Arkansas State University - Newport

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Chancellor Position Profile

Arkansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of chancellor of the Newport campus.  The chancellor will function as the chief executive officer of the campus and will report to the Arkansas State University System President.

Established as a stand-alone, two-year college in 2001, Arkansas State University-Newport enrolls more than 2,000 students each fall with the mission of providing an accessible, affordable, quality education that transforms the lives of students, enriches communities and strengthens the regional economy.  ASU-Newport is an institution where students come first, learning is a reality, goals are attained and dreams are fulfilled.  With campus locations in Newport, Jonesboro and Marked Tree, ASU-Newport offers a wide range of educational opportunities including Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, technical certificates, certificates of proficiency and lifelong learning opportunities.  More information about Arkansas State University-Newport can be found at

Arkansas State University-Newport seeks a visionary, inclusive, creative, courageous, and progressive leader to further strengthen and develop the institution.  The successful candidate will have the character and integrity deserving of the public trust, and a demonstrable commitment to the ideals of excellence and diversity.  An earned doctorate or recognized terminal degree and a minimum of five years of executive leadership experience in the community college setting are preferred.

ASU-Newport seeks a chancellor who will continue to create opportunities for student learning and development and enrichment of all members of the campus community, while also creating an environment of teamwork across multiple campus locations.  The successful candidate will have the following characteristics, abilities, and responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership and articulate a vision for the institution that is based on student success, collaboration, exemplary academic programming, and sound fiscal management;
  • Communicate effectively and transparently, and work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, and the system president; 
  • Organize an efficient and responsive structure for the management of academic, student, and financial components of the campus administration that embraces the principles of shared governance and is consistent with board and institutional policies;
  • Support a comprehensive strategic planning process to develop a shared vision for the future of the campus and link planning with budgetary and decision-making processes;
  • Be a willing and visible servant leader who earns the confidence and respect of faculty, staff, students, and alumni by being an effective listener who fosters an excellent rapport with campus constituency groups through open and substantive communication;
  • Work closely with business and industry partners to identify, design, implement, and administer technical education programs;
  • Prepare and recommend to the president regulations, policies, rules, and procedures useful for the welfare of the institution;
  • Recruit, appoint, and evaluate the executive staff of the campus, and make staffing decisions as needed; 
  • Ability to identify, solicit, and secure alternative revenue including private fundraising gifts and governmental or private foundation grants;
  • Community-minded and involved in promoting growth and development of communities served by the college;
  • Diversity of experiences and knowledge, including experience managing complex organizations;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship skills;
  • Knowledge of legislative and governmental processes, and ability to interact effectively with elected officials and policymakers;
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to develop creative and effective strategies to address challenges and opportunities;
  • Knowledge of emerging instructional technologies, and experience in a college classroom setting;
  • Strong knowledge of higher education fiscal affairs, including budgeting, accounting, human resources, and higher education law;
  • Ability to develop relationships locally, statewide, regionally and nationally to increase the visibility of the institution;

With a rich agricultural heritage, a diverse industrial base, and a wide range of cultural and historical sites, Newport is a community of approximately 8,000 people where industry, education and community leaders are working together.  Located just 90 miles from both Memphis and Little Rock, big city life is close enough to enjoy, but far enough away that it doesn't impact the enjoyment of living in a small town.  The community has wonderful opportunities for tourism, shopping, and entertainment. Newport is one of few comparably sized communities that has two 18-hole golf courses, a state park and museum, two annual festivals and a host of community cultural activities for families.  From being a “Keep America Beautiful” affiliate to being an “Arkansas Economic Development Commission Competitive Community”, Newport has been involved in numerous programs that are aimed at keeping the community the kind of place everyone would be proud to call home.  ASU-Newport has additional campus locations in Jonesboro (44 miles) and Marked Tree (54 miles).  Additional information about Newport can be found at

Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.  Under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, applications are subject to public inspection.  The new chancellor will assume office on a date mutually agreed upon with the System President and Board of Trustees.  Application materials (to include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references) must be electronically submitted (MS Word or Adobe PDF) via

Additional information, including an institutional profile, may be found at

 All other communications should be directed to:

Pam Kail
Executive Assistant to the System President
Phone (870) 933-7903

Arkansas State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer