University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt will recommend Peggy Doss, Ed.D., as the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.


Doss is provost and vice president for academic affairs at UAM. If approved, she would succeed Chancellor Karla Hughes, Ph.D., who retires Dec. 31, according to a news release.


Bobbitt will recommend the Doss’ appointment during a special telephone meeting of the board of trustees of the University of Arkansas at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.


The board will immediately go into executive session to consider the appointment of Doss effective Jan. 1, 2020, and Lisa Willenberg, as chancellor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, effective Nov. 1.


“Peggy Doss has served the University of Arkansas at Monticello capably as an administrator, dean and provost, and I am looking forward to working with her as chancellor,” Bobbitt said. “Her experience and relationships on campus and in the Monticello community will give her a head start on planning for the future development of the institution as a critically important academic and economic asset for southeast Arkansas.”


In her current post, Doss focused on student retention efforts such as the UAM Degree Pathways initiative, which directs students to entry point programs where they are most likely to be successful, according to the release.


She also has involved faculty and staff in an early alert system and implemented a “15-to-finish” campaign encouraging students to enroll in a least 15 hours each semester to promote graduation in four years.


Among other projects, Doss has partnered with academic leaders and faculty to promote student success initiatives such as embedding tutors in classrooms, enriching student advising, and offering additional professional development opportunities for faculty.


“I’m humbled to have been given the opportunity to continue to serve my alma mater in a new way,” Doss said. “I’m looking forward to working with faculty, staff and community leaders to ensure a strong future for UAM and the region. I feel that my experience across the educational system in Southeast Arkansas has given me a unique perspective on the important role our university plays in the quality of life and economic advancement of our region, and I am excited to get to work to help shape the future of the institution and our community in this role.”


Prior to becoming provost, Doss was dean of the School of Education for a decade. She also served UAM as vice chancellor for student affairs and university relations after working as a teacher and administrator.


Doss earned a doctoral degree in higher education administration and a master’s degree in gifted and talented education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and also has a Master of Education degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from UAM and will be the only graduate of the school to lead the institution in its history, according to the release.


Doss said her main goals include enhancing recruitment and retention of students, but she considers student engagement an all-encompassing feature of a successful university.


“I plan to continue to prioritize student success efforts, as Dr. Hughes has done, and that includes a focus on engaging students, faculty and staff in all aspects of our community of learning,” Doss said.