Dr. Karla Hughes, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello since 2016, will retire at the end of the year.

Dr. Karla Hughes, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has announced her retirement effective December 31.

Hughes has led the campus since she was appointed by University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt in January 2016.

“I’m proud of the progress we have made in the last four years, especially in demonstrating that UAM is, without question, a student-centered destination for higher education,” Hughes said. “Dr. Bobbitt and I discussed the challenges, both internal and external, that UAM has faced during my tenure, and we both felt the best step forward for the university was that I resign as chancellor.”

Bobbitt said he will turn his attention to planning for the future leadership of UAM.

“We appreciate the diligent work ethic and unmatched energy Dr. Hughes consistently brought to the table, along with her genuine passion for student success and being a part of the campus community at UAM,” Bobbitt said. “There’s no question that there are many challenges ahead facing the campus to help meet its unique regional and economic needs and finding the right leadership for the institution will be a top priority moving forward.”

Hughes, UAM’s 12th chief executive officer and the first female to lead a four-year UA System institution, came to the university in 2016 from her role as executive vice president and provost of the University of Louisiana System in Baton Rouge, where she worked to support nine regional, comprehensive state universities.

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