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Senior Staff

Nothing makes us prouder than the people who make up UAFS. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are fresh out of high school. Others have spent years in the work force or caring for families — and often doing both. Many come from the small towns that are the backbone of Arkansas and Oklahoma, while others come from our nation’s biggest cities or overseas. They share a genuine desire to learn, explore, and make better lives for themselves.

Our faculty members come from some of the nation’s most prestigious graduate schools as well as some of the most successful businesses and civic institutions. They come to UAFS because they know they can make a genuine difference in the lives of their students and they're eager to share their deep understanding of the way the world really works.



Dr. Terisa C. Riley


Dr. Terisa C. Riley is the chancellor of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, having assumed her duties on July 1, 2019. Prior to her appointment as UAFS chancellor, Dr. Riley served as senior vice president for student affairs and university administration at Texas A&M University – Kingsville and previously held positions as the institution’s chief student affairs officer, chief financial officer, chief administrator, and chief enrollment management officer. Over her 25-year career, she has held numerous other appointments in higher education and her community.

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Dr. Georgia Hale

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs  

Dr. Georgia Hale assumed her duties as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in July 2014. She previously served as dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and associate dean of the College of Business. 

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Dr. Lee Krehbiel

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Dr. Lee E. Krehbiel has served as vice chancellor for student affairs since September 2009. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. 

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Blake Rickman

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Executive Director of the UAFS Foundation

Blake Rickman joined the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith as vice chancellor for university advancement and executive director of the UAFS Foundation in 2018. Prior to his appointment, he served as the senior director of development and external relations at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, capping more than a decade of advancement-related service to that university.


Carey Tucker

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Mr. Carey F. Tucker joined the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith as vice chancellor for finance and administration in July 2021. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in logistics management. A 30-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Tucker came to UAFS from South Arkansas Community College where he served as vice president for finance and administration. 

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Dr. Ken Warden

Associate Vice Chancellor for Compliance and Legislative Affairs

Dr. Ken Warden joined UAFS in July 2014, serving as the associate vice chancellor for workforce development until July 2015 when he transitioned to serve as dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology for six years. Dr. Warden previously worked with Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus from 1997 thru 2014 as a faculty member, business and industry coordinator, and chief business and community outreach officer. Throughout his career he has served many community-based organizations in the region. He remains committed to students and the communities we serve.

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John Blue

Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

John W. Blue joined the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith as the inaugural executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in January 2021. Prior to joining UAFS, he served as the director of student life and multicultural affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is currently completing coursework on a doctoral degree in higher education administration at the University of Mississippi.

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Jennifer Belt

Chief of Staff

Jennifer Belt assumed the position of chief of staff in the fall of 2019 having served at UAFS since April 2013. She is a graduate of UAFS with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.