Tech Names Four Finalists for President

Leigh Whiteside, chair of the advisory committee on presidential search at Arkansas Tech University and member of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees, has announced four finalists in the search for the 12th president of the institution.

The finalists are: Dr. J. William Berry, executive vice president and provost at the University of Dallas (photographed, top left); Dr. Robin E. Bowen, executive vice president and provost at Fitchburg State University (photographed, top right); Dr. Rex Gandy, provost at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (photographed, bottom left); and Dr. Robert J. Marley, vice president for student success at Montana State University (photographed, bottom right).

“On behalf of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees, I want to thank the advisory committee on presidential search for all of their hard work,” said Whiteside. “We had a very competitive pool, and the committee worked with great deliberation to pare down the list of exceptional individuals to a limited short list. In addition to the search advisory committee’s preliminary interviews with these candidates earlier in March, we and our search consultants have had many conversations with individuals who have worked with them and know them well. There is a strong consensus within the search advisory committee that these candidates are capable of providing effective leadership for Arkansas Tech University.”

All four finalists will visit the Arkansas Tech main campus in Russellville and Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus to participate in campus and community forums during the first half of April. Dates and times for each finalist’s campus and community forums will be released in the days to come.

Arkansas Tech is seeking a successor for Dr. Robert C. Brown, who announced on Aug. 23, 2013, that the current academic year would be his last as active president of the university. President at Arkansas Tech since July 1, 1993, Brown has the longest tenure at his present institution among all four-year college and university presidents and chancellors in Arkansas.

Enrollment at Arkansas Tech has increased by 169 percent since 1997, and the institution set its 15th consecutive record enrollment with 11,385 students for the fall 2013 semester. Among all degrees that Arkansas Tech has awarded during its 105-year history, more than 57 percent have been earned during Brown’s 21-year tenure as its president.

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