PINE BLUFF, ARK. – Dr. Carla Martin, vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) (a public historically black university) located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, has been elected to the board of directors for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, according to James V. Kelly, chairman of the board and the Pine Bluff Commercial.
“Carla Martin is well known for her energy and leadership, in business, in the community and in education, and we are excited to welcome her insights to our board,” said Curtis Barnett, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Blue Cross.
Martin served as dean of the UAPB School of Business from 2009 to 2014, before taking the vice chancellor position. During her time as dean, Martin secured the business school’s first-time accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, as well as a grant from the Fullbright Foundation for a Fullbright foreign language teacher.
Prior to being named dean of the School of Business, Martin worked for Walmart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville as one of the four real estate transactions managers, and later as senior manager of supplier diversity. She also practiced law at Brown & McKissic (now McKissic & Associates in Pine Bluff. Martin has been recognized as one of the 40 under 40 business leaders by Arkansas Business. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UAPB and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law.
“During my time at UAPB, I have interacted and communicated with dean and now vice chancellor Martin. She is a very imposing person who is impactful to every one she interacts with. Dr. Martin will be a incredible asset to the board of the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as much as she is to the campus of UAPB. I commend Dr. Martin on her outstanding success and is elated to continue to follow her future accomplishments. I am proud to be a Golden Lion. ROAR!” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., president and founder of HBCU Campaign Fund.