RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – The vice president for academic affairs, Dr. John W. Watson, at Arkansas Tech University is stepping down to resume full-time teaching, according to a news release.
The Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees recently promoted Watson from professor of mathematics to distinguished professor of mathematics at its meeting on Nov. 20, the release states.
Watson will take a sabbatical during the spring 2015 semester to prepare for his return to the classroom, and he’ll begin teaching again in the fall 2015 semester, according to the release.
He’ll continue serving in his current role through the end of the fall 2014 semester, the release states.
“I have yet to meet anyone who has a deeper and more genuine concern for Arkansas Tech and its students than Dr. Watson,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president at Arkansas Tech.
She continued, “He is an admired leader and an administrator of rare talent. Perhaps most importantly, he possesses the compassion and empathy necessary to be a great educator. I will miss working with him in an administrative capacity, but I am so pleased that his gifts will continue to benefit our students in the classroom.”
While Watson served as the vice president for academic affairs, Arkansas Tech received approval from state officials to begin the development of its first doctoral program, the release states.