Dr. Bentley E. Wallace became the fifth President of South Arkansas College on February 1, 2020.
Dr. Wallace has extensive experience with community colleges in Arkansas. From 2006 to 2013, he served as Director of Business and Transportation Technology at Arkansas State University – Newport. In 2013, he became the Vice-Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College. In 2018, Dr. Wallace was promoted to serve as the first Dean of the School of Technical and Professional Studies, one of three schools at UA-PTC. He also served as President of the Board of the state’s two-year college association. Previous professional experience includes healthcare administration, construction management, and transportation-related industries.
Dr. Wallace earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arkansas State University – Jonesboro. At the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, he earned a doctorate in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education, with research focused on the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate. Dr. Wallace was nominated by faculty and received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award during his final semester at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Wallace’s community service includes volunteer efforts with civic organizations and numerous appointments to boards and commissions. He has helped establish and manage music and art festivals, has served on the boards of diverse community organizations, including arts councils, community theatres, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, the Arkansas STEM Coalition, the Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance, and was an Honorary Commander at the Little Rock Airforce Base. He is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.