Retirement Reception & Grand Opening Next Week

UACCM invites the community to attend a retirement reception honoring Chancellor Nathan Crook on Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the new UACCM Leadership Development Institute at 115 Broadway in downtown Morrilton and will also serve as the grand opening celebration for the newly-renovated facility.

Chancellor Crook will step down on June 30, 2010, ending a 25-year stretch of leadership at the college. Student enrollment during Crook’s tenure has exhibited unprecedented growth, increasing by more than 660 percent since the institution became a two-year college in 1991 and more than 100 percent since merging with the University of Arkansas System in 2001. In each of the past five years, UACCM has averaged a 10.2 percent increase in student enrollment over the previous year. He has also overseen a great physical growth of the campus, with the construction of several major academic and student support buildings including the UACCM Technology II Building, Earle Love Child Study Center, Science Building, Plaza, Fine Arts Building, Fine Arts Auditorium, Business Technology Center, University Center and Library Complex.

Beyond the campus in Morrilton, partnerships have been forged under Crook’s leadership with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, University of Arkansas at Monticello, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Criminal Justice Institute of the University of Arkansas System. These partnerships have made expanded educational options available via on-campus compressed video and online degree-transfer programs.

Among Crook’s most recent accomplishments is the expansion of UACCM into historic downtown Morrilton with the creation of the UACCM Leadership Development Institute. The new facility is home to the UACCM Community Outreach Department and features a gallery and reception area, a classroom, computer lab, community room, two conference rooms and several offices. The building serves the Community Outreach Department by serving as a venue for community education classes and workforce training initiatives.

During the open house, members of the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to cut the ribbon to the new facility before visitors are given the opportunity to congratulate Chancellor Crook on his retirement and take informal tours of the building while enjoying refreshments. For more information on the search for UACCM’s next chancellor, visit


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