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UAFS Sets Public Reception for Mark Horn

UAFS Sets Public Reception for Mark Horn(Posted: May 15, 2014)

The public is invited to a June 5 retirement reception for Mark Horn, vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. The reception will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Fullerton Administration Building.

Horn's upcoming June 30 retirement ends his 22-year career at UAFS and signals more than 40 years of experience in higher education and public sector administration.

Chancellor Paul B. Beran said Horn has been "a key player" for him.

"Mark Horn is someone I can trust and who I know will tell me the truth, good or bad," said Beran. "I have always known that with him the ethical way is the only way. I value these qualities and have depended on Mark for insight and guidance in all things related to how the institution does business."

Beran said he appreciates the role that Horn has had in the emergence of the institution.

"What Mark Horn has done for UAFS has been vitally important to where we are today," said Beran. "He will truly be missed, but we wish him the best as he transitions into the next phase of his life."

Horn first came to UAFS in 1992 and has served the institution under three of the University's identities " Westark Community College, Westark College and UAFS. His first position was vice president for finance and administration from 1992-1997, followed by vice president for planning and accountability from 1997-2002, vice chancellor for planning and budgeting from 2002-2005, vice chancellor for finance and administration from 2005-2011 and vice chancellor for university relations beginning in 2011.

In Horn's current role at UAFS, he works to convey the priorities and mission of the institution by building and strengthening relationships with the University's many stakeholders.

Horn has had a hand in remaking the face of the campus with facility projects he planned and supervised, building the financial strength and capacity of the institution, and strengthening the UAFS Foundation through its earlier formative years. He was also instrumental in leading the efforts that resulted in the creation of the self-funded health plan and outsourcing of dining services and bookstore management.

Horn was recognized last year by the Arkansas Association of College and University Business Officers when he was presented the Lifetime Membership Award "in appreciation for dedicated service and outstanding leadership in Arkansas higher education 1992-2013."

Before assuming a position with the University, Horn was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is a Vietnam veteran who served in both command and staff positions around the world.

Within the community, Horn served 15 years on the Fort Smith Airport Commission, was co-chair of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, was a member of the City of Fort Smith Audit Committee and the Sebastian County Extension Council, and served on the board of the Employers Health Coalition. He presently serves on the board of the Westark Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. His Boy Scouts affiliation has included working in three different Boy Scout Councils and supporting the group at the unit and district levels.

Horn received a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He completed additional studies in national security management through the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. Horn attended the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management in 2008 and is a 1995 graduate of the Leadership Fort Smith program. He and his wife Lynn have two children, Ramsey and Leslie, and four grandchildren.

Article by: Sondra LaMar, Director of Public Relations

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