Letter from Chancellor G. David Gearhart and Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long
Late in 2007, as colorful leaves blanketed the majestic lawn of Old Main, the University of Arkansas was about to enter a new chapter in the history of our great institution — one that would catapult the university to greater national prominence both in and outside the classroom. At the forefront of this period of transition was a centerpiece of our university community and one of its most visible aspects — intercollegiate athletics.
After many years of fielding two independent and strong athletic programs, the time had come to form a unified and fortified program that served the best interests of our student-athletes, our university and our state. Afforded the opportunity to assume new leadership roles during this pivotal time, we embraced the challenges and opportunities that awaited our university and intercollegiate athletics program.
Just more than five years later, as we pause to review the extraordinary accomplishments of the past year, it is only fitting we also gauge the advancements of our institution and its fully integrated athletics program.
Since 2008, university enrollment has grown by more than 5,300 students — an increase of almost 28 percent. The University of Arkansas has also earned the Carnegie Foundation’s highest research classification making it one of only 108 institutions in the country — and the only school in the state — to hold that distinction.
At the same time, Razorback Athletics has established itself as one of the most successful and respected athletic programs in the country. While enjoying unprecedented athletic success, the program has also set new standards for graduation rates, grade-point averages and community service. And perhaps most notably, in October 2012 after more than 15 years, the University of Arkansas saw its name removed from a list of institutions subject to increased potential NCAA penalties based on compliance history.
As you review the many additional accomplishments included on the pages to come, we hope you take pride in the tremendous progress that has been made. It certainly has been a team effort. And we want to thank you for your support and the difference you are making in the lives of student-athletes.
As Razorback Athletics continues to move forward strategically focused on its mission, it will do so building on the measurable progress it has made in every aspect of the program and looking remarkably different than it did just more than five years ago.
G. David Gearhart Chancellor
Jeff Long Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics
MISSION: To assist in the development of student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics
19 SPORT PROGRAMS (11 women’s sports, 8 men’s sports)
- WOMEN’S SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis and Volleyball
- MEN’S SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis
- STUDENT ATHLETES: Approximately 460 student-athletes