About Dr. Paul Beran

Dr. Paul B. Beran joined the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith as its chancellor on July 1, 2006. Beran came to Fort Smith from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he served as president for five years, working closely with state and federal legislators to advance higher education in Oklahoma.


Under Beran’s leadership, UAFS has nearly doubled the amount of baccalaureate degree programs it offers, as well as tripling student housing capacity and expanding the University’s Boreham Library from 30,000 to more than 70,000 square feet. He has helped expand the UAFS athletics program, overseeing Dr. Paul Beranthe transition from the junior collegiate level to an NCAA Division II athletic program.


Beran actively collaborates with the Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Recently, he oversaw an update to the University’s Master Plan, a road map outlining plans for development for the next 15-20 years.


The chancellor also created the Chancellor’s Coalition for the Visual Arts, which provides a public venue for the exhibition and collection of works of art that benefit students and people of the Fort Smith region. In recognition of his work to advance the academic opportunities of the African-American community,  he received the Golden Hands Award from the Martin Luther King Holiday Committee in 2008. He received distinction as a distinguished graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and was recognized by Texas A&M University’s College of Education as an outstanding alumnus.


Dr. Beran received his B.A. in English and Political Science and his M.A. in English at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He completed his Ph.D. in higher education curriculum and instruction at Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Janice, have two sons and two grandchildren.