LITTLE ROCK (Oct. 14, 2021) — A national search by a committee formed to find the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) has announced schedules for four finalists that will visit campus and hold public forums Oct. 18-26.

The four finalists, who were announced earlier this month, will each take part in a “Community Partners Session” that will be open to the public both on campus and live-streamed through UACCB’s YouTube channel. Each candidate will also spend a day meeting with various campus, community, and UA System stakeholders.

The finalists, dates of their visits and links to their public forums are:

Dr. Brian Shonk (3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Oct. 18):

Dr. Jeff Jochems (3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Oct. 19):

Dr. Scott Cook (3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Oct. 25):

Dr. Randy Smith (3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Oct. 26):

“We’re very excited to welcome each finalist to campus and allow faculty, students, and staff – as well as the greater Batesville community – the chance to get to know each one and learn more about their unique vision to move UACCB into the future,” said Marietta Candler, search committee chair, program coordinator of Nursing and Allied Health at UACCB and a 27-year employee at the institution. “We encourage the public to tune in or come to campus for each public forum and participate in the process.”

The search drew candidates from 23 states and two countries from which the finalists were chosen. Former Chancellor Deborah Frazier, who was named chancellor at UACCB in 2007, retired May 31 and Zachary Perrine has been leading the institution as interim chancellor since June 1.

UA System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt and Chris Thomason, vice president for planning and development for the UA System, are leading the search with input from the committee, and the finalists will ultimately be considered by Bobbitt before taking his pick to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas for final approval.

For more information on the finalists, click here.

Images via UACCB

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