From a writer’s perspective, Bob Ware is the ‘Mike Rowe’ of Arkansas.
Bob Ware had three goals when he graduated from high school:
He wanted to join the military.
He wanted to be a truck driver so he could drive from coast to coast.
He wanted to be the CEO of a major corporation.
From his earliest memories, he knew he always wanted to be a leader, and although he may have missed a bit on his three original goals, he is definitely a great leader.
Bob Ware is currently Vice Chancellor for the University of Arkansas at Monticello
College of Technology at McGehee (UAM-CTM). Bob has proudly worked in public
service for over 45 years. He began his tenure with UAM-CTM in 1975, serving in various
administrative positions before serving as Assistant Director, a position he held for 26
years. He then went on to serve as President for the Great Rivers Technical Institute in
McGehee for 3 years, prior to being selected for his current position as Vice Chancellor
One of his greatest accomplishments for the university came as a surprise during the 40-
year celebration fundraiser. He had his eye on a large digital sign for the campus that
would be a $50,000 investment and $20,000 for scholarship funds. The theme was
based on donations like $4, $40, $400, and so on. The were expecting to raise $40,000;
instead, they doubled that amount and reached $80,000.
Another achievement Bob Ware should be enormously proud of is how he has touched
the lives of so many people through the years for higher education. He mentioned
“before I retire, I want to get a head count of all the students.” His career has been very
rewarding. He has been instrumental in setting up Alumni to be hired back as employees
of the college.
He has many wins for UAM-CTM under his watch. There was $950,000 for Nursing and
Allied Health, a renovated Automotive Center that just reopened and now includes
Chemistry, Computer and IT Labs and a meeting room. The Library was also renovated
and a Heavy Equipment center is in Warren.
One of 10 siblings, Bob was born and raised in Tillar, Arkansas by his grandparents who
instilled in him the value of learning and education. Growing up, Bob’s role models
included Martin Luther King, Jr. and his high school principal, Richard Smith. He
attended and graduated from McGehee Wolfe Project Public Schools. He holds a
Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science from the University of
Arkansas at Pine Bluff (formerly AM&N) and a Master of Science degree in Vocational
Technical Administration from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
He diligently serves on numerous higher education councils and committees, including
the university’s Executive Council, Academic Council, University Council, Strategic
Planning Committee and the Technical Graduation Committee.
In July 2000, Bob was recognized with an Outstanding Service Award during his service
as President of the Arkansas Department of Career and Technical Education’s
Administrative Division. Affirming his commitment to education, he was a school board
member for the Tillar School District for 12 years.
A 2006 Man of The Year recipient, awarded by the McGehee Chamber of Commerce,
Bob is involved in the community serving numerous organizations. He is a current
member of the McGehee Chamber Board of Directors and served prior as Vice
President and later as President for 2 years. He is also a member of Dermott, Dumas
and Lake Village’s Chamber of Commerce.
Bob serves on the Board of Directors for the Desha County Single Parent Scholarship
Fund and previously served as the board President for a decade. He is also a member of
the McGehee Industrial Foundation Think Tank Committee.
Bob is an active member of Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church in Tillar, Arkansas
where he is Chairman of the Deacon Board and Chairman of the Trustee Board. He and
his wife, Cassandra, reside in McGehee, Arkansas.
His final goal before he retires is to raise $12 million to bring all the centers to one
campus housed in McGehee. While others may think this a lofty goal; he may be just the
man to get the job done in this state. He realizes the value of tradespeople, and he
continues to lead the way in Arkansas with his tenure as Vice Chancellor for the
University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at McGehee.