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UA Fort Smith Chancellor’s Death a Loss to UA System 2018-01-05T09:15:52+00:00

Joel Richard Stubblefield, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS), died Thursday, Oct. 19.


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., offered condolences on behalf of UAMS to its sister institution, where Stubblefield had served as chancellor for 22 years until his death. Stubblefield, 67, was remembered as a visionary who led the school through its transformation from a two-year college to a four-year university.


“Joel Stubblefield was a fine friend and colleague devoted to seeing the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith serve its community by offering the highest quality educational programs,” Wilson said. “Our thoughts are with the Stubblefield family as well as the administrators, faculty and students of our sister university in Fort Smith.”

Stubblefield came to Westark Community College in Fort Smith in 1980 as dean of business affairs and was promoted to vice president for finance and administration in 1982. The Westark Board of Trustees named him interim president in April 1983 and president in September 1983. 

Stubblefield was named by the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas System as the first Chancellor of UAFS, effective Jan. 1, 2002, the date of the merger of Westark into the University of Arkansas System.


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