When Dr. Terisa C. Riley, UAFS’s new chancellor, appeared on campus, she was wearing heels, but mere mortals trying to keep up with her are advised to wear their running shoes. In her first two months on campus, she addressed the faculty and staff, members of the class of 2023, other students, alumni, the UAFS
Foundation Board, the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, and moms and dads brining their suddenly grown-up children to campus.
Dr. Riley likes to interact with students and community members. Every day allows her to meet new people willing to share their visions of the university and its role in the community.
“The community support for UAFS is really special. People are proud to have an affiliation with a university with this quality, these faculty members, with these awesome students,” said Dr. Riley.
“The community support for UAFS is really special. People are proud to have an affiliation with a university with this quality, these faculty members, with these awesome students. ”
—Dr. Terisa C. Riley
Dr. Riley wants to know what stakeholders see for the future. Whether she is talking to the combined faculty and staff, the UAFS Foundation Board, or the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Riley asks for buy-in to the university’s mission. And she asks for ideas about how the university can reach more potential students and better fulfill its obligations to students already enrolled.
“I am so excited when I see the new year unfolding and consider all the people committed to our students’ success,” Dr. Riley said.