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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Dr. Timothy Burcham Appointed Dean of College of Agriculture and Technology


JONESBORO – At the annual honors banquet for the College of Agriculture and Technology Thursday evening, Dr. Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, announced that Arkansas State University has appointed Dr. Timothy N. Burcham to become dean of the college, effective July 1.

“We believe Dr. Burcham will provide visionary leadership for the College of Agriculture and Technology, and we are impressed with his great capacity for forging strong relationships with all of the college’s stakeholders,” Dr. Cooksey said in announcing the appointment.

“I look forward to having Dr. Burcham as part of the academic leadership team at Arkansas State,” she continued. “He will be joining an excellent faculty, which has had excellent leadership this year from Interim Dean Donald (Bud) Kennedy. We appreciate Dr. Kennedy’s service.”

Dr. Burcham currently is professor and interim chair of the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee-Martin. He also serves as director of the Center of Excellence in Experiential Learning in the Agricultural Sciences, which includes a 640-acre teaching farm, and administrator of the Tennessee Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences. He previously held the Gilbert Parker Chair of Excellence.

In a note to faculty Thursday, Dr. Burcham said, "I am humbled to be entrusted with leadership for the College of Agriculture and Technology at Arkansas State University. When one looks at the dynamics of a growing world population (projected world population of 10 billion by 2050), it is clear that advancements in agriculture and technology are essential for humanity to thrive.

“The College of Agriculture and Technology is uniquely positioned to provide the educational, research, and outreach programs to meet these challenges,” he continued. “The synergies (undergraduate and graduate education, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, partnerships with University of Arkansas Extension and Research, and the ASU Farm) provide an outstanding foundation for the College of Agriculture and Technology to provide leadership in meeting the needs of a growing world. I am excited about the opportunity for new synergies with ASU stakeholders that provide win-win partnerships for our campus and our graduates."

The new dean has co-authored numerous research articles in professional journals and Extension publications, and he holds two patents regarding water management systems. He has been principal investigator for several research grants.

His classroom experience also includes serving as associate professor of bio-environmental engineering at Mississippi State University, and assistant professor of water quality at the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, Agricultural Engineering Department, in Knoxville.

Dr. Burcham’s academic credentials include a doctoral degree in agricultural engineering from Clemson University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Mississippi State University. He also is a registered professional engineer and president of a private corporation, Innovative Biosystems Engineering.

He and his wife, Joan, are the parents of two daughters, Hannah, a graduate of UT-Martin and Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, and Megan, who is presently a junior in mechanical engineering at UT-Martin.

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Dr. Timothy Burcham
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