by Max Brantley
My sources say the choice will be Glendell Jones Jr., a senior associate vice chancellor for academics and research at Arkansas State University who's recently been ASU's interim provost and executive vice chancellor during a search for a new
Jones, a Blytheville native, is a first-generation college graduate whose undergraduate degree was earned at Henderson. He also holds a law degree from the University of Arkansas and a master of laws degree from the University of Florida. His resume here. In his letter of application, he wrote of his personal experience with the transformative power of the "Reddie Spirit."
History? Jones is black. He'll be the first African-American to head a public university in Arkansas, apart from the chancellors at the UAPB campus of the UA.
The other finalist was Bradford Hopson, a vice president at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University.