Former Faculty Member Returns As Provost

Jimmie Yeiser

Jimmie Yeiser
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By Jennifer Lawrence
Senior Editor

   A former faculty member returns to the University of Arkansas at Monticello as the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

   “I want people to know that the Academic Affairs office puts students first and faculty second. Students and faculty are our highest priority,” said Jimmie Yeiser. He feels it is very important for all faculty members to remain in academics, adding to their base knowledge.

   Yeiser has had previous experience at UAM. He was on the faculty from 1980-1998.

   “He knows the campus, the state and the type of students we have,” Chancellor Jack Lassiter said.

   Lassiter also stated that Yeiser has an appreciation and understanding of teaching on the college level. Yeiser is a research scientist with classroom experience. He is researching ways to make herbicides safer and break down faster.

   A native of Utica, Ky., he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. He received his Ph. D. from Texas A&M in 1980, just before joining UAM as a forestry professor. He returns to UAM because he “loves the school, and the people of this region.”

   The son of a farmer and construction worker, he is a first generation college student and the only one in his family to go to college.

   “I can relate to the issues students have,” said Yeiser, referring to being first generation students. Those students do not have someone they can call for assistance because their families do not know where to tell them to go.

   Yeiser is married with two children, a son and a daughter. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling.

   He said the decision to attend UAM is a wise choice because of the outstanding programs and faculty.

   Yeiser said he feels the faculty is among the best there is, and they are committed to preparing students for the future.

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