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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:05 am

The search for a new chancellor at Arkansas State University is over.

In a press conference Wednesday morning, ASU System president Dr. Charles Welch announced Kelly Damphousse as the new chancellor.

Damphousse has served as the dean or interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma since 2013, the university’s largest and most diverse college.

The Chancellor Search Committee screened 53 formal applicants over the course of the search, which began in fall 2016. The Search Committee is made up of 21 members, including faculty, staff, students and community members. The three finalists visited campus over the past two weeks. The committee’s vote for Damphousse was unanimous.

“I’m very appreciative of the work of the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee. They did their homework on each candidate and all of them came to the conclusion that Dr. Damphousse is the ideal choice to be the next chancellor," Welch said.

Haley Stotts, SGA President and member of the Search Committee, praised the decision to appoint Damphousse.

“Students are the lifeblood of this campus. This was a big part of the student body’s decision, too,” Stotts said. “We were really excited to welcome someone that was going to carry on the Red Wolf traditions that we have here.”

Damphousse visited campus last week and met with multiple faculty members and student representatives.

“Faculty chairs and deans I met with when I was here shared with me honestly their visions for the school, and I take those comments to heart and I’m hoping I can figure out a way to bring those dreams to reality with you all. Not in front of you all, but beside you all,” Damphousse said. He also said meeting with students was “so moving” to him and his wife.

“This is a place we could see ourselves being,” he said.

Damphousse and his wife, Beth, live on-campus at the University of Oklahoma in a residence hall, and Damphousse said he plans to live on-campus at A-State as well.

Damphousse’s wife also said she hopes to serve the campus in a volunteer position, specifically in student recruitment.

Damphousse will begin his term as chancellor July 1, with an annual salary of $360,000. According to the formal job offer sent to Damphousse, the term lasts three years and will end June 30, 2020. In addition to the annual salary, Damphousse will receive an annual deferred compensation of $40,000 beginning July 1, 2018.

The agreement also gave a tenured Professor of Sociology position to Damphousse, which continues in the event of his resignation or non-reappointment as Chancellor.

Other terms of agreement included housing at a residence owned by A-State;initiation and montly membership to two country clubs in Jonesboro; a cell phone and automobile, both for business purposes; and reimbursement for moving and traveling expenses.

A formal contract will be signed by Damphousse and submitted to the Board of Trustees for final approval on June 8.

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