Charles F. Robinson, Ph.D. has been selected as the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. This makes Robinson the first Black chancellor of the university.
The Board voted unanimously to appoint Robinson, who has served as interim chancellor since Aug. 16, 2021, to a three-year employment term as chancellor.
“Dr. Robinson has proven to be a very good steward of the university and its Land-grant mission during his time as interim Chancellor,” President Donald R. Bobbitt said. “He now has the opportunity to cast a broader vision for advancing the university as a leading public research university in the region and raising its status on the national stage. He has a unique ability to inspire others and to relate to the many different constituencies across the university, and I look forward to working with him to help make his tenure as Chancellor a success.”
Robinson said he was eager to get to work.
“I’m looking forward to serving our campus in its entirety and greatly appreciate the support and confidence shown in me to lead the university and advance our land-grant mission,” Robinson said.
As interim chancellor, Robinson worked to better manage university resources, expand student success services, increase scholarship dollars for Arkansas students, support the expansion of research and to position the university as an employer of choice. As a result of his leadership, the university was able to add $1 million to the general scholarship pool for Arkansans while keeping tuition and fee increases to less than one percent for in-state residents.
Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in history from Rice University and a doctorate in history from the University of Houston. He has authored numerous books and peer reviewed articles.