Former UA president dies in Alabama

Former University of Arkansas President James “Jim” Martin died Saturday. He was 84.

Martin oversaw five University of Arkansas campuses upon taking over as top administrator in 1980.

Under his watch, a chancellor position was established to lead the Fayetteville campus, with B.A. Nugent named chancellor in 1981.

Previously, the University of Arkansas president led both the flagship campus and oversaw others in the system, with the schools besides UA-Fayetteville having their own chancellors, said Dan Ferritor, UA-Fayetteville chancellor from 1986-97 and interim chancellor in 2015.

“I think he was important in terms of making the decision and carrying it out,” said Ferritor, who at the time served in a UA-Fayetteville faculty leadership role. “When you divide your attention between the entire system and one campus, neither of those gets your…

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