AnewLock Icon

The debate over whether to remove a monument to J. William Fulbright puts the legacy of the Arkansas senator to the test. read more >