Dr. Mary B. Gunter, a member of the Arkansas Tech University faculty since 1998, took office as interim chief of staff in the ATU Office of the President effective Jan. 2, 2018.
Gunter holds the rank of professor of educational leadership at Arkansas Tech. The driving force behind the design and implementation of the first doctoral program in Arkansas Tech history, Gunter has served as dean of the ATU Graduate College since 2009. She added the responsibility of dean in the ATU College of Education in 2015.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to be able to assist our president, Dr. Robin E. Bowen, in the role of interim chief of staff,” said Gunter. “As we continue to achieve the goals set forth in our strategic plan, we maintain a sharp focus on student success. I look forward to the opportunities this role will provide me to work on a broader basis with our educational partners, an opportunity made possible in part by the fact that we have leaders who are ready and willing to continue our work in the College of Education and the Graduate College.”
While Gunter is tending to the duties of chief of staff, Dr. Linda Bean will serve as interim dean for the ATU College of Education and Dr. Jeff Robertson will be interim dean for the ATU Graduate College. Robertson will continue as dean of the ATU College of Natural and Health Sciences. Searches for the positions with interim appointments will take place in spring 2018.
Gunter will serve on the ATU Executive Council and succeed Dr. Jeff Mott, who came to Arkansas Tech as chief of staff in September 2015.
In addition to ensuring a proper transition for chief of staff responsibilities, Mott will also work during the spring 2018 semester to complete the current Leadership Tech year and provide for the sustainability of the program moving forward. Mott will leave the university by the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year.
“I cannot sufficiently articulate how much Dr. Mott’s service in the role of chief of staff has assisted me,” said Bowen. “His legacy here includes Leadership Tech, a program that will continue to provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff far beyond his final day with us. As Dr. Mott pursues the next step in his professional journey and seeks out opportunities that will allow him to be closer to his family on a more regular basis, I wish him the very best.”