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South Arkansas College seeks an experienced, innovative, student-centered, community-oriented person to serve as its sixth president. The successful candidate will join a team of dedicated faculty and staff members in the further development of a stable and operationally sound institution.

South Arkansas College (SouthArk) is an open enrollment, public, two-year college, located in El Dorado, AR and serves the south Arkansas region, as well as border parishes in Louisiana. The college is an integral part of community life in the region through its educational and workforce programs, cultural events, and partnerships with K-12, higher education institutions, and industry. 

The college was established by a vote of the citizens of Union County on March 31, 1992. Since its establishment, the college has served a mix of traditional and non-traditional students with over 20 credit academic programs in three divisions: Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, and Career and Technical Education. Extensive non-credit training options are offered through the college’s Career Accelerator.  Current enrollment is approximately 1,700 students annually (1,200 per term) with 42% of the students attending full-time.

SouthArk’s physical locations include a west and east campus. The West Campus is located in downtown El Dorado and includes nine instructional and administrative buildings that serve as the home to programs in general education, business and computer information technology, and health care. SouthArk’s East Campus, also in El Dorado, offers career technical programs for high school and college students. The college offers courses in person, fully or partially-online, and through dual enrollment at local high schools.  The college also operates two additional instructional sites outside of El Dorado and participates in unique partnerships including management of the El Dorado Conference Center and the South Arkansas Arboretum.

SouthArk employs approximately 140 full time staff and faculty members and has a leadership structure of three distinct functional groups: Academic Affairs (AA), Student Affairs (SA), and Finance and Administration (FA). Each of these areas is supervised by a Vice President who serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet along with an Associate Vice President for Administration reporting to the VPFA. SouthArk also houses the South Arkansas College Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt Arkansas corporation governed by a board of directors who represent the positive leadership of the community and support development at the College. The director of the South Arkansas College Foundation also reports directly to the president.

As an independent two-year college in Arkansas, governance is controlled by a nine-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor. The college president will report to this Board. The president has leadership and management responsibilities for all aspects of institutional operation, is responsible for leading legislative relations, oversees and participates in fundraising, and serves as the face of the institution within the community, region, and state.

To ensure full consideration, completed applications are due by February 5, 2023. Please email applications to

Job Info
Department: SouthArk
Job Category: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience; Plus excellent benefit package
Zipcode: 71730
Posted: 12/19/2023
Minimum Education: Graduate Degree
Degree Title: Master's Degree
Minimum Experience: 5 Year (Higher Education Senior Level Leadership)
Required Travel: 25%
Job Status: Accepting Applications
Start Publishing: 12/17/2023
Stop Publishing: 02/05/2024


Applicants must complete the South Arkansas College application form available at and email to Resumes, transcripts, and reference list may accompany, but will not replace the application.

Applications are subject to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. South Arkansas College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. South Arkansas College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, or veteran status in the provision of educational or employment opportunities or benefits.

The college is in compliance with titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and all other federal and state laws related to equal opportunity practices.

Chosen Candidate will be required to submit to a criminal background check and have acceptable background results, provide any certificates of training (if the candidates possess any) or Licenses, Official Transcripts (for positions requiring undergraduate or graduate education), must have a clean driving record and must complete all new hire paperwork prior to starting work.



  • A master’s degree is required with a strong preference for a terminal degree, both from a regionally accredited college or university. Significant senior level progressively responsible leadership and administrative experience in higher education, preferably at a community college, may be considered in lieu of a terminal degree.
  • A minimum of five-years senior level leadership in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of a comprehensive two-year college.
  • Demonstrated success in partnership development with the community, employers, and other educational institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability in fundraising or advancement.
  • A demonstrated commitment to communication and transparency with constituents.
  • Demonstrated skill in overseeing a complex budget in the higher education landscape.
  • Regional and specialized accreditation experience. Experience with the Higher Learning Commission is desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience with current higher education legislation.

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