The University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt Tuesday announced members of an advisory search committee to help find a new chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt Tuesday announced members of an advisory search committee to help find a new chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The panel represents UAPB students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community.

Dr. Robert McGehee, a UAPB alumnus, Pine Bluff native and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will serve as chairman.

Other committee members include:

• David Adams, staff, UAPB Physical Plant

• Lawrence Awopetu, faculty, UAPB School of Business and Management

• Elbert E. Bennett, coordinator, UAPB Student Affairs

• Calvin E. Booker Sr., president, UAPB Alumni Association

• Marty Casteel, executive vice president of Simmons First National Corp. and Simmons First National Bank, chairman and CEO-elect of the bank

• Laura Festa, faculty, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences

• James O. Garner Jr., dean, UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

• Anita Kelly, faculty, School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Services

• Hazel Linton, faculty, UAPB School of Education

• Obumneme Nwankwo, president, UAPB Student Government Association

• Yolanda Page, dean, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences

• Sedrick Rice, faculty, UAPB School of Arts and Sciences

• Rev. Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV, pastor and state representative

“I’m grateful to each of these individuals for taking the time to participate in this very important search,” Bobbitt said. “I believe this position will be attractive to talented candidates largely because of the strong support of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and I’m excited to begin the search process.”

The committee will work with a search firm to review applications and recruit potential candidates for the position. Bobbitt hopes to have a new chancellor selected by June 30, 2013.

The U of A is considering contracting with the Florida-based Greenwood/Asher and Associates firm for help in the search, and the proposed fee for the agency’s services is $70,000 plus expenses not to exceed $10,000. The agreement won’t be approved until a Sept. 5-scheduled legislative review.