Crowder College President Dr. Jennifer Methvin has been named chancellor of Arkansas State University - Beebe. She will begin her duties effective July 1.

Crowder College President  Dr. Jennifer Methvin has been named chancellor of Arkansas State University - Beebe. She will begin her duties effective July 1.
"I  have enjoyed it here (Crowder), but this is an opportunity to go back home and so it is very good for my family," said Methvin. "This is very mixed emotions for me, this (Crowder) is a great area and this has been a great opportunity for me."
Methvin started as the president of Crowder back in 2014.
At Crowder College, Methvin oversaw a public two-year institution with many similarities to ASU- Beebe. Both institutions have campuses in multiple cities and offer on-campus housing. Crowder has 5,580 students in a nine-county service area with an annual budget of $46 million.
“I am honored to be invited to serve as the next chancellor of Arkansas State University- Beebe," she said. "ASU-Beebe’s long and rich history of providing quality educational programs sets the standard for Arkansas comprehensive community colleges. I am encouraged by the opportunities I see ahead, impressed with the dedication of the faculty and staff, inspired by the students I met at each campus. When I got out of graduate school and came back to Arkansas, it was one of the places that hired me as an adjunct, I taught my first community college course there."
In a statement released by  Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch, he said, "I hired Methvin on my executive team at Hope and worked with her closely, so I am well aware of the talent and experience she will bring to us at ASU-Beebe. Her vast community college experience – from faculty member to CEO – makes her an ideal choice. I appreciate her willingness to return to Arkansas and lead the state’s third-largest two-year institution.”
From 2005-2014, she served as vice chancellor for academics at University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, where Welch was chancellor from 2005-2008. Methvin began her higher education career as an adjunct instructor at ASU-Beebe before being hired as assistant professor of English at the Newport campus of ASU-Beebe in 1993.
Prior to her work at UACC in Hope, Methvin served in various roles – including Division Chair of Arts and Sciences – at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville from 1999- 2005. She was assistant professor of English at ASU-Newport from 1993-1999.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and English at Arkansas Tech University, a Master of Arts in creative writing and English at Oklahoma State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in community college leadership at Walden University.
ASU-Beebe has an average enrollment of more than 4,500 students and is an operationally separate two-year institution of the ASU System with additional campuses in Heber Springs, Searcy and the Little Rock Air Force Base, as well as online programs. The university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry. The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State University, a four-year research university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees.
Methvin has fond memories of her time at Crowder College.
"We have just a wonderful faculty and staff here at Crowder College," she said. "This is an institution where every employee strives to do the best for the students they serve and the patrons of our area every single day. It has just been an absolute joy to work with. We have been able to successfully increase our number of graduates over the last four years. A lot of important work in retention and improving graduation rates has gone on here at the college. It has just been a joy to work with folks on those efforts. We have a really great college here, something to be really, really proud of. I have just been honored to be on the ride with everybody for four years."