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SEARK College announces press conference to showcase new hires and plans for the launch of NJCAA Athletics in Southeast Arkansas

Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) is set to launch its competitive sports programs this fall, including men’s baseball, women’s softball, and Esports during the 2023- 2024 academic year, with men’s and women’s basketball and cheerleading set to begin in late 2024. SEARK has been officially accepted into the National Junior College Athletic Association, paving the way for its athletes to compete at a high level.

Dr. Steven Bloomberg, President of SEARK, expressed excitement about the new athletic and academic opportunities that the college will be offering to the area, the state, and beyond. The college has hired Mr. Chad Kline as the first athletic director and head men’s basketball coach. Kline brings extensive experience as a player and coach for college basketball teams, having served as an athletic director and NCAA Compliance Officer in Tennessee. He is determined to build a foundation of solid athletic programs and successful student-athletes in all areas inside and outside of competition.

SEARK has also hired Ka’Lisa Stanfield as the new Dean of Students. Stanfield, a native of Pine Bluff, will be responsible for advising athletes, assisting with athletic-related compliance, student discipline, and student activities, including intramurals. She has most recently served as an interim athletic director in Alabama.

SEARK will be introducing Athletic Director Kline and Dean Stanfield at a press conference and reception on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at SEARK College’s SEABROOK Facility located at 6808 S Hazel St. in Pine Bluff. The college will also be announcing a major lead gift donation for the college’s capital campaign to raise money for the start of athletic programs, facility upgrades, and student housing.

SEARK College was established in 1991 by Act 1244 of the 78th General Assembly of the State of Arkansas. The college provides comprehensive community college education and services, with an emphasis on technical education and workforce development, for the citizens of Jefferson, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, and Lincoln counties. The educational programs and services include technical career education, workforce development, university transfer, education, general education, adult education, continuing education, and community services.

For more information, contact Wanda Grimmett at or at 870-543-5907.


Additional Information on Capital Campaign:

Barbara Dunn Executive Director

Institutional Advancement Southeast Arkansas College 870-543-5957