Real People. Real Commitment.
Nothing makes us prouder than the people who make up UAFS. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are fresh out of high school. Others have spent years in the work force or caring for families—and often doing both. Many come from the small towns that are the backbone of Arkansas and Oklahoma, while others come from our nation’s biggest cities. They share a genuine desire to learn, to explore, and to make better lives for themselves.
Our faculty members come from some of the nation’s most prestigious graduate schools, as well as some of the most successful businesses and civic institutions. They come to UAFSbecause they know that here they can make a genuine difference in the lives of their students, and they're eager to share their deep understanding of the way the world really works.
Dr. Paul B. Beran joined the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith as its chancellor on July 1, 2006. Beran came to Fort Smith from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he served as president for five years, working closely with state and federal legislators to advance higher education in Oklahoma.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dr. Georgia Hale assumed her duties as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in July 2014. Previously, she served as dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and an associate dean of the College of Business.
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Brad Sheriff joined the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in May 2016 as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. He came to us from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he had served as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance for Academic Affairs since June 2012.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dr. Lee E. Krehbiel has served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs since September 2009. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Dr. Mary Bane Lackie joined the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith as associate vice chancellor of development in January 2013. In February 2014, Lackie became the vice chancellor for university advancement at UAFS.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and University Relations
Dr. Underwood serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor, Government and University Relations at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. She is responsible for government relations encompassing federal, state, and local policy.
Chief of Staff / Associate Vice Chancellor for External Funds
Dr. Edward Serna is currently the chief of staff and associate vice chancellor for external funding at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Prior to joining UAFS, he spent 15 years as a management consultant and program manager for both commercial and government organizations.