Following the recent hiring of Dr. Christina Drale as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock chancellor, a new executive vice chancellor and provost has been appointed at the university.
Drale has tapped Dr. Ann Bain to serve as executive vice chancellor and provost, filing the role that Drale vacated. Bain will assume the new role on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
“Dr. Bain has a proven track record as an educational leader at UA Little Rock,” Drale said. “She has demonstrated her ability to successfully manage a variety of units with an eye towards growth and efficiency. She has built effective student support systems in her college and has cultivated productive relationships with key community partners. Dr. Bain has also played an important role in our institutional efforts towards continuous improvement. She is highly qualified for this position, and I have every confidence that she will continue her excellent work as provost.”
Bain has served in multiple capacities at UA-Little Rock since joining the university in 1987 as an assistant professor of nursing. Her most recent role at the university has been as dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, a role she has served in since 2014. She is the founding dean of the college.
As executive vice chancellor and provost, Bain will be responsible for overseeing all “curricular, instructional and research affairs,” according to a university release. In addition, she will be working on increasing community engagement and strengthening the university’s ties to the greater Little Rock community.
“I’m honored to have been selected for this position and look forward to working with our new leader, Chancellor Drale, the leadership teams, our faculty, staff, and students,” said Bain. “I recognize that I am accepting this position at a challenging time in the history of this university, but with challenging times comes great opportunity.”
In mid-September, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees voted to install Drale as the permanent UA Little Rock chancellor. She replaces former university chancellor Andrew Rogerson, who remains a tenured faculty member.