In 1927 Little Rock Junior College opened to provide college-level courses to central Arkansas citizens who wanted and needed access to higher education. Classes met in a few unused rooms at Little Rock Senior High School and were led by one full-time teacher and a small group of part-time instructors who also taught in the high school. In its first year, āJayceeāāas students soon referred to the new collegeāenrolled approximately 100 students paying five dollars per semester hour for the collegeās two-year liberal arts program. Today the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a comprehensive research university with 13,000 students.
Throughout its history, UALR has enjoyed visionary leadership from its presidents and chancellors.
R.C. Hall (1927-1930)
John A. Larson (1930-1949)
Granville Davis (1950ā1954)
E.Q. Brothers (acting president 1954ā1956)
Carey V. Stabler (1956ā1969)
Carey V. Stabler (1969ā1972)
James H. Fribourgh (acting chancellor 1972ā 1973, 1982)
G. Robert Ross (1973ā1982)
James H. Young (1982ā1992)
Charles E. Hathaway (1993ā2002)
Joel E. Anderson (2003āpresent)