Chancellor names new provost
After a 17 month-long search, Chancellor Joel E. Anderson announced Zulma Toro-Ramos as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Nov. 7, according to the Office of Communications.
“Dr. Zulma Toro-Ramos brings to UALR an impressive portfolio of leadership skills and experiences that will serve this university very well,” Anderson said. “She enthusiastically embraces our student success goals, and her vision and values are a good match for UALR’s mission. She is well-prepared to lead our university’s academic division through the challenging times that lie ahead for higher education. Dr. Toro-Ramos has a strong record of engaging the community as well as state legislators to the benefit of her university and state.”
Toro-Ramos is currently dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. and will assume her new position at UALR on Jan. 7, 2013. As provost, she will lead the Graduate School and Bowen School of Law, as well as six colleges: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Business; Education; Professional studies; Engineering and Information Technology; and Science.
Sandra Robertson, director of the UALR Office of Budget, Planning, and Institutional Research, has served as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs since David Belcher left the position June 30, 2011, to become chancellor of Western Carolina University.
“I am honored and excited with the opportunity to serve as provost and vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock,” Toro-Ramos said. “I look forward to working with Chancellor Anderson and his leadership team, the faculty, students, and staff as we continue to take this wonderful institution to its next level of excellence.”
Toro-Ramos was dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of New Haven, Conn., from 2001 to 2005 and was chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez from 1999 to 2001 before taking her position at Wichita State in 2005.
As dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State, Toro-Ramos was responsible for overseeing 54 full-time faculty members and about 2,300 students including those pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. She also helped establish relationships with industry, government, and alumni for the college.
Toro-Ramos achieved a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988, a master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983, and an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in 1982.