Former Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College Batesville, Arkansas
Deborah Frazier recently retired from a more than thirty-year career in Arkansas higher education, during which she served as chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville, where career and technical education was foundational to the region’s workforce.
She provided leadership as co-chair of IMPACT Independence County to increase opportunities to improve the region’s economic prosperity leading to sustainable family wages. The process fostered a five-year strategic plan that led to many improvements within the area. Frazier readily joined community leaders and champions for education to volunteer her time and energy in advocating to provide Arkansas high school students access to the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, an accomplishment that changed secondary education in Arkansas for generations to come.
As the first female to serve as a member of the consolidated Midland Public School District, Frazier learned the importance of collaboration and compromise. She utilized these same skills while serving within a variety of organizations.
Frazier earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lyon College in Batesville, and a master’s in business education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
With community service as a chief priority throughout her career, Frazier has been recognized by multiple organizations for her commitment to public service, leadership and dedication to excellence in education. As a first-generation college graduate, she recognizes the power education has to enhance individuals’ life, which is why she has invested her career in ensuring Arkansans have the educational opportunities they deserve.