Mr. R. Mark Horn serves as vice chancellor for university relations, where he works to convey the priorities and mission of the institution, build and strengthen relationships with the University's many stakeholders, represent the chancellor as his schedule dictates, and advance the objectives of UAFS within the statehouse and the Arkansas higher education community. He has held this position since October 2011.
Horn arrived at the University in 1992 and served his first five years as vice president for finance and administration. From 1997 to 2005, Horn performed the duties of vice chancellor for planning and budgeting, and was responsible for strategic and financial planning for the institution. Horn reassumed the finance and administration duties in 2005, where he led the team responsible for the business and financial operations of the institution, physical plant and construction activities, and the safety and security of the campus.
Prior to arriving in Fort Smith, Mr. Horn served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 22 years, retiring in 1992 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. While on active duty, Horn was involved in the financial and logistics operations of Air Force programs and facilities. He served in both command and staff assignments around the world, including Hawaii, South Dakota, the Republic of Panama, Alabama, Nebraska, Maine, Texas, Thailand, and Vietnam. Horn culminated his Air Force service while serving as the Director of Cost and Management Analysis, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Honolulu.
Mr. Horn received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a master's of business administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and completed additional studies in national security management through the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He also attended the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management and is a 1995 graduate of the Leadership Fort Smith program.