A chancellor is a leader of a college or university either the executive or ceremonial head of the university or of a university campus within a university system. In most Commonwealth and former Commonwealth nations, the chancellor is a ceremonial non-resident head of the university. In such institutions, the chief executive of a university is the vice-chancellor, who may carry an additional title, such as "president & vice-chancellor"; the chancellor may serve as chairman of the governing body. In many countries, the administrative and educational head of the university is known as the president, principal or rector. In the United States, the head of a university is most a university president. In U. S. university systems that have more than one affiliated university or campus, the executive head of a specific campus may have the title of chancellor and report to the overall system's president, or vice versa. In both Australia and New Zealand, a chancellor is the chairman of a university's governing body.
The chancellor is assisted by a deputy chancellor. The chancellor and deputy chancellor are drawn from the senior ranks of business or the judiciary; some universities have a visitor, senior to the chancellor. University disputes can be appealed from the governing board to the visitor, but nowadays, such appeals are prohibited by legislation, the position has only ceremonial functions; the vice-chancellor serves as the chief executive of the university. Macquarie University in Sydney is a noteworthy anomaly as it once had the unique position of Emeritus Deputy Chancellor, a post created for John Lincoln upon his retirement from his long-held post of deputy chancellor in 2000; the position was not an honorary title, as it retained for Lincoln a place in the University Council until his death in 2011. Canadian universities and British universities in Scotland have a titular chancellor similar to those in England and Wales, with day-to-day operations handled by a principal. In Scotland, for example, the chancellor of the University of Edinburgh is Anne, Princess Royal, whilst the current chancellor of the University of Aberdeen is Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay.
In Canada, the vice-chancellor carries the joint title of "president and vice-chancellor" or "rector and vice-chancellor." Scottish principals carry the title of "principal and vice-chancellor." In Scotland, the title and post of rector is reserved to the third ranked official of university governance. The position exists in common throughout the five ancient universities of Scotland with rectorships in existence at the universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen and Dundee, considered to have ancient status as a result of its early connections to the University of St Andrews; the position of Lord Rector was given legal standing by virtue of the Universities Act 1889. Rectors appoint a rector's assessor a deputy or stand-in, who may carry out their functions when they are absent from the university; the Rector chairs meetings of the university court, the governing body of the university, is elected by the matriculated student body at regular intervals. An exception exists at Edinburgh, where the Rector is elected by staff.
In Finland, if the university has a chancellor, he is the leading official in the university. The duties of the chancellor are to promote sciences and to look after the best interests of the university; as the rector of the university remains the de facto administrative leader and chief executive official, the role of the chancellor is more of a social and historical nature. However some administrative duties still belong to the chancellor's jurisdiction despite their arguably ceremonial nature. Examples of these include the appointment of new docents; the chancellor of University of Helsinki has the notable right to be present and to speak in the plenary meetings of the Council of State when matters regarding the university are discussed. Despite his role as the chancellor of only one university, he is regarded as the political representative of Finland's entire university institution when he exercises his rights in the Council of State. In the history of Finland the office of the chancellor dates all the way back to the Swedish Empire, the Russian Empire.
The chancellor's duty was to function as the official representative of the monarch in the autonomous university. The number of chancellors in Finnish universities has declined over the years, in vast majority of Finnish universities the highest official is the rector; the remaining universities with chancellors are University of Åbo Akademi University. In France, chancellor is one of the titles of the rector, a senior civil servant of the Ministry of Education serving as manager of a regional educational district. In his capacity as chancellor, the rector awards academic degrees to the university's gradua
University of Arkansas–Fort Smith
The University of Arkansas–Fort Smith is a public, co-educational, four-year university located in Fort Smith, United States, It is one of 13 campuses that constitute the University of Arkansas System. UAFS is the sixth-largest four-year university in Arkansas, with a fall 2017 enrollment of 6,637 students; the university offers in-state tuition rates not only to Arkansas residents, but those from Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. As of fall 2017, UAFS is the most affordable four-year university in the state and boasts a consistent 85 percent job and graduate school placement rate among its graduates; the university campus occupies 168 acres of an award-winning, nationally recognized arboretum that has 1,182 GPS-inventoried trees representing 81 species. The University of Arkansas–Fort Smith was established in 1928 as an extension of the public school system in Fort Smith, with the superintendent, James William Ramsey, acting as the college president and the high school principal as dean.
Known as Fort Smith Junior College, the institution operated within the Fort Smith public school system until 1950, when the school was incorporated as a private, nonprofit institution with its own governing board. In September 1952, the College moved from borrowed facilities in the high school to its current site occupying 15 acres. During the private college era, enrollment increased, as did course offerings, the number of faculty, facilities. A vocational-technical division was added in 1960. During this period, the college began developing the programs and character of a comprehensive community college—a new concept in Arkansas and across the nation. In the fall of 1965, the Sebastian County electorate approved the creation of the Sebastian County Community Junior College District, along with a tax levy on the real and personal property of the county; the governor appointed a Board of Trustees, the school again became a public institution. In 1966, the institution's name was changed from Fort Smith Junior College to Westark Junior College, in 1972, to Westark Community College, indicating the larger area to be served and reflecting the more comprehensive mission.
Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the college developed and made changes within the context of its mission as a two-year institution. A significant development in 1989 was the establishment of a University Center. Five state universities partnered with the institution to offer six bachelor's and seven master's degree programs on campus. Between 1989 and 2002, 1,788 students graduated with bachelor's degrees through the University Center. In 1997, the Arkansas Legislature passed an act granting Westark the authority to offer in its own right up to nine applied bachelor's degrees, developed in response to identified needs of the industries in the area served; the name of the college was changed yet again in February 1998 to Westark College, more portraying the role and scope of the institution. On December 15, 2000, the Board of Trustees of Westark College entered into an agreement with the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas to merge with the University of Arkansas System as a four-year institution.
In 2001, the Sebastian County electorate voted to support the merger. A formal request to change affiliation status to that of a bachelor's degree-granting institution under the name of the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in August 2001 and approved by the Institutional Actions Council on November 19, 2001; the merger, which became official on January 1, 2002, endorsed the concept of UAFS as a unique university, one that offers applied and traditional baccalaureate degree programs, one- and two-year associate and technical programs, non-credit business and industry training programs. In 2006 Arkansas state senator David Bisbee attempted to review the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith's legal status. Bisbee claimed. Mathew Pitsch, a former dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology, has been since 2015 a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Sebastian County. Through its six colleges, UAFS provides certificates of proficiency, technical certificates, associate of arts degrees, associate of general studies, associate of applied science degrees, bachelor's degrees, as well as work-based learning and community education.
The six colleges are: The College of Applied Science and Technology The College of Business The College of Health Sciences The College of Communication, Languages and Social Sciences The College of Science, Engineering & Mathematics Windgate Art & Design is a state-of-the-art visual arts facility located on the UAFS campus that opened in fall 2015. The 58,000 square foot building was constructed following a $15.5 million gift to the university from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The building includes a letterpress and printmaking studio, a film theater, a videography and photography studio, numerous classrooms and professional-quality artistic spaces; the Recreation and Wellness Center, more known as the RAWC, is a 47,000 square foot facility that offers multiple facilities, including basketball and volleyball courts, an expanded fitness area with new equipment, a three-lane running track, a rock climbing wall. The building was opened in fall 2016; the University houses three art galleries that are open to the public.
The Mary Tinnin Jaye Gallery and the Sally Boreham Gallery are permanent displays that include works rendered in traditional media as well as digital prints and photographs
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts
The Arkansas School for Mathematics and the Arts is a two-year, public residential high school located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is a part of the University of Arkansas administrative system and a member of the NCSSSMST; the school was known as The Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences. The school is accredited by AdvancED. Academically, the school is modeled after the North Carolina School of Mathematics. Studies focus on mathematics, computer science and humanities. All courses are taught at the Honors level or above. ASMSA offers 50 courses for university credit through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith as well as other advanced high school courses for elective credit. ASMSA graduates finish their two-year experience having earned an average of 50 college credit hours. ASMSA has an arts program, added in 2004 by the state legislature. Though not yet at the depth of the school's STEM-based programs, investment has been made in recent years to enhance experiences in studio and digital arts.
Since 2015, the school has added three full-time faculty members in studio art and music to achieve this goal. The school was created in 1991 with backing from then-Governor Bill Clinton; the charter class enrolled as juniors in 1993 and graduated in 1995. Prospective students apply during the spring of their sophomore year and submit application forms, grade transcripts, SAT or ACT results, three letters of recommendation. Students can only enter the school as a rising junior. Additionally, some students will repeat their junior year of high school at ASMSA because they didn't apply in time to be admitted with their regular class. Students who attend ASMSA spend their time in a dormitory away from their homes; the dormitory is not co-ed, there is no co-mingling outside of the two designated and approved co-ed mingling areas. The students are supervised by full-time Residential Mentors. Most of the campus of the school itself is located in the former St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Park in the historic district of Hot Springs, it is surrounded on three sides by the Hot Springs National Park.
All faculty have at least a master's degree in their field, 48% have a Ph. D. or other terminal degree in their field. Notable professors at the school have included Dr. Don Baker, a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Department of State. Several former and current teachers at the school instruct during the summer at the Arkansas Governor's School; the current Director of the school is Corey Alderdice. A new building called the Creativity and Innovation Complex is being constructed and is set to open in 2019; the first floor will be named the Dan Fredinburg Technology Center in memory of ASMSA Class of 1999 alumnus Dan Fredinburg. ASMSA students have a number of projects and activities that fill their time. One of the school's trademarks is FIRM, a longitudinal research project which culminates in the school's participation in the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, Senior Research Symposium or Arts Capstone, depending on the project. Students select a research topic at the start of their spring semester as a junior and will continue to research this project for the next fourteen months through a class titled Fundamentals in Research Methods.
This project ends during Science Fair week, in late February. ASMSA competes as its own region in the state competition because of the quantity of projects it produces every year -- a hundred or more. Projects sometimes culminate with substantial monetary awards, governmental recognition, as well as publication in local, statewide and nationwide news outlets. Student involvement at ASMSA is present and there are a plethora of clubs and groups; the cultural awareness ADAPT Club shares and discusses different heritages with cultural foods, movies and music for the members as well as the general student body to enjoy and appreciate. There is the SGA for those students exhibiting leadership in the school environment and policy. Other clubs and groups include: the Dolphin Dance Team, Model UN, Delta, National Honor Society, FBLA, Youth Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Science, Medicine and Liberal Arts, SLAMT Sports Alliance, Community Leaders, Student Ambassadors, many more.
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Mena is a city in Polk County, United States. It is the county seat of Polk County; the population was 5,737 as of 2010 census. Mena is included in the Ark-La-Tex socio-economic region. Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Mena is a gateway to some of the most visited tourist attractions in Arkansas. Mena was founded by Arthur Edward Stilwell during the building of the Kansas City and Gulf Railroad, which stretched from Kansas City, Missouri to Port Arthur, Texas. Train service to Mena began in 1896. Stilwell named the town in honor of Folmina Margaretha Janssen-De Goeijen, the wife of his friend and financier Jan De Goeijen, whom Mr. De Goeijen affectionately called Mena. Janssen Park in the center of Mena is named for her. Mena was incorporated on September 18 of that year. In 1897, the Bank of Mena was founded; the following year, the county seat was moved from nearby Dallas to Mena. Mena's population had grown to 3,423 by 1900; the main industries of the area were timber and mineral extraction, though it was advertised as a spa city located within a healthy environment.
Stilwell donated land to the city in 1906, a park and campground were constructed. In 1910, the railroad moved its shop facilities from Mena to Oklahoma; this created a loss of eight hundred jobs. A private school in Mena, Hendrix Academy, closed in 1905. In 1911, a damaging tornado struck the town. A black community called; the community was small, with a population of 152 in 1900. In 1901, a black man, Peter Berryman, was lynched after an alleged altercation with a white girl. No one was arrested for the crime. Several other instances of racially motivated hate and violence towards Mena's black community had been noted. This, combined with declining job prospects after the railway shops left town, led many blacks to leave Mena. By 1910, just 16 remained; the Mena Star advertised the town as being "100% white" in its March 18, 1920 edition, a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan was organized in 1922. In 1927, the Mena Commercial Club created advertisements which stated that Mena, in addition to having "pure soft water" and "beautiful scenery" had "no Negroes".
Like many other communities in Arkansas, Mena had become a sundown town. In the 2010 census, 0.2% of Mena's population was black. In the 1950s, a government program to stockpile manganese led to the reopening of local mines closed since the 1890s; the program ended in 1959, the mines again closed. During the 1980s, drug smuggler Barry Seal moved his operations to the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport, where he owned and operated many planes and helicopters, as well as advanced radar equipment. On April 9, 2009, a large and violent tornado devastated the town, killing three and injuring thirty. Many homes and businesses were destroyed; the Arkansas National Guard was deployed to the affected area. The tornado was rated as a high-end EF3, with winds near 165 mph, damages estimated at $25 million; some of the businesses in the community are working to create a Downtown Arts District in Mena, anchored by the Mena Art Gallery at 607 Mena Street. The gallery is a non-profit organization which exhibits about 12 shows a year ranging from invitational to open shows featuring local artists in a variety of media.
There is an annual Children's Exhibit and a High School Exhibit. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles, of which 6.7 square miles is land. Mena's climate is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters, with precipitation occurring in all seasons; the Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa". As of the census of 2000, there were 5,637 people, 2,431 households, 1,546 families residing in the city; the population density was 836.4 people per square mile. There were 2,771 housing units at an average density of 411.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.91% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, 1.21% from two or more races. About 2.18 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 2,431 households, out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.4% were non-families.
Of all households 33.7% were made up of individuals, 18.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24, the average family size was 2.85. In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females, age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $22,671, the median income for a family was $30,164. Males had a median income of $23,665 versus $18,472 for females; the per capita income for the city was $14,710. About 12.1% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.8% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over. An estimated 1.2 million visitors each year come to Mena to enjoy its nearby natural features, which include the Talimena Scenic Drive, a National Scenic Byway, the Queen Wilhelmina State Park.
The Cossatot River is included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and runs through the Ouachita National F
Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U. S. state of Arkansas. It is the county seat of Pulaski County, it was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named the "Little Rock" by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in the 1720s; the capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city's population was 198,541 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau; the six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 78th in terms of population in the United States with 738,344 residents according to the 2017 estimate by the United States Census Bureau. Little Rock is a cultural, economic and transportation center within Arkansas and the South. Several cultural institutions are in Little Rock, such as the Arkansas Arts Center, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in addition to hiking and other outdoor recreational opportunities.
Little Rock's history is available through history museums, historic districts or neighborhoods like the Quapaw Quarter, historic sites such as Little Rock Central High School. The city is the headquarters of Dillard's, Windstream Communications, Stephens Inc. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Heifer International, the Clinton Foundation, the Rose Law Firm, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Other corporations, such as Dassault Falcon Jet, LM Wind Power, Simmons Bank, Euronet Worldwide, AT&T, Entergy have large operations in the city. State government is a large employer, with many offices downtown. Two major Interstate highways, Interstate 30 and Interstate 40, meet in Little Rock, with the Port of Little Rock serving as a shipping hub. Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called the "Little Rock"; the Little Rock was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing. The Little Rock is across the river from The Big Rock, a large bluff at the edge of the river, once used as a rock quarry.
Archeological artifacts provide evidence of Native Americans inhabiting Central Arkansas for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. The early inhabitants may have been the Folsom people, Bluff Dwellers, Mississippian culture peoples who built earthwork mounds recorded in 1541 by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Historical tribes of the area were the Caddo, Osage and Cherokee. Little Rock was named for a stone outcropping on the bank of the Arkansas River used by early travelers as a landmark, it was named in 1722 by French explorer and trader Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe, marked the transition from the flat Mississippi Delta region to the Ouachita Mountain foothills. Travelers referred to the area as the "Little Rock." Though there was an effort to name the city "Arkopolis" upon its founding in the 1820s, that name did appear on a few maps made by the US Geological Survey, the name Little Rock is what stuck. Little Rock is located at 34°44′10″N 92°19′52″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 116.8 square miles, of which 116.2 square miles is land and 0.6 square miles is water.
Little Rock is located on the south bank of the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas. Fourche Creek and Rock Creek run through the city, flow into the river; the western part of the city is located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Northwest of the city limits are Pinnacle Mountain and Lake Maumelle, which provides Little Rock's drinking water; the city of North Little Rock is located just across the river from Little Rock, but it is a separate city. North Little Rock was once the 8th ward of Little Rock. An Arkansas Supreme Court decision on February 6, 1904, allowed the ward to merge with the neighboring town of North Little Rock; the merged town renamed itself Argenta, but returned to its original name in October 1917. The 2017 U. S. Census population estimate for the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area was 738,344; the MSA covers the following counties: Pulaski, Grant, Lonoke and Saline. The largest cities are Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Sherwood, Cabot and Bryant.
Little Rock lies in the humid subtropical climate zone, with hot, humid summers and cool winters, with little snow. It has experienced temperatures as low as −12 °F, recorded on February 12, 1899, as high as 114 °F, recorded on August 3, 2011; as of the 2005–2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U. S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 52.7% of Little Rock's population. Blacks or African Americans made up 42.1% of Little Rock's population, with 42.0% being non-Hispanic blacks. American Indians made up 0.4% of Little Rock's population while Asian Americans made up 2.1% of the city's population. Pacific Islander Americans made up less than 0.1% of the city's population. Individuals from some other race made up 1.2% of the city's population. Individuals from two or more races made up 1.4% of the city's population. In addition and Latinos made up 4.7% of Little Rock's population. As of the 2010 census, there were 193,524 people, 82,018 households, 47,799 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,576.0 people p
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public black university located in Pine Bluff, United States. Founded in 1873, the second oldest public institution in the state of Arkansas. UAPB is a member-school of the University of Thurgood Marshall College Fund; the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was authorized in 1873 by the Reconstruction-era legislature as the Branch Normal College and opened in 1875 with Joseph Carter Corbin principal. A black college, it was nominally part of the "normal" department of Arkansas Industrial University the University of Arkansas, it was operated separately as part of a compromise to get a college for black students, as the state maintained racial segregation well into the 20th century. It was designated as a land-grant college under the 1890 federal amendments to Morrill Land-Grant Acts; as Congress had established the land grant colleges to provide education to all qualified students in a state, in 1890 it required states maintaining segregated systems to establish a separate land-grant university for blacks as well as whites.
In 1927, the school severed its ties with the University of Arkansas and became Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College. It moved to its current campus location in 1929. Nearly 50 years in 1972, Arkansas AM&N re-joined what is now the University of Arkansas System; as a full-fledged campus with graduate study departments, it gained its current name and university status in the process. Since 1988, the university has gained recognition as a leading research institution in aquaculture studies, offering the state's only comprehensive program in this field, it supports a growing regional industry throughout the Mid-South. The program was enhanced by the addition of an Aquaculture/Fisheries PhD program; the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is the largest HBCU in Arkansas. UAPB is divided into eight academic divisions; the School of Agriculture and Human Sciences The School of Arts and Sciences The School of Business and Management The School of Education Graduate Studies & Continuing Education Carolyn F. Blakely Honors Program Military Science University CollegeUAPB is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
UAPB has the only comprehensive aquaculture program in Arkansas, established to help support the state's $167 million aquaculture industry. Since UAPB does not offer engineering degrees, it has a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville that allow qualified students to spend three years to complete an engineering related bachelor's degree at UAPB automatic admissions into UA to complete their engineering bachelor's degree in two years. Students who complete the UAPB-UA engineering program will have two bachelor's degrees in five years; the University Museum And Cultural Center on the campus of UAPB contains photographs, yearbooks, artifacts and other ephemera that document the lives and culture of African-Americans who helped shaped the history of UAPB and the Arkansas Delta. It is the only museum of its kind in Arkansas and was established in 2005. UAPB's colors are black and gold and their nickname is the Golden Lions. Arkansas–Pine Bluff's sports teams have participated in NCAA Division I in the Southwestern Athletic Conference since re-joining the conference in 1998, competes in the Football Championship Subdivision for football.
Home football games are held at Golden Lion Stadium. Men's sports include baseball, cross country, golf and track & field; the Lions participated in the SWAC Championship Game for the first time in 2006 after recording a 7–2 conference record. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs defeated the Lions in the championship game; the Lions finished that season with an overall record of 8–4. The Lions won the SWAC Championship on December 8, 2012 against Jackson State in Birmingham, Alabama. UAPB are the 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference champions. In 2009–2010, for the first time in school history, the women's soccer team won the SWAC tournament and made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time ever; the men's basketball team received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament as champions of the SWAC. The Golden Lions won the opening round game against Winthrop and were awarded the #16 seed in the South Region; the team was eliminated from the tournament in the following round by Duke who became the NCAA Champions.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff houses over 1,000 students on campus. Hunt Hall houses male students; the Harrold Complex, consisting of four halls, Copeland and Stevens, is for females. Freshman males are assigned to Copeland. Built in 1955, Hunt Hall was named in memory of Silas Hunt, the first black law student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Hunt Hall houses 134 male students. Built in 1964, the Harrold Complex was named in memory of former Dean of Women, it houses a total of 512 male and female students. Johnson Hall was named in honor of Nettie E. Johnson, a graduate of the class of 1903. C. Corbin Laboratory School on campus.
Clinton School of Public Service
The Clinton School of Public Service is a branch of the University of Arkansas system and is the newest of the presidential schools. It is located on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock; the school is housed in the Choctaw Route Station, a former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad station built in 1899. Former Senator and Governor David Pryor was named as the school's first dean, he stepped down from his position as dean in February 2006 but retained the title and active position of Founding Dean. Skip Rutherford was appointed to succeed David Pryor when he was named dean on April 12, 2006; the Clinton School is a graduate school offering its students a Master of Public Service degree. The program is described as a "two-year graduate program with a'real world' curriculum." The mission of the school is "to educate and prepare individuals for public service, incorporating a strategic vision, an authentic voice, a commitment to the common good." The program is unique within the presidential schools for its emphasis on practical courses, which include a practicum, summer internship, capstone project.
The school is further unique for its emphasis on leadership for social change, preparing students to become leaders in the public and non-profit sectors, as well as its emphasis on creating bridges among those sectors. The Clinton School emphasizes equity, as opposed to emphasizing efficiency in public administration schools and effectiveness in public policy schools; the Clinton School releases. The fall/winter 2007 inaugural issue of Frank was entitled “Has the Dream Arrived?” and focused on race relations in America. It included pieces by David Eisenhower, President Bill Clinton, Carlotta Walls Lanier, Karl Rove, The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Richard Dawkins, Simon Cowell, Eboo Patel, Aneesh Raman, Antonio Villaraigosa. Since 2004, the Clinton School hosts free public programs, guest lectures and community conversations featuring a wide range of internationally-prominent leaders and timely topics; some notable speakers have included Henry Kissinger, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Karl Rove, Alan Keyes, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, John McCain, Richard Dawkins.
The series screens films and documentaries and hosts panel discussions for every Arkansas Repertory Theatre production. Since its inaugural lecture from U. S. Senator Bob Dole, the school has hosted over one thousand events, including nine presidents and prime ministers, two Supreme Court justices, 22 Pulitzer Prize winners, 13 U. S. senators, 41 ambassadors, four Oscar winners, two astronauts and four NFL players, among othersAll programs are free and open to the public, though more notable speakers sometimes requires advanced ticketing. The format of the speakers vary and the school has made its public forums with Charles Ogletree, Judge Robert Carter, John Edwards available to the Arkansas Educational Television Network, or AETN. Most of the series is recorded and available to the public from the Clinton School's website. In addition to the speaker series, the Clinton School has teamed with the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Kumpuris family to establish a distinguished lecture series at the Clinton Presidential Center.
The Kumpuris Lecture Series inaugural address on August 7, 2007 was given by President Clinton. Other guest lecturers include James Baker, Sam Waterston, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai; the Clinton School admitted 16 students from around the globe in its inaugural class in 2005. Since the school has increased admission to about 50 students and has a current enrollment of about 90 students; the enrollment pattern is in keeping with the two other presidential schools that are coupled with presidential libraries. By comparison, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs started in 1970 with 18 students and now has 312. Students who are enrolled in the Clinton School are encouraged to continue public service acts throughout the world. Many participants come from public service backgrounds and have experience in the field; some programs Clinton School students come from include the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, some have military and medical backgrounds. Vivian Flowers, Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Jefferson County, since 2015.