An acting chancellor has been named for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the wake of the chancellor’s recent resignation.
Christina Drale, Ph.D., has been appointed acting chancellor by University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt. According to a university release, Drale will serve in the role “as Bobbitt considers a plan for the future leadership of the campus.”
UA Little Rock Chancellor Andrew Rogerson resigned from his position, effective Sept. 1. While he is resigning as chancellor, he is remaining as a tenured faculty member until Aug. 31, 2020.
In a statement, Rogerson said he felt the university needed new leadership. He has served as chancellor since 2016.
“While the institution faces a number of challenges, I have been confident that the university can rebound and continue to serve its unique mission as a comprehensive, urban research university. However, it has become clear that it would be best for me to step aside and allow new leadership to determine the best path forward toward that goal,” Rogerson said.
Drale is currently serving as the interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and as provost and chief academic officer for UA-Little Rock. She has served in administrative roles at the university since 2006, when she was named the associate dean of the College of Professional Studies, followed by her role as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.
“In her time in the provost position, Dr. Drale has shown to be a very capable leader and I am grateful to her for stepping up to serve UA Little Rock as acting chancellor,” Bobbitt said. “She has my full confidence and support as we work through a long-term plan for the institution.”