LITTLE ROCK (Friday, June 24, 2022) — University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today named Ana Hunt, Ed.D., as interim chancellor at the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC) following the retirement of Chancellor Margaret Ellibee, Ph.D.
Ellibee announced earlier this year she will be retiring June 30. Ellibee has led the college since becoming president of then-Pulaski Technical College on Aug. 1, 2012. Her title changed to chancellor with the college’s merger with the University of Arkansas System Feb. 1, 2017.
Hunt will begin her role as interim chancellor July 1. She has served as associate provost at UA-PTC since 2021, and has been at the college since joining as registrar in 2019. She was previously registrar at National Park College in Hot Springs and Baptist Health College in Little Rock. Hunt began her career at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, serving as a student recruitment specialist and a graduate assistant/residence life coordinator.
“Following extensive conversations it became very apparent that Dr. Hunt is the right person to provide strong leadership for the institution during this critical transition period,” Bobbitt said. “Chancellor Ellibee has greatly advanced the college during her tenure, and it’s my strong belief that Dr. Hunt will continue that strong record and momentum until a permanent chancellor is identified and in place. I thank her in advance for taking on this challenge.”
Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree as a natural science major at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a Master of Science degree from Arkansas Tech University. She earned a Doctor of Education degree from Capella University in 2020, specializing in educational leadership and management.
“This is truly an honor that Dr. Bobbitt considered me for this position as UA-PTC transitions into a new era of permanent leadership,” Hunt said. “My passion for students and the mission of of this college is unmatched, and I look forward to continuing to work with the talented team Dr. Ellibee has in place and providing opportunities to those who seek to better their lives through higher education.”
An advisory search committee was announced in April to help guide the permanent chancellor search process. Chaired by Dr. Richard Moss, Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UA-PTC, the search committee members also include representatives from key local and state constituencies, campus faculty, staff, alumni, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, among others. The committee met for the first time in May to work alongside Bobbitt and UA System Vice President of Development and Planning Chris Thomason to finalize the “position profile” to be used as the chancellor position’s official job description. The position profile for the chancellor can be found on UA-PTC’s chancellor search webpage. The position will be advertised nationally to draw a diverse group of qualified applicants.
For more information about the UA-PTC chancellor search, please visit the search website.