Crystal Halley


University of Arkansas at Monticello Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss announced today that Crystal Halley has been named the university’s vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Halley graduated summa cum laude from UAM in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned a juris doctor degree in 2017 from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Halley has served as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs since January when Dr. Doss, who previously served in the role, was named chancellor. Halley has held leadership roles in the academic affairs division for more than a decade. She served as director of academic advising for 11 years before her appointment as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2018. She was later promoted to associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Halley served vital roles in the development of student success and retention efforts, including the UAM Degree Pathways initiative and the development of professional academic advisors in the Office of Academic Advising. Her efforts, along with those of the UAM faculty and staff, resulted in noticeable improvements in retention, including a retention rate among first-time freshmen that is nine percent higher than last year.

Halley served as an adjunct instructor in the UAM School of Social and Behavioral Sciences teaching courses in government, law, and mock trial. She taught legal environment of business for the UAM School of Business and taught legal research, criminal law, and judicial process for the University of Arkansas System eVersity. In 2016, Halley won the USDLA Best Practices Bronze Award for Distance Learning Programming for Legal Research with Adam Peterson.

“Ms. Halley is recognized as a respected leader with a strong commitment to the success of our university and the students we serve,” Doss said. “She understands and appreciates the mission of UAM and the importance of the institution to the region and the state, and will continue to be a valued team member as we grow an even stronger UAM.”

Halley will serve on the chancellor’s executive council and oversee matters pertaining to academic programs, resource allocation, faculty recruitment and retention, student retention, program assessment, accreditation, library services, and the office of the registrar.

“It is a great honor to serve the institution as vice chancellor for academic affairs,” Halley said. “UAM has always strived to meet the needs of students through innovative program development and creative retention initiatives. I look forward to building upon those efforts.”

Halley is a native of McGehee and lives in Monticello with her husband and two sons.

Chancellor Doss expressed her appreciation of the UAM search committee’s work during extraordinary circumstances presented by the pandemic.