Ozark Hall renamed

Interim Chancellor Daniel Ferritor gives former chancellor G. David Gearhart a framed copy of a proclamation by the Board of Trustees changing the name of Ozark Hall to G. David Gearhart Hall on Friday, Nov. 20. (Photo by Ginny Monk)

Interim Chancellor Daniel Ferritor gives former chancellor G. David Gearhart a framed copy of a proclamation by the Board of Trustees changing the name of Ozark Hall to G. David Gearhart Hall on Friday, Nov. 20. (Photo by Ginny Monk)

By Ginny Monk

The Razorback Reporter

UA officials conducted a ceremony Friday afternoon to rename Ozark Hall, a building in the center of campus now known as G. Gearhart Hall.

Charles Robinson, vice chancellor for diversity, spoke about his time working with Gearhart. He described Gearhart’s money management skills, how he trusted his employees and how Gearhart encouraged those he worked with by describing everything associated with the university as “the best of its kind.”

“Even when the Razorbacks lost a game, the chancellor would somehow figure out way to describe that loss as the best a team had ever had,” Robinson said.

Interim Chancellor Daniel Ferritor presented Gearhart with a framed copy of a resolution from the Board of Trustees declaring the building G. David Gearhart Hall.

The resolution stated that Gearhart “created a distinguished legacy of accomplishment with enduring benefits for the university and for the state of Arkansas.”

Gearhart said he has spent his time during retirement with his grandchildren and preparing his classes to teach in 2016.

“I am looking forward to being in the classroom and being with students,” Gearhart said.

The crowd gives a standing ovation after former chancellor G. David Gearhart's speech at the renaming of Ozark Hall on Friday, Nov. 20. (Photo by Ginny Monk)

The crowd gives a standing ovation after former chancellor G. David Gearhart’s speech at the renaming of Ozark Hall on Friday, Nov. 20. (Photo by Ginny Monk)

Gearhart congratulated the Board of Trustees and the search committee for selecting Joseph E. Steinmetz as the next chancellor. He said they did a “fabulous job.”

Steinmetz will begin as chancellor in January.

Gearhart Hall is home to the Honors College, the Graduate School and International Education and the Department of Geosciences.

Gearhart was chancellor from 2008 to January 2014. Before that, he was the vice chancellor for University Advancement for 10 years, according to the university website.

He instituted the first tuition freeze in 24 years and began a $350 million campus building renovation and refurbishment plan and an energy-saving plan, according to the university website.