ASU-Newport chancellor announces retirement

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    NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) - The first chancellor of Arkansas State University-Newport is stepping down.

    Larry Williams says he will retire Aug. 31 after 12 years of service. He's served as the only chancellor in the school's history.

    The two-year college has campuses in Newport, Jonesboro and Marked Tree. ASU System President Charles Welch says the search for Williams' successor begins immediately, and the school hopes to have a replacement hired by Sept. 1.

    During Williams' tenure, enrollment climbed from 500 students in 2001 to 2,160 students this spring. The campus also embarked on several capital projects under Williams' leadership, including a $3 million transportation technology center and a $3.2 million student community center.

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