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ATU-Ozark Wishes Dr. Murders, Chief Academic Officer Best in Future Endeavors


Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus wishes Dr. Michael Murders the best as he transitions into a new role starting January 2019 at South Arkansas Community College.

Dr. Michael Murders assumes the duties and responsibilities of Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Murders has served as the chief academic officer at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus in Ozark, AR since 2014.

Prior, Murders was a full-time instructor in math, computer science, business technology, and logistics management at ATU-Ozark in 2010-2014, and an assistant professor of aerospace science at University of Arkansas in 2005-2009.  He retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service during multiple combat deployments.

Murders is a 2017 graduate of the University of Arkansas, earning a doctorate in Higher Education with a specialization in Faculty Leadership.  He is a 1999 graduate of Troy State University of Montgomery in Montgomery, AL, earning a master’s degree in computer information science; and a 1995 graduate of Park University earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science.  He is also a 2018 graduate of the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program.

Additionally, Murders has been active in his community as president and grant lead of the Ozark Rotary Club, member of Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce Education Board, volunteer for multiple community food bank programs, and foster parent for seven years supporting over 40 foster children. Murders and his wife, Leslie, have three daughters, three son-in-laws, and eight grandchildren.


“Dr. Murders worked very hard to make sure that our academic programs were relevant in response to industry demands.  He was also an advocate for the faculty members that he led.  He will be missed by everyone at the Ozark Campus and we wish him luck as he begins the next chapter of his career,” stated Richard Harris, Chief Student Officer.


The ATU-Ozark team thanks Dr. Murders for his dedication and passion for the students at ATU-Ozark and wish him the best in future endeavors.

ATU Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 14-15

Arkansas Tech University will confer approximately 1,170 degrees and other academic credentials during fall 2018 commencement ceremonies at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Students earning degrees from the Arkansas Tech Graduate College will participate in a 7 p.m. ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14.

The 10 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, will include candidates from the College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and College of Natural and Health Sciences.

Individuals graduating from the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of eTech as well as those earning an associate’s degree or an undergraduate certificate will participate in a 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15.

For more information about Arkansas Tech commencement, contact the Office of the Registrar at (479) 968-0272 or visit

Watch a live stream of ATU fall 2018 commencement ceremonies.

Fall 2018 Semester Winding Down at ATU

The end of the fall 2018 semester is near at Arkansas Tech University.

Students follow their regular Monday class schedule on Monday, Dec. 3, and their regular Wednesday class schedule on Tuesday, Dec. 4, which will mark the final day of classes.

Reading Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5, as students and faculty make preparations for final examinations.

Access schedules for final exams on the Russellville campus and the Ozark campus.

Representatives from the ATU Alumni Association will participate in the annual Breakfast During Finals program.

The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center has announced special hours for final exams week.

After grades are submitted, the ATU Office of the Registrar will make final preparations for fall 2018 commencement, which is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15.

Grant Aids Automotive Service Technology

Grant funds from the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission are enhancing automotive service technology instruction at Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC).

ATCC is one of 11 educational outlets in the Natural State that shared in $150,000 in education and training grant funds for 2018 announced by the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission.

According to a news release from the commission, the funds are intended to “provide funds for education and technical training in the field of vehicle service and maintenance in an effort to increase the available workforce of service technicians.”

The education and training grant program was created by Act 258 of 2015. Since the program began, it has awarded approximately $450,000 to 22 secondary and post-secondary institutions of learning.

Learn more about ATCC.