Charles Robinson, the first Black leader of the campus’ flagship campus, was elected chancellor of Arkansas at Fayetteville on Wednesday.
Robinson has been the interim chancellor at the school, which is home to nearly 31,000 students, since August 2021. The university’s trustees unanimously voted to appoint him. Robinson was elected to a three year term.
Donald Bobbitt, President of University System, stated that he now has the chance to have a wider vision for the university’s advancement as a leading public research university in this region and elevating its status on the national stage. He has the unique ability to inspire others, to connect with the many constituencies at the university. I look forward working with him to make his tenure as Chancellor a success.
Robinson has been with the university since 1993. He was its most recent provost and executive vice-chancellor for academic and student affairs.
Robinson stated, “I look forward to serving the entire campus and I greatly appreciate the support shown in me to act as a good steward for the land-grant missions.”
Last year, the university’s former chancellor abruptly resigned. He cited the challenge of leading school in “today’s polarized society”.