After more than 40 years at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, UAM Provost David Ray has announced that he will retire on June 30.
Following his announcement Wednesday, UAM Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter issued the following statement:
“By now you probably have heard the news that our Provost, David Ray, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2012. With a heavy heart and a full measure of gratitude for exemplary service to this institution, I have accepted his resignation.
Provost Ray’s impact on this campus for the past 42 years may never again be emulated. He will be long- remembered by students, community members, university staff and fellow faculty members. He is the person who started and developed our internationally respected Debate and Forensics program. His contributions in the classroom have been a model that many have tried to duplicate. As Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, he elevated this important academic unit to a stature of importance for not only our institution, but also for other institutions across our state, the region, and the entire country. During the past seven years that David has served as Provost, he has led the expansion of our academic programs and increased educational opportunities for existing UAM students as well as new students who were attracted to our campus.
I have had the pleasure of knowing and respecting David for more than thirty years, first as a faculty member, then as a dean and most recently as a valued member of our senior administrative team. I appreciate his support, his loyalty to UAM, his myriad contributions to the community and the campus as a whole——but most of all I, like most of you, value his friendship and his dedication to our profession.
I will be announcing at the next assembly meeting plans for trying to replace a person that I know will be a very difficult task. I hope you will join me in thanking R. David Ray for his service to this institution and his never failing support of students.”