- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas announced interim business school dean Matt Waller will lead the school on a permanent basis.

The school on Monday said Waller, 51, will formally move into the permanent role on May 1. He will earn a salary of $400,000.

“I have been very impressed with Matt Waller, as a person and as an administrator,” said Chancellor Joe Steinmetz. “I am confident that we have found the best person for this important position.”

UA spokesman Steve Voorhies said Waller will also hold the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair in Business.

Waller became interim dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business last year after Eli Jones left to take a position at Texas A&M; University.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Uh1G5u ) reported Waller joined the university in 1994 as a visiting assistant professor. He said enrollment in the business college has grown from about 2,000 students to about 5,800.

“It looks like in 2016 we’re going to have over 6,000 students,” Waller said. More than 26,700 total students enrolled at the University of Arkansas this past fall.

Waller has helped push to expand executive education at UA, and he said the school will also work to retrain employees affected by the downturn in the oil industry. Those efforts can bring in revenue for the university, Waller said.

He earned bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri. He also has a master’s and doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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