Christina Drale, who’s been interim executive vice chancellor and provost of UA Little Rock, has been named acting chancellor by Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System.

Andrew Rogerson was forced out as chancellor effective Sept. 1 amid a continuing decline in enrollment, budget cuts and other campus issues.

Drale will serve while Bobbitt considers future leadership. He’s talking to interested parties in advance of a Sept. 12-13 meeting of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. There’s been some sentiment on the faculty for elevating an internal person for campus leadership.


From a release:

“In her time in the provost position, Dr. Drale has shown to be a very capable leader and I am grateful to her for stepping up to serve UA Little Rock as acting chancellor,” Bobbitt said. “She has my full confidence and support as we work through a long-term plan for the institution.”

Drale previously served as associate vice chancellor for faculty relations and administration. She earned a doctorate degree in sociology, a Master of Arts in sociology, and a Bachelor of Arts in communications, all from the University of California, San Diego.