Vice Provost for Enrollment
Suzanne McCray serves as the vice provost for enrollment and the dean of admissions at the University of Arkansas. She also directs the Office of Nationally Competitive and is an Associate Professor in the college of Education and Health Professions. She is currently completing a fourth term on the national selection committee for the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship and her second on the Critical Language Scholarship review committee.
Dr. McCray has been an active member of the College Board and is a member of its Southwestern Regional Council (and will be chair in 2018) as well as the national Advanced Placement Higher Education Advisory Council. She is an active member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, serving as its president from 2003-2005. She has edited five books published by the University of Arkansas Press on issues connected with nationally and internationally competitive scholarships. The two most recent include All In: Expanding Access Through Nationally Competitive Awards (2013), and All Before Them: Student Opportunities and Nationally Competitive Fellowships (2015). She is also an active member of several admissions and enrollment management organizations.
She holds bachelor's (high honors) and master's degrees in English from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.
Assistant to the Dean
Kathi Davidson is the assistant to the vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions. In addition, she oversees the Student Ambassador program, which is comprised of 75 student volunteers. Having previously attended the university, she is the proud mother of two University of Arkansas graduates.
Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Services
Dave Dawson is the university’s registrar and director of academic projects and services for UAConnect, the university's student information system. As registrar, he leads a team charged with managing policies and processes pertaining to curriculum, registration, graduation, transcripts, transfer credit, room scheduling, and academic procedures on behalf of academic affairs, the colleges, and the faculty. The registrar's office serves current and former students by capturing, producing, and maintaining academic records. As UAConnect director, Dawson and his staff work with University IT services in managing projects, training, and services for the students, faculty, and staff utilizing the student information system.
Dawson began his career at the university in 1992 as an academic advisor. In 1998 he was promoted to director of the Fulbright College Advising Center. He accepted the appointment as registrar in 2010 and as associate vice provost in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Centenary College and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas.
Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid
Phillip Blevins is the senior associate director of financial aid and scholarships and assists the executive director with leadership of the financial aid and academic scholarship office. His primary job duties include financial aid packaging and disbursement of aid and oversight of the financial aid counselors, verification team, and technical staff.
Blevins began his career at the University of Arkansas in December 2000 as a computer technician in the Center for Students with Disabilities. In November 2002, he transferred to the financial aid office where he has held many positions. He has served as associate director of financial aid since March 2008. An Elkins native, Blevins holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in information systems.
Director of Communications
Jeremy Burns serves as director of communications for Enrollment Services. In this role, he supervises marketing and public relations for Enrollment Services and coordinates a team dedicated to supporting the division’s communications efforts in print and digital media.
Burns is a native of Russellville and graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor's in creative writing and English. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in English from the University of Arkansas.
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Matt Hargis is senior associate director of admissions for recruitment. He works with a team of 18 professional recruiters who meet with and counsel prospective students and their families. The recruitment staff also manages recruitment activities including high school visits and college fair attendance throughout the state and region. In addition, he and the recruitment team plan major events for the office including the annual open house, regional recruitment events, and guidance counselor in-service training opportunities.
Hargis joined the admissions staff in 2004 as assistant director for recruitment in South Arkansas and later in Northwest Arkansas. In 2005, he assumed responsibilities as associate director. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.
Senior Associate Director of Academic Scholarships
Garrick Hildebrand is the senior associate director of scholarships and financial aid and assists the executive director with the leadership of the scholarship and financial aid office. His primary job duties include management of the current student scholarship process and direct oversight of retention staff and scholarship processors.
Hildebrand was appointed to the academic scholarship office as a program coordinator in November 2007 and was promoted to associate director in July 2009. He is from Fayetteville and holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in higher education leadership. He is currently serving as the adviser to the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity and serves on the board of directors for the Razorback Band Alumni Society.
Senior Associate Director for Operations and Information
Cliff Murphy is the Senior Associate Director for Operations and Information in the Office of Admissions. He provides leadership in the credentials evaluation unit and information technology unit. Originally from Memphis, TN, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Missouri Southern State University and a Masters of Science in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University.
Associate Director, New Student Orientation & Transfer Central
Amber Roth is the Associate Director of Admissions for Orientation and Transfer Central. She is originally from York, Nebraska, and she graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Nebraska.
Director of Registration and Reporting
Executive Director of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid
Wendy Stouffer is the executive director of financial aid and academic scholarships. Her financial aid team is responsible for processing and awarding applications for federal financial aid, as well as disbursing institutional aid and state aid, such as the Academic Challenge Lottery Scholarship. The academic scholarship team processes thousands of scholarships applications annually and awards and posts university scholarships and scholarships from outside organizations. In addition, the scholarship team works closely with students to help retain their awards throughout their tenures at the university.
Stouffer is a Rogers native who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice and a law degree, both from the University of Arkansas. She practiced law for three years before joining the university in 2001 as assistant director of admissions. Stouffer served in the admissions office in various capacities until September 2010 when she was named director of academic scholarships. She has served on many campus committees including the faculty admissions and appellate board, the athletic integrity committee, the enrollment advisory committee, and the scholarship review committee.