The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith chancellor announces university reorganization

By: | April 14, 2021

The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith will reduce its number of colleges from five to three, discontinue some programs and stop using some facilities, Chancellor Terisa Riley announced in an email.

“Currently employed faculty and staff, other than those who are paid strictly on grant funding, are assured of maintaining employment” at the university in fiscal 2022 with no reduction in salary or demotion, Riley wrote.

“The budget realignment is expected to result in $1,168,850 in continued annual savings or new revenue production for the university, and a one-year surplus of $530,000,” Rachel Putman, associate director for strategic communications, said in an email.

The three-college model will feature the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences; the College of Business and Industry; and the College of Arts and Sciences, Putman said.

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