LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) announced that Dr. Carlos R. Clark has been selected to become the College’s 15th president, succeeding Ms. Regina H. Favors who has served as Interim President since August 16, 2018. The Board of Trustees is sincerely grateful to President Favors to her dynamic, entrepreneurial, and visionary leadership. As a result of President Favors’ prudent stewardship of the College’s financial resource that empowers students to succeed and fuels the cultural and economic vitality of the city.

Dr. Clark has been an effective, innovative, and collaborative higher education leader for more than 25 years. He currently serves as Provost and Executive Vice President and has worked for the College since 2018 in several leadership positions. He also held various senior level positions at Wilberforce University, Prairie View A&M University, and Alabama A&M University.

The selection of Dr. Clark was determined after a national search and by vote of the Arkansas Baptist College Board of Trustees, led by Richard Mays, Sr., Chair. “The Trustees are delighted that Dr. Clark has accepted our offer to serve as 15th President of Arkansas Baptist College. In addition to his impressive academic credentials, his experience with the College and his extensive experience gained at several other HBCU institutions is an asset. Dr. Clark has become a serious student of higher education leadership receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management, as well as a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education, with major emphasis in Student Affairs and Statistics from The University of Mississippi. He also received a certificate due to his successful completion of the Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard University. These opportunities, matched with his vision, energy and passion, will server the institution well, as the College continues to realize both its historic and current mission under Dr. Clark’s capable leadership,” said Mays.

“I am extremely excited to continue to serve Arkansas Baptist College as President. The mission resonates with me, especially its emphasis on preparing students for personal and professional success and especially its focus on service, social justice, and leadership. I sincerely thank the Board of Trustees and the presidential search committee for this amazing opportunity. I look forward to working in this new capacity with the incredible Arkansas Baptist College faculty, students, staff, and alumni – in a collective effort to deliver the rich promise of ABC to a growing number of students in these challenging times,” said Dr. Clark.

Dr. Clark will begin his term as President on October 1, 2020. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available regarding opportunities to welcome Dr. Clark in this new role.

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About Arkansas Baptist College
Arkansas Baptist College prepares students for a life to 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.

 

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.

LITTLE ROCK, AR – This past December, the Board of Trustees of Arkansas Baptist College announced that current president of Arkansas Baptist College, Dr. Joseph L. Jones, has been terminated for caused effective immediately.

Now the the Board of Trustees has named Howard O. Gibson as interim president reported by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. The Board hopes to have a permanent new president by July 1.

Since 2015, Dr. Gibson has served as the chief academic officer at the college. Previously he was interim executive assistant to the chancellor at Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana. Earlier he served as associate vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and diversity at Mississippi Valley State University. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Gibson was dean of the School of Business at Arkansas Baptist College.

Dr. Gibson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education, all from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

For more information about Arkansas Baptist College, visit www.arkansasbaptist.edu.

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Board of Trustees of Arkansas Baptist College announced Monday that Dr. Joseph L. Jones, President of the college has been terminated for cause effective immediately.

According to ArkansasMatters.com, Dr. Jones had served as president of Arkansas Baptist for fifteen months and succeeded the ten-year tenure of Dr. Fitz Hill who resigned to pursue other interests after leading the college to restored accreditation and financial stability, with near record student enrollment.

The termination of Dr. Jones was predicted on his lack of transparency with the Board on issues that could place the Board and the institution at significant risk of financial and legal jeopardy. This lack of transparency prevented the board from having the information necessary to make timely decisions that would have been necessary to avoid these potential risks.”The board has lost confidence in Dr. Jones’ leadership and judgement in order to guide the school to its greatest potential,” said Dr. Harris, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Reported by HBCU Digest, Dr. Jones dismissal also comes weeks after ABC faculty complained about prospects of not receiving their regular pay checks.

 

As of now, the Board has not announced appointment of either an interim nor replacement for the president position.

LITTLE ROCK, AR Dr. Joseph L. Jones announced Ms. Tameka Angola Harper, MPA will joined the College Leadership Team at Arkansas Baptist College as Dean of Students on December 1, 2016. As Dean of Students, Ms. Harper will oversee all initiatives that support and oversee the College’s efforts in linking out-of-classroom experiences to the mission of the College while fully integrating the academic, residential, and co-curricular aspects of students’ lives. The office will also handle all student related judicial affairs matters.

“Tameka’s position reflects a broad and encompassing role as our senior students affairs officer,” said Dr. Joseph L. Jones, President of Arkansas Baptist College. “Please join me in congratulating Ms. Harper and wishing her great success at Arkansas Baptist College.”

Ms Harper comes to ABC from Wilberforce University, where she most recently served as the Associate Dean of Student Academic Support Services in the Division of Academic Affairs. In this role her responsibilities included Athletic Student Advising, First Year Student Programming, New Student Orientation, and Study Abroad programs, Academic Probation, Disability Services and Scholars Program. Prior to that role she served as Director of Campus Activities where she brings expertise in creating and leading co-curricular programs that strengthen the student experience through an exuberant campus life setting, developing Wilberforce University’s student life vision and creating a talented team to support it, developing programs that support student retention, implementing practices in accordance with Title IX regulations, and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive campus community.

In her 15-year career in Student Life and Services, she has also served as Corporate Director of Student Services for the American Professional Institute in Georgia; Program Coordinator for the largest internship program in law within the nation’s capital for the Office of Corporation Counsel (District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office). Ms. Harper is currently finishing her Doctoral Studies in Political Sciences at Clark Atlanta University; has earned a Masters of Public Administrative from the University of the District of Columbia in 2001; and a B.A. in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Political Communications from Georgia State University in 1998. Among her notable accomplishments, Ms. Harper served as lead or co-designer for multiple strategies focused on undergraduate student success, including Greek Life Advisor, First Year Experience signature programs, University Pageants, Student Leadership Development programs, Student Government Association Advisor, the Women’s and Men’s Leadership Summit, the W.E.B. Dubois Scholar’s program and The New DEAL Program (Dean’s Excellence and Leadership).

She as received recognition for Outstanding Service as a Director, awarded The Most Dedicated Administrator award by Student Government Association.

 


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 River 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. This mission of the College is to “prepare 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 about Arkansas Baptist College, visit www.arkansasbaptist.edu.

 

img_0541LITTLE ROCK, AR – On November 3, 2016, during a meeting The Board of Directors of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) removed the Show-Cause Order from Arkansas Baptist College. In the fall of 2015, HLC placed Arkansas Baptist College on the Show-Cause Order due to alleged financial and administrative oversights. The Board determined that the College is now in compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation and Core Components, although it will remain subject to interim monitoring a year from now.

Dr. Joseph L. Jones, who was recently appointed the 14th President of the College in September, is excited by the Board’s decision. “I was pleased to receive the notification this afternoon regarding HLC’s decision to remove the Show-Cause Order from our Institution. The Commission has performed its due diligence and has concluded that Arkansas Baptist College has met all of the Criteria for Accreditation including Assumed Practices and Federal Compliance. Although this past year has been taxing for the campus, we were always confident that we were in compliance with all HLC accreditation standards. Now that this process has come to a close, we look forward to getting back to the business of providing our students a quality education and collegiate experience,” said Jones.

The Board also placed the College on the Standard Pathway and required that it host its next comprehensive evaluation for Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2020-21.

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 River 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. The mission of the College is to “prepare 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 about Arkansas Baptist College, visit www.arkansasbaptist.edu.