Kara Brown has been named the new assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
“I am humbly excited about this new position and the new initiatives that I have been challenged to oversee,” Brown said. “I am looking forward to making a positive impact for our students and helping them grow during their educational journey as well as their life after college.”
In her new role, Brown will lead the Student Experience Center and the Multicultural Center at UA Little Rock. The initiatives in these centers also include Fraternity and Sorority Life, UA Little Rock Summer Bridge Academy, Dr. Charles W. Donaldson Scholars Academy, Chancellor’s Leadership Corps, and Student Affairs Diversity Initiatives. In collaboration with the campus community, she will also lead the development of a student experience plan.
“Student experiences are essential to student life and student success at UA Little Rock,” said Dr. Cody Decker, vice chancellor for student affairs and chief data officer at UA Little Rock. “Kara’s experience, leadership, and skill set are critical as she leads the execution of the student experience portfolio and develops the university’s next student engagement plan.”
Brown joins UA Little Rock from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where she served as dean of student life and associate dean of students for activities. Her nearly 15 years of experience in higher education include previously serving as the diversity programs coordinator at UA Little Rock, student activities coordinator at Boise State University, and a career coach at the University of Arkansas.
“I am truly excited to return to the university that invested so much into me,” Brown said. “Seeing some of the faces of my old friends here has made my heart smile. Together, we will continue to go far and contribute to the educational growth of our students.”
Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Education in workforce development education degree from the University of Arkansas. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University and was a 2022 fellow for the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute at Clark Atlanta University. She is a member of Delta Theta Sigma Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Student Personnel Administration.
A native of Pine Bluff, Brown and her husband Dr. Glen Brown, a chiropractor and 2nd Ward alderman, are the proud parents of two children, Kaitlyn and Trey.