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Gibson to Chair UA Board; Other Officers and Committees Set for Coming Year

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The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas elected new officers at its Jan. 26-27 regular meeting, and C.C. “Cliff” Gibson III, of Monticello, will serve as chairman of the 10-member board for the upcoming year.

Gibson, other officers and members of a new slate of Board committees appointed by Gibson will start their new roles beginning March 1.

In addition to Gibson being elected as chairman, the trustees voted for Morril Harriman to serve as vice chairman; Ted Dickey to serve as secretary; and Kelly Eichler to serve as assistant secretary. The election was announced following an executive session at the Jan. 26-27 meetings at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Stephen Broughton, M.D., of Pine Bluff, served as chairman in the final year of his 10-year term as a trustee. Trustees are appointed to 10-year terms by the governor.

“We’re going to miss Dr. Broughton’s quiet confidence and loyalty toward furthering the growth and prosperity of all institutions within the UA System,” Gibson said. “I consider it an incredible honor to serve alongside this distinguished board and look forward to working together to continue ensuring the integrity and success of the state’s premier university system.”

Under the umbrella of the UA Board are eight committees in which members are chosen under the discretion of the board chairman. Gibson and the office of UA System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today finalized those committees, which are listed below:

UA Board Committees Effective March 1, 2022:

STANDING COMMITTEES
(meets every Board meeting)

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
Ted Dickey, Chair
Tommy Boyer
Morril Harriman
Sheffield Nelson
Jeremy Wilson
UA System Liaison: Ben Beaumont

AUDIT AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
Kelly Eichler, Chair
Tommy Boyer
Steve Cox
Ted Dickey
Ed Fryar
Morril Harriman
UA System Liaison: Tara Smith

JOINT HOSPITAL
Sheffield Nelson, Chair
Tommy Boyer
Kelly Eichler
Ed Fryar
Morril Harriman
UA System Liaison: Melissa Rust

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
Ed Fryar, Chair
Tommy Boyer
Steve Cox
Ted Dickey
Morril Harriman
Sheffield Nelson
UA System Liaison: Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt

SELECT COMMITTEES
(meets as needed)

AGRICULTURE
Ed Fryar, Chair
Steve Cox
Morril Harriman
Jeremy Wilson

DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Ted Dickey, Chair
Ed Fryar
Morril Harriman
Jeremy Wilson
New Trustee TBD

ATHLETICS
Steve Cox, Chair
Tommy Boyer
Kelly Eichler
Morril Harriman

TWO-YEAR COLLEGES AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS
Jeremy Wilson, Chair
Kelly Eichler
Ed Fryar
Morril Harriman
New Trustee TBDAbout the University of Arkansas System (www.uasys.edu)
Since its inception, the University of Arkansas System has developed a tradition of excellence that includes the state’s 1871 flagship, land-grant research university; Arkansas’s premier institution for medical education, treatment and research; a major metropolitan university; an 1890 land-grant university; two regional universities serving southern and western Arkansas; seven community colleges; two schools of law; a presidential school; a residential math and science high school; and a 100 percent-online university and divisions of agriculture, archeology and criminal justice. As the premier higher education system in the state, it enrolls more than 70,000 students, employs more than 17,000 employees, and has a total budget of more than $4 billion. An intrinsic part of the texture and fabric of Arkansas, the UA System is a driving force in the state’s economic, educational and cultural advancement.

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