COVID-19 Response Overview

On March 2, 2020, the University of Arkansas convened a COVID-19 Response Team to assist the university’s Communicable Diseases Outbreak Committee in coordinating activities designed to support our community’s health and well-being and develop contingency plans to limit the impact to university operations.

Some 14 subcommittees were assembled to address specific elements in contingency planning. More than 150 representatives from across campus participated in the subcommittee planning process, helping develop plans for the university’s pivot to remote instruction in March 2020, phased return to campus and continued campus guidance throughout the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Response Team continues to monitor the situation and will revise guidelines as needed. The team leads are listed here:

COVID-19 Response Team Leads

Teams/subcommittees and leads:

  • Terry Martin (co-chair), interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs
  • Laura Jacobs (co-chair), vice chancellor and chief of staff


  • Anna Zajicek, interim vice provost for academic affairs

Communicable Diseases

  • Huda Sharaf, health center medical director
  • Matt Mills, public safety


  • Mark Rushing, associate vice chancellor for university relations


  • Melissa Harwood-Rom, interim vice chancellor for student affairs


  • Scott Turley, associate vice chancellor for facilities management


  • Ann Bordelon, vice chancellor for finance and administration
  • Michael White, associate vice chancellor for financial affairs

Environmental Health and Safety

  • Richard Ashworth, associate director for environmental health and safety

Human Resources

  • Debbie McLoud, associate vice chancellor for human resources

Logistics and Mobility

  • Curt Rom, associate dean for international education
  • Sarah Malloy, director, study abroad


  • John English, vice chancellor for research and innovation
  • Bob Beitle, associate vice chancellor for research and innovation
  • Wes Stites, associate vice chancellor for research and innovation

Student Assistance

  • Lori Lander, associate dean of students


  • Tricia Matysak, associate director of sports medicine