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Phone: 479-575-8673

Emily Wright, Co-Director

Emily Wright serves as Senior Associate Director for the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. She advises students who are applying for scholarships and fellowships to support research initiatives and graduate education. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining ONCA, Emily worked in cross-cultural and higher education in Washington, DC.

In her role with APSI, Emily manages the registration process and any inquiries regarding the institute. If you need assistance with registration, please contact Emily at She will be glad to assist you with any questions.

Matt Hargis, Co-Director

Matt Hargis is senior associate director of admissions for recruitment. He works with a team of 18 professional recruiters who meet with and counsel prospective students and their families. The recruitment staff also manages recruitment activities including high school visits and college fair attendance throughout the state and region. In addition, he and the recruitment team plan major events for the office including the annual open house, regional recruitment events, and guidance counselor in-service training opportunities.

Hargis joined the admissions staff in 2004 as assistant director for recruitment in South Arkansas and later in Northwest Arkansas. In 2005, he assumed responsibilities as associate director. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.