UA System Board of Trustees Names Willenberg as Chancellor


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Lisa Willenberg
The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees unanimously confirmed UA System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt’s recommendation to name Lisa Willenberg as chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. The trustees voted in a meeting on Monday, October 21.

Bobbitt recommended Willenberg, currently UACCM’s vice chancellor of finance and operations, after a nationwide search. Her tenure as chancellor will begin on November 1. 

“I would like to thank President Bobbitt, the search committee and the campus community for the support and for believing in me and to entrust me with this honor,” Willenberg said. “Continuing to build campus and community relationships as well as trust will be my priority as I will work collaboratively and cooperatively to expand educational opportunities for everyone. I am deeply honored to serve as the next chancellor at UACCM.”

At the Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Kelly Eichler, who also served on the Chancellor Search Committee, credited Willenberg’s experience at managing finances in higher education. She also said that Willenberg "had a real grasp of the community” due to her longstanding ties to the area. 

Bobbitt echoed the benefits of Willenberg’s financial background, describing her as someone who "knows where every dollar is buried.” 

In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Willenberg listed several goals that she wants to achieve as chancellor. She wants the college to continue to focus on workforce education, create more partnerships with the private sector, and provide students in the health-related fields more simulation technology. She also stated that she wants to offer more opportunities for students seeking to transfer to a four-year university.

Her experience at UACCM dates back to 1992. She worked in the accounting department—and even taught accounting classes as an adjunct instructor. In 2011, she became a vice chancellor.

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