Kaleybra Morehead has been promoted to vice president of academic affairs at Southeast Arkansas College after serving as an interim in the position since last year, school officials announced Friday.
Morehead came to SEARK 19 years ago and made a professional home for herself.
“I love it here. I love seeing the students succeed,” she said. “It is important to the community to have a well-educated workforce. Our staff reflects the students who graduate.”
Morehead previously served as vice president of college affairs-advancement.
SEARK conducted a national search seeking to fill the position and found the winning candidate under its roof, said SEARK President Stephen Hilterbran.
“She has contributed to the college for a long time,” Hilterbran said. “She sees the community from more than one perspective.”
A search committee reviewed about 20 applicants, considered four finalists and determined Morehead was the best fit for the job, Hilterbran said. She takes over on a permanent basis about one year after Linda Lewis retired.
Morehead welcomes continuing on the role.
“I went to three interviews and did not know I was selected until the other day,” she said. “I am going about my business as usual. Today I got a lot of well-wishes from employees.”
The official word of her hiring came on Thursday when Hilterbran sent an email to SEARK employees.
“Dr. Morehead is very honest, upfront and dependable on carrying out assignments,” Hilterbran said. “She is experienced working with academic affairs.
“There were a lot of qualified candidates who applied. We felt she was the best fit. We look forward to her making great strides,” he said.
The duties of the position include managing general studies, business, technology studies, workforce development, the library, community relations, marketing and the SEARK website and being a liaison to the school’s foundation, Hilterbran said.
Morehead is proven at making contacts with employers on behalf of students, he said.
Morehead has worked in higher education for more than 25 years. She has taught political science at SEARK and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
With her selection, Morehead said her family may have a low-key celebration for her.
Morehead earned a doctorate in higher education-administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; performed post-graduate work at Iowa State University and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; earned a master’s in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
She is married to David F. Morehead and they have three children: Alexandra, Lauren and William.