The search for a new chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is progressing.

The search for a new chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is progressing.

The University of Arkansas System is looking at contracting 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. But the agreement won’t be inked until a Sept. 5-scheduled legislative review, according to UA Systems Communications Director Ben Beaumont.

Beaumont also stated that June 30, 2013, is the goal for selecting a replacement for former long-time retired Chancellor Lawrence A. Davis Jr.

According to Beaumont, Greenwood/Asher was tabbed as a consultant in the search for its “significant experience” in such endeavors “at all levels and particularly their experience conducting presidential searches for historically black institutions.”

Beaumont said the UA System intends to use UAPB public funds in paying Greenwood/Asher.

Meanwhile, an advisory committee is being formed with representatives of UAPB students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the Pine Bluff community, Beaumont said.

Chairing the committee will be Graduate School Dean Robert McGehee of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. UA System President Donald R. Bobbitt will work with the committee and Greenwood/Asher in recruiting candidates and reviewing applications.

Beaumont pointed to Alcorn State University and Virginia State University as examples of historically-black institutions with which Greenwood/Asher has aided.

The firm’s website states that the company has successfully completed more than 1,000 searches. Other colleges and universities the firm has assisted include Baylor, Louisiana State, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Texas Tech.