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The Arkansas State University Chancellor Search Advisory Committee and ASU System President Dr. Charles L. Welch announced that four finalist candidates have accepted invitations to visit the campus in Jonesboro and formally interview for the position.


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Dr. Walter Kimbrough

President

Dillard University

Visiting Campus: June 27-28

Kimbrough has been president of Dillard University since 2012 and announced last year that he would step down this month to pursue other opportunities. He served as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock from 2004-2012 and was vice president for student affairs at Albany State University in Albany, Ga., from 2000-2004. He also served at Emory University, Georgia State University and Old Dominion University.

Education: 1996 – Ph.D., Higher Education, Georgia State University; 1991 — M.S., College Student Personnel Services, Miami University; 1989 – B.S., Agriculture, University of Georgia.

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Candidate Open Forum

Dr. Walter Kimbrough's campus presentation was Tuesday, June 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Reng Student Union.

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Dr. Karen Petersen

Dr. Karen Petersen

Dean, Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences

University of Tulsa

Visiting Campus: June 22-23

Petersen has served as dean of the Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Tulsa since February 2021. She was previously dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, where she was also a professor of political science. Her publications include journal articles on interstate conflict, terrorism, the federal courts, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and pedagogical issues related to online learning.

Education: 2004 – Ph.D., Political Science, Vanderbilt University; 2002 – M.A., Political Science, Vanderbilt University; 1998 – B.S., International Relations, Middle Tennessee State University.

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Candidate Open Forum

Dr. Karen Petersen's campus presentation was Thursday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Reng Student Union.

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Dr. Todd Shields

Dr. Todd Shields

Dean, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

University of Arkansas

Visiting Campus: June 28-29

Shields has served as dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas since 2014. He was previously associate director of the J. William Fulbright Institute of International Relations, director of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, interim dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, and dean of the Graduate School and International Education. He led the creation of the School of Art in 2017 following an unprecedented $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation and is guiding the construction of the Windgate Art and Design District in Fayetteville.

Education: 1994 – Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kentucky; 1991 – M.A., Political Science, University of Kentucky; 1990, B.A., Political Science and B.A., Psychology, Miami University.

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Candidate Open Forum

Dr. Todd Shields' campus presentation was Wednesday, June 29, at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Reng Student Union.

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Dr. Lance Tatum

Dr. Lance Tatum

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer and Provost

Troy University

Visiting Campus: June 21-22

Tatum has served as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Troy since 2019, where he is also a professor in the Sorrell College of Business and its school of hospitality, sport and tourism management. He previously served four years as vice chancellor for Troy’s campus in Montgomery, Ala., four years as vice chancellor for Troy’s Global Campus, and began his academic administrative career as dean of the College of Education at Troy.

Education: 1993 – Ph.D., Sport Management, Florida State University; 1989 – M.S. Ed., Foundations of Education, Troy State University; 1988, B.S., Physical Education, Troy State University.

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Candidate Open Forum

Dr. Lance Tatum's campus presentation was Wednesday, June 22, at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Reng Student Union.

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