The University of Arkansas has appointed Charles Robinson to serve as the permanent provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. He was appointed interim provost and vice chancellor in July when Jim Coleman stepped down from the role to take a position at University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Robinson will take over the role permanently, effective immediately.
“Since assuming the interim role, Charles has demonstrated the strengths and value in having a singular leader over these two critical yet intertwined areas,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said in a statement. “Charles is the right leader at this time to help us through the various challenges and opportunities we face in advancing the mission of the University of Arkansas. He has a strong connection with the faculty and will work hard to support and develop their academic endeavors. His joint oversight of the academic and student enterprises continues to serve us well as we emphasize the combination of curricular and co-curricular experiences along with health and wellness as part of a holistic approach to student success.”
In his new role, Robinson will oversee all of the college and schools within the university as well as the Global Campus and administrative and academic units.
Before being named the interim provost, Robinson served as vice chancellor for student affairs, a role he held since 2016. He previously was the vice chancellor for diversity affairs.
Robinson joined the University of Arkansas faculty in 1999 and became a full professor of history, serving as the director for the African American Studies program.