The Clinton School of Public Service will be losing a “skip” in its step next year.
James L. “Skip” Rutherford III will be stepping down as the dean for the school, part of the University of Arkansas system on June 30, 2021. Rutherford was the second dean of the school, succeeding founding dean former U.S. Senator David Pryor in the role.
Over the course of 14 years at the Clinton School, Rutherford has overseen 1,100 field service projects around the globe, including 450 in Arkansas, according to a news release.
The school has developed concurrent degree programs with multiple University of Arkansas colleges, including Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
“Skip has been a part of the Clinton School of Public Service since it was just an idea to create America’s first graduate school for public service. He supported the mission that students should both study and work on public service projects — in Arkansas, across the United States, and around the world,” President Bill Clinton said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Skip for his years of contribution, and wish him all the best as he plans for his retirement next June.”
A new Clinton School dean has not yet been announced. The University of Arkansas is expected to announce details about the search for the next dean “in the coming weeks.”
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