Hundreds Attend Retirement Reception/Grand Opening

UACCM recently held a retirement reception for Chancellor Nathan Crook at the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) in downtown Morrilton. The event also served as the facility’s official grand opening, with an estimated 300 guests dropping in to wish Chancellor Crook farewell and to tour the renovated building.

Chancellor Crook will step down on June 30, 2010, ending a 25-year stretch of leadership at the college. During the retirement reception, Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart and Morrilton Mayor Bobby Kirby presented Crook with a plaque proclaiming June 3 Nathan Crook Day in Morrilton. University of Arkansas System President Dr. B. Alan Sugg also presented Crook with a plaque naming him UACCM Chancellor Emeritus upon his retirement, and the UACCM Board of Visitors announced the re-naming of the University Center on campus to the C. Nathan Crook University Center. UACCM faculty and staff members offered two framed aerial photos—one depicting the campus of Petit Jean Vocational Technical School when Crook began his career in 1985 and the other depicting the UACCM campus in 2010. Since 1985, Crook has overseen an incredible 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. Student enrollment has also seen a near 700 percent increase during his tenure.

The new LDI in downtown Morrilton is one of Crook’s most recent accomplishments, and guests attending the retirement reception also got a firsthand look at the new facility. Located in the former Greer’s Department Store in Morrilton, the completely renovated 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.

For a full list of Chancellor Crook’s accomplishments as well as information on the search for UACCM’s next chancellor, visit For more information on courses and services offered at the LDI, visit and click on “Community.”


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