ASU Trustees Appoint First Chancellor for Jonesboro Campus

OCTOBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 2:44 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Dr. Robert Potts, a veteran administrator in higher education, was selected this afternoon to serve as the first chancellor of the Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University.  The Board of Trustees met in special session this afternoon to act on a recommendation by Dr. Les Wyatt, system president, following an extensive search process that began early this year.

"I am pleased to recommend Dr. Robert L. Potts to the Board of Trustees as a person who has the credentials and the vision to lead Arkansas State University at Jonesboro," Dr. Wyatt said.  "As we approach our centennial and continue serving our students in the best ways possible, Robert's experiences in higher education leadership will serve us well into the future."

Potts has a distinguished career in higher education, serving the past two years as chancellor of the North Dakota University System.  He resigned the chancellorship in August, but has continued to serve as a consultant to the system.  He previously served as president of the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL for more than 14 years.

Potts was selected from a group of six finalists for the chancellor's position.