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Dr. Tim Hudson forms transition advisory committee


Dr. Tim Hudson, who will officially begin his duties as chancellor of the ASU-Jonesboro campus on May 1, announced today that he is forming a transition advisory committee to assist him by providing advice and consultation over the next few weeks.

"This is an important time of change for everyone," Hudson explained.  "I am grateful that colleagues proven to have the confidence of others have agreed to provide me counsel and to give me context for planning this transition.  I want everyone to know that I welcome their input and especially their ideas, directly or through the committee."

Those he has asked to serve on the transition committee are Hunter Petrus, president of the Student Government Association; Dr. Robert Engelken, professor of electrical engineering; Dr. Beverly Boals Gilbert, dean of Continuing Education and Community Outreach and past president of the Faculty Association; Dr. JW Mason, associate vice chancellor for administration; and Ed Way, chair of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and executive vice president at Liberty Bank.

The committee will have a relatively short term mission, as Hudson expects the group to “advise itself out of business" during the early part of the fall semester.

“I am very excited to serve on this transition committee,” commented Petrus, who is starting his second term as president of the Student Government Association.  “I believe that this is an outstanding idea that will really benefit Arkansas State University.  I am ready to work under Dr. Hudson's leadership and I believe that this is a great start.”

Dr. Mason, who has observed numerous administrative changes during his career at ASU, added, “Utilizing a small group to assist with the transition is an interesting, novel approach for a new chancellor.  I think this demonstrates Dr. Hudson’s desire to reach out to the campus community and to make himself more available.”

Although his appointment officially begins May 1, Dr. Hudson is spending some time on campus this month, attending special events and becoming more familiar with the university.          


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