University or college of Arkansas names Charles Robinson to serve as typically the university’ s first Dark-colored chancellor

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has named Charles Robinson to be the new chancellor. Robinson is the first Black chancellor in the school's history.

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.

Charles Robinson (right) is congratulated and praised by his associates upon being appointed as the University of Arkansas chancellor during a reception held at the university’s administration building in Fayetteville on November 16, 2022. (Andy Shupe/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat–Gazette via AP).

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.”

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Last year, the university’s former chancellor abruptly resigned. He cited the challenge of leading school in “today’s polarized society”.

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