CLARKSVILLE - TheUniversity of the Ozarks Board of Trustees has elected Richard L. "Rich"Dunsworth, J.D., as the University's 25th president, effective July 1, 2013.
Dunsworth, 43, has served as vice president for enrollment at MillikinUniversity in Illinois, since 2004. He will succeed Dr. Rick Niece, who isretiring in June after a 16-year tenure as president of the private,Presbyterian-affiliated university.
Established in 1834, the university is Arkansas' oldest institution of higher learning.
Dunsworth,who has a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois, has been at Millikinsince 1991, including stints in student life and academic development. In hisrole as vice president for enrollment, he oversees numerous departments,including admission, athletics, financial aid, institutional research,marketing, media relations, registrar and student development. Dunsworth andhis wife, Holly, have three young children.
"AtUniversity of the Ozarks we found the perfect fit," Dunsworth said. "When myfamily and I began this process, we hoped to find an institution that wasgrounded in faith, which would allow for the opportunity to share our personaland professional lives, and one that would welcome the entire family. We feelblessed to have found such an institution."
Beforebecoming vice president for enrollment in 2004, Dunsworth served as dean ofstudent life and academic development from 2002-2004 at Millikin, a privatecollege of approximately 2,400 students in Decatur, Ill. He has alsotaught intermittently at the university since 1994 in the areas of politicalscience, communication and English.
Dunsworthand his wife, Holly, have a 9-year-old son, Nicolas, and 7-year-old twins,Matthew and Emma.