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Chancellor Search

This page was established to detail Arkansas State University-Beebe's search for the individual who will serve as the institution's fifth chancellor.  Herein, you will find information and links to documents that follow the process to secure the new chancellor. 

This process is being directed by Dr. Charles Welch, president of the ASU System of higher education institutions across Arkansas.


ASU System President Names

New Chancellor for ASU-Beebe

Jennifer Methvin Appointed Chancellor of Arkansas State University-Beebe

BEEBE, Ark. – Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced the selection of Dr. Jennifer Methvin, who previously spent 23 years in Arkansas higher education, as the next chancellor of ASU-Beebe.

Methvin returns home to Arkansas after spending the last four years as president of Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., and will begin her duties effective July 1, 2018. From 2005-2014, she served as vice chancellor for academics at University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, where Welch was chancellor from 2005-2008. Methvin began her higher education career as an adjunct instructor at ASU-Beebe before being hired as assistant professor of English at the Newport campus of ASU-Beebe in 1993.  (Read full release).


Chancellor Search Process: 

Arkansas State University-Beebe is the oldest two-year college in the state having been founded at Beebe in 1927.  The institution, which now includes campuses at Beebe, Searcy, Heber Springs, Little Rock AFB and online, celebrated its 90th anniversary in education during 2017.

ASU-Beebe operates as a separate entity under the ASU System.  A more detailed history is attached to this page.  ASU-Beebe is currently operating under the direction of Interim Chancellor Roger L. Moore, who was appointed in August of 2017.  A search committee was recently appointed by ASU System President Dr. Charles Welch to assist in recruiting, reviewing and interviewing the applicants for the permanent position as Chancellor of ASU-Beebe.

This page will provide links to documents and information such as the position announcement, and applicant finalists as the Search Committee moves through the process.

Dr. Welch is also open to feedback relevant to this position selection.  A feedback link is included below to submit comments about each candidate - through close of business April 13, 2018.

The previous chancellors for ASU-Beebe are:

  • William Echols   1977 - 1981
  • William H. Owen, Jr.   1981 - 1994
  • Dr. Eugene McKay  1995 - 2016
  • Dr. Karla Fisher  Jan. 2016 - Aug. 2017
  • Roger L. Moore  (interim chancellor)  Aug. 2017 - Present   

April 4, 2018 -- ASU System Office Announces Three Candidates Invited for Chancellor Interviews.

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