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Hale Named UAFS Provost

Hale Named UAFS Provost(Posted: July 2, 2014)

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has named Dr. Georgia Hale provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs of the University, effective July 1.

Hale came to UAFS in 2004 when she was hired as the associate dean of the College of Business before becoming dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology in 2009. In addition to her duties as dean, she has served as associate provost since December 2013.

Hale earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arkansas State University and holds a doctorate from Arizona State University. She has previously held administrative positions at Arkansas State and Iowa State University, in addition to authoring numerous scholarly articles.

Hale said she is honored to take the role.

"I am humbled to be named the chief academic officer of UAFS," she said. "I look forward to working with others on the UAFS campus to continue to grow our outstanding academic programs, as well as increase student retention and graduation rates."

UAFS Chancellor Dr. Paul B. Beran said he expects Hale to excel at the position.

"Dr. Hale brings a wealth of higher education experience to the position, both from our University and other colleges around the state and nation," Beran said. "I'm confident she will advance the academic interests of our University and our students as we continue to establish UAFS as a premier regional institution."

As provost, Hale will oversee six colleges, including the College of Health Sciences, College of Business, College of Applied Science and Technology, College of Languages and Communication, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Other areas Hale will supervise include the International Relations Office, the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Babb Center for Student and Professional Development. Hale will also oversee the creation of new curriculum and programs and will work to grow the graduate programs offered by the University.

Hale fills the position previously held by Dr. Ray Wallace, who accepted a position as chancellor at Indiana University Southeast, effective July 1.

Article by: John Post, Public Relations Assistant

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