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Chancellor

Campus Update, Jan. 26

Board of Trustees of the UA System: It was an honor to represent the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith at the meeting of the Board of Trustees held on the campus of UA-Little Rock on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

January 26, 2024
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Chancellor

AV Campus to Open Thursday, Jan 18

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will resume campus operations on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2024.

January 17, 2024
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Chancellor

Campus Closed Jan 17, 2024.

The AV Emergency Management Team met this morning to discuss the safety of reopening campus tomorrow. Though the National Weather Service predicts mid-day temperatures to be well above freezing, we know that during the early morning and late evening...

January 16, 2024
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Chancellor

Campus Closure Jan 16, 2024

After examining the National Weather Service’s predictions for overnight temperatures in the single digits and in consultation with local law enforcement, the AV Emergency Management Team has made the decision to close the campus and cancel all...

January 15, 2024
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Chancellor

Weather and Safety

Leaders at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith take your safety very seriously. The Chief of Police at the AV Police Department, Chief Ray Ottman, attends National Weather Service weather briefings twice daily to ensure that we have the latest...

January 08, 2024
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Chancellor

Chancellor's End of Semester Update

As we come to the end of fall 2023 I offer my most sincere congratulations to our graduates whose commencement ceremonies are tomorrow. I look forward to celebrating with you and your family and friends!

December 15, 2023
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Chancellor

AV Celebrates Involvement in State Initiatives

There are so many things to celebrate at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, and I appreciate having this venue to share some of it with you.

November 10, 2023
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Chancellor

Fall Filled with Good Weather, Various Activities

This week has been one for near perfect afternoon weather.

November 03, 2023
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Chancellor

Support, Resources Available in Face of Grief

As we move through the midpoint of our academic year, I find myself reflecting on our shared pursuit of education and the vast complexities and challenges that each of us faces in that journey.

October 30, 2023
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Chancellor

Fall Semester Sees Enrollment Gain, Busy Days

It has been a fun and busy start to the fall 2023 semester, so I am writing to give you a few updates of interest.

September 15, 2023
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Chancellor

Welcome to Fall 2023

If you’re looking around and feeling like there is more energy on campus, you’re right.

August 24, 2023
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ChancellorFeatured

AV System Back Online

The AV system is back online after an outage impacted campus on the morning of Thursday, August 17, 2023.

August 17, 2023
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Chancellor

Enrollment, Planning on Chancellor's Mind

Happy Wednesday. I am writing to provide you with a very brief campus update.

July 27, 2023
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Chancellor

AV 2023-2028 Strategic Plan Approved by System Board

I am thrilled to share that the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has approved our Strategic Plan for 2023-2028. This is a significant milestone in our university’s history, and it would not have been possible without your dedicated participation...

May 25, 2023
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Chancellor

Tuition, Budget Approved by UAS Board of Trustees

Today the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved our proposed budget for the 2023-2024 academic year. I am grateful for the care and consideration the board takes in assessing the budgets of the 14 colleges and universities that comprise...

May 25, 2023
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ChancellorNews

Commencement Calls for Strong Finish

In the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to represent AV at several meaningful events that I hope will pay dividends for our university.

May 11, 2023
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ChancellorNews

Spring Beautiful and Busy on Campus

The next few weeks are so busy that most of us will be wishing we could be in two places at once. The Stacey Jones Season of Entertainment schedule is busy this time of the year with the annual Jazz Band concert scheduled for Tuesday night from 7-9...

April 10, 2023
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ChancellorNews

Chancellor Riley Reports Staff Senate Actions, Budget Updates

As the weather warms up, I am so grateful for the signs of spring I see across our beautiful campus. I don’t know about you, but I was really getting tired of leafless trees and dry or dead plants/grass. The rain this week will cause a quick greening...

March 03, 2023
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Chancellor Updates Campus on Homecoming, ‘Spelling Bee,’ Accepted Students

It has been a busy and productive two weeks at AV. We had an amazing Homecoming Week full of campus activities and visits with proud alumni who have a lifelong love for this university. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make all of the events...

February 24, 2023
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ChancellorNews

Chancellor Riley Celebrates Read This! Committee

This note is specifically to lift up and celebrate the work of the Read This Committee whose members, in partnership with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, selected and hosted Pulitzer Prize winning author Colson Whitehead on campus.

February 08, 2023

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