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A-State names new interim chancellor

Dr. Doug Whitlock (Source: Arkansas State University) Dr. Doug Whitlock (Source: Arkansas State University)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas State University has announced a new interim chancellor.

Dr. Doug Whitlock, current President Emeritus of Eastern Kentucky University, was named to the position by System President Dr. Chuck Welch. Welch said Whitlock will start in his position Sept. 12.

Whitlock served as president of Eastern Kentucky for six years until he retired in 2013. He has spent 45 years in higher education.

"Doug has all the experience and character traits that I was hoping to find when I began this search,” Welch said in a news release. “His academic and administrative background comes from an institution very comparable to Arkansas State. I spoke to faculty, staff and Regents at Eastern Kentucky who praised his work in shared governance, his commitment to collaboration and consensus building, and described him as very approachable."

Welch said A-State and Eastern Kentucky share some of the same experiences and have similar challenges, making Whitlock capable of addressing the issues.

"By all accounts, he brought a sense of calmness to the Eastern Kentucky campus during a challenging time in its history, and I’m confident he can do the same at A-State,” Welch added. “When I heard comments like ‘you won’t find anyone better’ and ‘most adored president we have ever had’ from both faculty and administrators at a major public university, I knew Doug would be an ideal choice.  After reading the comments of faculty member Malcolm Frisbee upon Doug’s retirement, I really knew he was the right person for the job.”

Whitlock will move his family to Jonesboro and live in the chancellor's residence. Whitlock's term will end at the end of June, 2017 and will receive a yearly salary of $305,000, "prorated over the term of the agreement".

The move comes after the resignation of Dr. Tim Hudson amid questions about his wife's position with the university.

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