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Jim Borsig, Ph.D., begins work today as interim chancellor of Henderson State University after the Arkansas Legislative Council approved his contract on Friday.
His one-year employment contract includes the understanding that it could be extended to a second year by mutual agreement. Borsig will earn an annual salary of $230,000.
Trustees fro Henderson and the Arkansas State University System approved a merger agreement and transition plan in 2019. The merger is pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission and action from the Arkansas General Assembly.
The target for completing the merger is Jan. 1.
Borsig will report to ASU System President Charles Welch under the merger agreement.
Borsig most recently served as president of Mississippi University for Women from 2012-2018, and he has been associate commissioner and interim commissioner of higher education in Mississippi.
He holds a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University, a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies.
Borsig replaces Elaine Kneebone, who has served as acting president for the past year and will continue to serve as the university’s general counsel.