Anglin Named Interim VP for Academic Affairs

Dr. A.J. Anglin has been selected to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.

A native of Siloam Springs, Anglin brings 40 years of experience in higher education to his new role at Arkansas Tech. He will begin his duties on Jan. 5, 2015.

Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president of Arkansas Tech, said it is anticipated that Anglin will serve as interim vice president for academic affairs for a period of 18 months. She said the institution intends to have a permanent leader for its academic affairs division in office on or around July 1, 2016.

“Dr. Anglin has extensive experience in strategic planning, which will be a focus on our campus during his tenure at Arkansas Tech,” said Bowen. “He shares our institutional ethic of serving a diverse community of learners and providing each student with access to resources that will help them persist to graduation. We are excited to welcome Dr. Anglin to the Tech family.”

Anglin will succeed Dr. John W. Watson, who has served as vice president for academic affairs since 2008 and was granted a change in assignment by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees so that he could return to full-time teaching at the university.

Watson’s final day as vice president for academic affairs will be Dec. 31, 2014. A tenured member of the faculty, Watson will assume the title distinguished professor of mathematics on Jan. 1, 2015.

Anglin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from John Brown University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical chemistry from the University of Arkansas. He participated in a National Science Foundation research grant at Brandeis University and the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

After serving as a chemistry faculty member and administrator at Taylor University (Ind.) from 1970-82, Anglin went on to serve as vice president and academic dean at Aurora University (Ill.) from 1982-85, vice president for academic affairs at John Brown University from 1985-91, provost at Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) from 1991-96, president at Trinity Christian College (Ill.) from 1996-2002, vice president for academic affairs at Waynesburg University (Pa.) from 2003-08 and vice president for academic affairs at Missouri Southern State University from 2010-12.

Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech University serves 12,003 students on campuses in Russellville and Ozark. It is one of the three largest universities in Arkansas and was ranked by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 10 fastest-growing public master’s degree-granting institutions in the United States in 2013 and 2014.

Photo courtesy Missouri Southern State University.

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