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Position Announcement


Arkansas State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff and administration. In support of this commitment, Arkansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of chancellor of the Jonesboro campus. The chancellor functions as the chief executive officer of the campus and reports to the Arkansas State University System president.


Continuing its growth, Arkansas State University seeks a visionary, innovative, and consensus-building individual to lead the university in its second century of service.  The preferred candidate will have a sustained record of character and integrity deserving of the public trust, an earned doctorate or recognized terminal degree, a minimum of five years of leadership experience in a university setting, a demonstrable commitment to the ideals of excellence, diversity, community engagement, and student success, and a successful track record working in an environment of strong shared governance.


The university seeks a chancellor who will continue to increase student-centered academic opportunities, maintain research university status, provide strategic guidance to the campus community in a time of rapid technological and cultural change, and administer the following responsibilities:

  • Aggressively champion and fulfill the five goals of the university’s “Discover 2025” Strategic Plan.
    1. Develop a more diverse learning community and innovative environment that provides engaged and continuous support for future and current students to pursue lifelong goals.
    2. Invest in viable and relevant academic programs designed to meet the needs of our students and their future employers.
    3. Invest in academic research, scholarly activities and creative endeavors (faculty and student) that build on academic strengths and leverage regional opportunities.
    4. Strengthen the university’s engagement with the community through economic and cultural endeavors.
    5. Improve campus culture and promote shared values.
  • Be a willing and visible servant-leader who earns the confidence and respect of faculty, staff, students, and alumni by being an effective listener who fosters an excellent rapport with all campus constituency groups through open, inclusive and substantive communication and engagement;

  • Provide strategic leadership and articulate a distinctive shared vision and mission for the institution that is based on student success, collaboration among campus constituencies, exemplary academic programming, and sound fiscal management;

  • Provide strategic leadership in developing and implementing comprehensive enrollment management plans focused on student recruitment, retention and success;
  • Provide strategic leadership in recruiting and retaining a strong, diverse faculty and staff for the university;
  • Actively engage and participate in efforts to develop relationships with university donors and secure private funds to support university activities;
  • Organize an efficient and responsive structure for the management of academic, student, and financial components of the campus administration that embraces the principles of shared governance and is consistent with board and institutional policies;
  • Seek entrepreneurial opportunities to generate additional revenue streams which advance the university’s mission, including promotion of a culture that recognizes the value of intellectual property and technology transfer through licensing and partnerships;
  • Communicate effectively and transparently, and work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, ASU System officials, and the community at large;
  • Possess academic teaching experience and a strong commitment to teaching, student learning, cultural pluralism, scholarly contributions/research, academic integrity, and academic freedom;
  • Position the university as a vital component of the economic engine of the state of Arkansas and the Delta region by developing strong relationships with business and industry partners;
  • Position the university as a vital component of the cultural activities of the state of Arkansas and the Delta region by developing strong relationships with cultural partners;
  • Represent the campus and the university with fairness and integrity;
  • Support A-State’s Division I Red Wolves intercollegiate athletics program and foster an environment of competitive success, student success and compliance.

About A-State

Founded in 1909 and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, the university has maintained its student-centered teaching tradition while achieving Carnegie R2 status as a national doctoral-granting university.  A-State offers 47 degree programs within 163 major fields of study across the doctoral, specialist, master, bachelor, and associate degree levels.  A-State Online is the largest provider of digitally accessible programming in the state of Arkansas.  The Jonesboro campus is host to the first osteopathic medical school in Arkansas, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State, and operates the first American-style residential campus in Mexico, A-State Campus Querétaro.  The university has doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership, Environmental Science, Heritage Studies, Molecular Biosciences, Nursing Practice, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.  The Division I Red Wolves intercollegiate athletics program competes at the FBS level as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.  Home to more than 13,000 students, including from over 50 countries, and more than 100,000 alumni, Arkansas State University is the largest of the Arkansas State University System. More information about Arkansas State University can be found in our institutional profile, and more information about the ASU System can be found at ASUSystem.edu.

About Jonesboro

The campus is located in Jonesboro, a city of more than 80,000 residents, and the Jonesboro Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of almost 140,000. Jonesboro enjoys a diversified economy based on health care, education, agriculture, food processing plants, and industrial manufacturing. The city serves an 18-county retail trade area of a half million residents. Jonesboro also boasts a vibrant downtown entertainment district that features fine dining establishments, art galleries, musical performances and other cultural activities. Memphis is approximately 75 miles to the southeast; Little Rock is 130 miles to the southwest; and the Ozark Mountain foothills are 50 miles to the west. 

Additional information about the community can be found at JonesboroChamber.com

Application Review

Review of applications will begin on May 23, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.  Under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, applications are subject to public inspection.  The new chancellor will assume office on a date mutually agreed upon with the System President and Board of Trustees. 

How to Apply

Application materials (to include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references) must be electronically submitted (MS Word or Adobe PDF) via president@ASUSystem.edu.

More Information

All other communications should be directed to Pam Kail, executive assistant to the system president, president@ASUSystem.edu, phone (870) 933-7903.