A familiar face has returned to the University of Arkansas at Monticello to take direction of the university’s private fund-raising activities. Linda Yeiser is UAM’s new vice chancellor for advancement and university relations, a position she held from 2005 to 2008.
“I am pleased to welcome Linda Yeiser back to our administration,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “Ms. Yeiser worked at UAM in various positions in finance and administration for 18 years. She left UAM in 1999 and returned to our campus to filI the advancement position on an interim basis for two years. I feel confident that she will be able to move the Office of Advancement forward and in a direction that will greatly benefit our campuses. One key influence in her selection was her awareness of the special students served by this institution and the expectations of alumni. She also has the academic credentials to serve as the chief advancement officer. Her performance in previous positions which she served at UAM total over 20 years. This will serve the campus well as we enter a new era for advancement.
“In this time of restricted state funding and the possibility of not having approval to increase future tuition and fee charges, it is very important to have an individual that can encourage private donations and enhance the relationship the university has with the general public. From her experience, Ms. Yeiser understands our alumni, community, and the university, which will provide additional support and resources for all three UAM campuses.”
Yeiser has held several positions on the UAM campus, beginning in 1980 as an accountant in the Office of Finance and Administration. She became accounting supervisor in 1981 and was named controller in 1983, a position she held for eight years.
In 1991, Yeiser became the first female chief financial officer in the UA system when she was named vice chancellor for finance and administration, a post she held until 1999. She held three full and part-time positions at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas from 1999 to 2005, including writer and editor in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, accountant, and assistant director of development-foundation relations.
She returned to UAM in 2005 to become vice chancellor for advancement before leaving the university in 2008. She was assistant controller part-time at Stephen F. Austin from 2010 to 2013 and served as director of institutional research/freedom of information officer at UAM from January 2013 until her current appointment.
Yeiser holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and a master of business administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Association of College and University Business Officers in 2001. Yeiser’s husband, Dr. Jimmie Yeiser, is UAM’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Story and Photo by Jim Brewer, Director UAM Media Services