UA Little Rock Chancellor Announces Resignation

Aug 30, 2019

UA Little Rock Chancellor Andrew Rogerson will resign effective Sept. 1, according to a news release.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

UA Little Rock Chancellor Andrew Rogerson announced his resignation Friday, after three years serving in the role. In a statement, Rogerson said his final day leading the institution will be Sept. 1.

“While the institution faces a number of challenges, I have been confident that the university can rebound and continue to serve its unique mission as a comprehensive, urban research university. However, it has become clear that it would be best for me to step aside and allow new leadership to determine the best path forward toward that goal," Rogerson said. 

Rogerson, a Scottish native who came to Little Rock after serving as provost of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif., will remain as a tenured professor for one year before retiring from UA Little Rock in August 2020. 

University of Arkansas System spokesman Nate Hinkel confirmed Rogerson will receive his full chancellor's salary of $350,000 for the remaining year, because he chose to forego the final year of his five-year contract. 

Rogerson's tenure leading the institution was marked by struggles with falling enrollment, budget crises and tensions over eStem Public Charter High School's presence on campus. 

Hinkel said University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt will name an interim chancellor early next week.