LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansas Baptist College, a private historically black college, recently announced new leadership changes in works to rebuild its finances and enrollment

According to THV11, Little Rock lawyer Richard Mays was elected as the chair of the Board of Trustees and Regina Favors was appointed as Interim President of the College.

Judge Mays, who has a long and distinguished legal, judicial and business career has served on the Board of Trustees of Arkansas Baptist College for nearly 10 years. He succeeds Dr. Harris, who completed his term of service to the board as chairman.

Mrs. Regina Favors is a graduate of Arkansas Baptist College. Her parents are graduates as well, her father, the late Dr. W.O. Lindsey, served on the college’s board of trustees and her mother also volunteered as a college librarian. Favors is the former CEO of a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

“We are so pleased that Regina Favors is assuming the position of Interim President,” said Mays. “Mrs. Favors is extremely well suited for this important leadership role. Regina is a graduate of this institution who has had distinguished career as a senior business executive. No one could be more passionate about serving our students and this community. She is the right person, at the right time, to help us focus on preparing our students for a lifetime of achievement on their chosen careers.”

Prior to accepting the role of college president, Mrs. Favors served as President and CEO of Pinnacle Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. She had been with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas for 43 years. She previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Favors has functioned in several management roles during her tenure and had management oversight for the “effective operations and financial activities of Medicare Programs, including Medicare Part A and Part B in several states; private business and CHAMPUS.” Mrs. Favors has taught as an Adjunct Professor with her alma mater from 1986 to 2004, extending educational opportunities and careers to student of Arkansas Baptist College. She also taught at Philander Smith College, and Webster University.

“The greatest challenge we have before us is rising up to meet the needs of our community by being true to our founding mission. If we do that, and do it well, we will resolve our current challenges and continue to have a positive impact on the lives of generations to come,” Favor said. “I am humbled and enthusiastic about the opportunity to put my lifetime of experience to work for the College I love. I am confident that we will quickly return the College to its original mission and the sound financial standing we had previously enjoyed and worked so hard to attain.”

Mrs. Favors served on the Arkansas Baptist College’s Board of Trustees and has served on 32 other boards, including the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Foundation, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas Coordinating Council, the Quorum Court of the Pulaski County Public Facilities Board and Achieving Leadership Institute in Dallas, Texas. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and was a member of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Arkansas Lung Association Board of Directors where she received a national military guard award for her philanthropist work. Mrs. Favors received the Trailblazer 2011 Powerful Business Women Award and was featured in the AY About You Magazine.

Mrs. Favors hold a bachelor of science degree from Arkansas Baptist College. She earned her master’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University with a focus in education. She completed the Duke University Executive Program and is a certified health insurance executive. She has numerous certifications from professional organizations. Mrs. Favors is a member of the Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

Favors succeeds Howard Gibson who served as interim president after former president Dr. Joseph Jones departure from the College in December. Former president, Dr. Fitz Hill, has pledged his full support to Mrs. Favors, and continues to serves at the college as Director of the Scott Ford Center and Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist College Foundation.

“Under Dr. Fitz Hill’s ten-year tenure as president of Arkansas Baptist College, the college enjoyed an unprecedented period of progress in fulfilling our mission while also developing a model for financial stability. We were able to achieve these goals due to overwhelming community and business support,” said Mays. “Our goal is to send a strong message to all who have ever supported this institution that this board and all of those who serve the college are committed to renewing and enriching our relationships as we continue to work together to have a positive life-changing impact on those we serve and the community that support us.”

 

About Arkansas Baptist College

Arkansas Baptist College is an urban Historically Black College located in the historic Little Rock Central High District. It also neighbors the Wright Avenue District and the famous Paul Lawrence Dunbar Junior High School. The College is the only Baptist affiliated Historically Black College west of the Mississippi and has a student population close to one thousand from all across the United States. Founded in 1884 as the Minister’s Institute, the College continues to be supported by the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention. Arkansas Baptist College prepares students for a life of service grounded in academic scholarship, the liberal arts tradition, social responsibility, Christian development and preparation for employment in a global community. For more information, visit www.arkansasbaptist.edu.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Former Chicago State University President, Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr., has been appointed as the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Strategic Magtriculant Services at Edward Waters College (EWC). Dr. Calhoun will begin serving, effective September 10, 2018, as the College’s chief enrollment management strategist and architect. He will be responsible for providing greater coordination, and analytical rigor to every phase of the overall operational recruitment, enrollment, retention, and persistence of EWC students in support of the institution’s aspirations to achieve both heightened student success and greater enrollment growth.

According to an press release by the university, as an accomplished administrator and academician with a higher education career spanning 20 plus years, Dr. Calhoun is the former President of Chicago State University and most recently served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement at Kentucky State University. He formerly held posts as Vice President for Enrollment Management, Interim Provost, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama (UNA). Prior to his leadership at UNA, Dr. Calhoun served as Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services at the University of Washington College of Engineering.

“We are delighted to welcome such a seasoned and demonstrably effective higher education leader of the caliber of Dr. Calhoun to our venerable collegiate community here at Edward Waters College,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.

“Dr. Calhoun’s high acumen and expertise in leading this very critical area of expanded focus for EWC will serve to principally enhance the development and implementation of innovative and effective support models aimed at promoting our student’s overall success leading to future enrollment growth for our institution,” President Faison continued.

As an academician and member of the faculty, Dr. Calhoun was a laboratory technician in the Biology Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he taught experimental laboratory methods in molecular biology. He subsequently directed a science and technology program at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and later served as principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, principal at Hales Franciscan High School, and headmaster at St. Gregory Episcopal School.

“I am inspired by President Faison’s tremendous and transformational vision for the future of Edward Waters College and an enthusiastic to join in support of his leadership,” said Calhoun. “It is equally thrilling to have the opportunity to serve in partnership with the stellar community of administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni of Edward Waters in support of the outstanding students at EWC.”

Dr. Calhoun earned his bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University in Philosophy and Biology, a master’s of science degree from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s of arts degree in educational administration from the University of Chicago, and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership from the University of Washington.

Dr. Calhoun is an ordained itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has lectured and preached extensively around the country, and has served as associate minister at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, GA, Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, IL, First AME Church in Seattle, WA, Greater St. Paul AME Church in Florence, AL, and St. John AME Church in Frankfort, KY. He holds a master of divinity degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri has named Arkansas native and UAPB alumnus, Dr. Miron P. Billingsley as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Billingsley will begin serving on September 4.

Dr. Billingsley has countless years of experience in higher education as a professor, dean, director and vice president. Prior to his appointment at Lincoln University, he served as Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Jarvis Christian College. Prior to then, he served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University in 2014 and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Prairie View A&M University in 2008.

While at PVAMU, Dr. Billingsley provided vision, direction, and review of student service operations. Under his leadership, he established a Counseling Center on campus, created a Veterans Center to recruit and retain military veterans and cultivated partnerships with all areas of the university to deliver seamless service to students. Additionally, Dr. Billingsley formed a Parent’s Association and led Student Affairs through a successful re-accreditation self-study and campus evaluation visit.

Prior to PVAMU, Dr. Billinsley served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Director of Training and Development for PeopleSoft at the University of Houston and Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Langston University. In addition to his higher education experience, Dr. Billingsley served four years in the U.S. Navy as a radio man on the USS Bunker Hill.

Dr. Billingsley earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a master’s degree in telecommunications from Texas Southern University, and Doctor of Education degree from Oklahoma State University. He completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Executive Leadership Institute through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Dr. Billingsley is married to national bestselling author, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and is the father of four children.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Council of Presidents has announced that Dr. Charles McClelland will become the sixth SWAC Commissioner in league history since the conference began in 1920.

According to an official press release, McClelland has served the past 17 plus years at the helm of two SWAC member institutions – Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas Southern University since April of 2008 and the prior seven years as Athletics Director at Prairie View A&M University. McClelland will succeed the role from Edgar Grant, who has served the role of Interim Commissioner since December 31, 2017.

Chairman of the Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Dr. Andrew Hugine, thanked Mr. Grant for his dutiful and steady leadership during the transition period. He further stated that the Council is looking forward to working with Mr. McClelland as SWAC charts a new course in athletic and scholarly excellence for the conference.

Among the job duties entailed, the Commissioner shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Conference and report to the Conference Council of Presidents & Chancellors of the member institutions. The Commissioner will work with the Council, Athletic Directors, and other key athletics administration staff of each member institution to create initiatives and strategies designed to achieve the mission and vision of the Conference.

“As a young person growing up in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, it’s a good feeling to be named commissioner,” said Dr. McClelland. “To have an opportunity to lead this conference in this era is overwhelming. I’ve been at Texas Southern University for 10 years and met a lot of friends. TSU is like family. I’m sad to close that chapter, but I’m excited to open a new one.”

A native of Jackson, Miss., Dr. McClelland earned his doctoral degree in higher education administration at Texas A&M University in 2001. A 1993 graduate of Prairie View A&M University, McClelland earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 1997 received an MBA from Prairie View.

McClelland’s extra-curricular affiliations include membership in the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Lambda and the National Association of Black Accountants.

McClelland is a former member of the NCAA Leadership/Management Council. One of the highest ranking councils in the NCAA, the Leadership/Management Council is responsible for establishing direct general policy, the strategic plan for the NCAA and advises the board of directors on administrative bylaws and regulations.

He is also a past president of the Houston Touchdown Club and has served on the board of directors. Previously, McClellland served as chairman of the SWAC Council of Athletics Directors, a position he had held for 10 years.

McClelland is married to Ashlee McClelland and is the father of two sons, Cainan and Ashton and one daughter, Cooper.

Dr. Emmanuel Lalande, Vice President for Enrollment Management

COLUMBIA, SC – Benedict College has announced that Dr. Emmanuel Lalande has joined as the new Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Lalande brings to the college over a decade of higher education and administration experience.

According to a press release from the university, in his new role, he will be responsible for recruiting some of the best and more promising students from across the country. Additionally, Dr. Lalande will provide oversight to the areas of Financial Aid, Admissions and Marketing, the Call Center, Scholarships, International Programs and Retention.

“Dr. Lalande brings a wealth of experience in higher education and enrollment management. He has a great combination of experience, enthusiasm, and passion for student success,” remarked Dr. Roslyn C. Artis, President, and CEO of Benedict College. We look forward to benefiting from his expertise as he leads our enrollment efforts.”

Previously, Dr. Lalande has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida Memorial University where he led the university division that supports students in meeting their academic, health, financial and social needs. He served as Dean of Student Success at Harris-Stowe State University where he raised approximately $2 million in grants and private donations, Dr. Lalande also launched a variety of new initiatives, including a living-learning community for members of the Honors program and students majoring in math and science, a service learning program, and a project that focused on creating a more inclusive campus.

Prior to then, He served as Assistant Dean/Director of Student Involvement at Bethune-Cookman University; Director of Student Activities at Washington College in Chestertown, Md.; and Director of Student Leadership & Activities and Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs at Delaware State University in Dover, Del.

Dr. Lalande has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Delaware State University. He earned a Doctorate of education degree with a concentration in organizational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.