After being recently named the interim chancellor for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Christina Drale has been voted by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees to be permanent chancellor.
Drale was named the acting chancellor on Sept. 5, following the resignation of former UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson, which took effect Sept. 1. Rogerson is remaining at the university as a tenured faculty member until Aug. 31, 2020.
University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt recommended Drale as the permanent choice for the position during the system’s board meeting today (Sept. 12).
“Dr. Drale is widely respected on campus and is equipped with the necessary skillset to guide UA Little Rock through the challenges it currently faces and help solidify its unique standing as a comprehensive metropolitan university serving our Capital City and the entire state,” Bobbitt said. “I appreciate her stepping in recently to accept the challenge as acting chancellor and look forward to working with her and supporting her efforts to improve the institution.”
The UA board approved Bobbitt’s recommendation, giving Drale a two-year employment contract. Drale will be tasked with identifying an executive vice chancellor and provost to assume her previous role.
“I’m very pleased to have been given the confidence and support from Dr. Bobbitt and the Trustees to help guide UA Little Rock into a new era of improvement in many areas on campus,” Drale said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to bring the campus and the community together and work with our students, faculty, staff and alumni to move UA Little Rock forward in the most efficient and effective ways possible. I appreciate the supportive reception I’ve gotten so far on campus and in the community, and I look forward to helping make this institution all it can be.”