The board of trustees of the University of Arkansas today approved the selection of Charles F. Robinson as the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The board voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Robinson, who has served as interim chancellor since August 16, 2021.
“I’m looking forward to serving our campus in its entirety and greatly appreciate the support and confidence shown in me to lead the university and advance our land-grant mission,” Dr. Robinson said.
The University of Arkansas Fayetteville is the flagship campus of the state university system. It enrolls more than 24,000 undergraduate students and nearly 5,000 graduate students, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans are just 4 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Before being named interim chancellor, Dr. Robinson was provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. He was named provost in 2020 and has served as vice chancellor of student affairs since 2015. Dr. Robinson’s time at the University of Arkansas spans more than 20 years, beginning as an assistant professor of history. He has also served as chair of the African and African American studies program and vice provost for diversity.
Dr. Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Houston. He holds a master’s degree in history from Rice University and a doctorate in history from the University of Houston.