When I became chancellor of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith on July 1, 2006, I did so with a great deal of pride because this community understands the importance of higher education. We at UAFS want you — whether you are considering coming to UAFS or whether you've already made that decision — to know that we stand with you as you move forward in this step of your lifelong learning.
UAFS has a rich history that began in 1928, a history that encompasses a deep responsiveness to the citizens of this region and their educational needs. We have a commitment to see that continue, with you and others like you, as you enter this campus and become a part of the UAFS family.
We choose to remember and build on UAFS's origins, but we want to balance that with our commitment to the community to continue to grow and change as needs arise. We also have a new and renewed commitment to economic development for this region, partnering with the City of Fort Smith, the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, and local business and industry.
What does that mean to you? If you are a prospective student who just completed high school, we have what you need right here on our campus. We have modern equipment, fun activities, internships to help you see what the real world of work is like, a comprehensive group of associate degrees and bachelor's degrees, and a dedicated and caring group of faculty and staff to work with you day by day.
If you are an adult student who has been out of school and wants to return, we are here for you as well. UAFS will work with you to plan the next leg of your journey, designed to take you to new heights. We want to assist you as you move forward in the job you are in, or we'll help you as you seek a new line of educational and career opportunities.
We have a number of degrees available to you. We have a campus life program that will involve you in your campus. The UAFS Foundation supports all we do and adds to what we are able to do for our students. The arts feature theater and a great music program. And athletics? You'll love cheering for the Lions as they compete for NCAA Division II titles.
UAFS is a great place to be, and I look forward to sharing it with you.
Paul B. Beran, Ph.D.