College of Arkansas names Charles Robinson to function the college's first Black chancellor

Charles Robinson was named Wednesday because the chancellor for the College of Arkansas at Fayetteville,…

Charles Robinson was named Wednesday because the chancellor for the College of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the primary Black particular person to guide the flagship campus.

The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously to nominate Robinson, who has served because the almost 31,000-student college’s interim chancellor since August 2021. Robinson has been appointed to a three-year time period.

“He now has the chance to solid a broader imaginative and prescient for advancing the college as a number one public analysis college within the area and elevating its standing on the nationwide stage,” College System President Donald Bobbitt stated in an announcement. “He has a singular means to encourage others and to narrate to the various totally different constituencies throughout the college, and I stay up for working with him to assist make his tenure as Chancellor a hit.”

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Robinson, who has served on the college for 23 years, was most just lately its provost and govt vice chancellor for educational and scholar affairs.

Charles Robinson, proper, is congratulated by associates after being employed because the chancellor of the College of Arkansas throughout a reception on the college’s administration constructing on Nov. 16, 2022, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
(Andy Shupe/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette through AP)

“I’m trying ahead to serving our campus in its entirety and drastically admire the help and confidence proven in me to be a very good steward of the land-grant mission,” Robinson stated.

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The college’s earlier chancellor abruptly resigned final yr, citing the problem of main the varsity in “at present’s polarized society.”