ASU Three Rivers Names Leader for New Saline County Career and Technical Campus
MALVERN, Ark. – Arkansas State University Three Rivers announced the appointment of Scott Kuttenkuler the new assistant vice chancellor for the Saline County Career and Technical Campus.
Kuttenkuler will oversee all operations of the Saline County Campus and assume the position on March 1. He has been in Arkansas higher education in a variety of roles for the past 18 years and most recently was vice president for student affairs at Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff. He was also the campus liaison to the Jefferson Area Technical Career Center (JATCC) and provided administrative support of five career coaches who are located in high schools throughout Southeast Arkansas. Previously, Kuttenkuler was at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for 13 years serving in various roles.
“This is a project like no other in Arkansas," Kuttenkuler said. "The vision and commitment of the citizens of Saline County to make this investment is amazing. I am excited to get started and to do all that I can to foster the development of skill-sets, mindsets and opportunities for the future students of the Saline County Career and Technical Campus.”
The campus will serve students from Bauxite, Benton, Bryant, Glen Rose, Harmony Grove, and Sheridan school districts. Students will be able to take classes related to careers while they are enrolled in high school.
Jerrod Williams, superintendent of Sheridan School District, expressed his enthusiasm in the hiring Kuttenkuler.
“The Yellowjacket Nation is looking forward to working with Mr. Kuttenkuler in his new role at the Saline County campus," Williams said. “His wealth of experience in higher education and strong leadership skills make him an excellent choice to oversee the operations of the new Campus."
The Saline County Career and Technical Campus is the product of an innovative partnership involving six area school districts, Saline County municipalities, the Saline County Judge, state legislators, the Saline County Economic Development Corporation and Arkansas State University Three Rivers. Students will have the opportunity to take classes in 10 pathways.
Bryant Superintendent Karen Walters said the campus “will provide our local high school students with job training and technical knowledge for careers in skilled trades after graduation. The students will gain career preparation and employability training to prepare them for a successful future. They can directly enter the workforce with the ability to earn a high wage or with the skills needed to continue their education."
Lamont Cornwell, executive director of the Saline County Economic Development Commission, expressed his confidence in the hire.
“From the beginning of our dream to build the Saline County Career and Technical Campus, I knew we had to have the right person to not only work with our six school districts and ASU Three Rivers, but be able to communicate our vision to the citizens of our county," Cornwell said. "We had to have the right person that would fulfill the dream of ‘Together we can make a difference.’ Scott Kuttenkuler is that person.”
The position is being funded by the six Saline County school districts attending the secondary career center.
Kuttenkuler graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a master's degree in communications with a concentration in training and seminar Development and a bachelor's degree in corporate communications.