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.




Paul Beran


Dr. Paul B Beran


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.

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. 

Brad Sheriff


Dr. Bradley W. Sheriff

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Dr. Brad Sheriff joined UAFS 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. Dr. Sheriff has a doctorate in global leadership with a specialization in higher education administration.

Dr. Lee Krehbiel


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. 

Dr. Edward Serna

Dr. Edward Serna

Chief of Staff / Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Edward Serna is currently the chief of staff and vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at UAFS. Prior to joining UAFS, he spent 15 years as a management consultant and program manager for both commercial and government organizations.