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. Terisa Riley


Dr. Terisa C. Riley


Dr. Terisa C. Riley is the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. She assumed her duties on July 1, 2019. Prior to her appointment as UAFS Chancellor, Riley served as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Administration at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, as well as holding previous positions as the institution’s chief student affairs officer, chief financial officer, chief administrator, and chief enrollment management officer. Over her 25-year career, Riley has held numerous other appointments in higher education and in her community. 

Dr. Georgia Hale


Dr. Georgia Hale

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. 


Dr. Lee Krehbiel

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. 

Blake Rickman

Blake Rickman

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement & Executive Director of the UAFS Foundation

Blake Rickman joined the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement & Executive Director of the UAFS Foundation in 2018. Prior to his appointment, he served as the senior director of development and external relations at the Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville capping more than a decade of advancement-related service to the U of A.