PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has expanded its degree offerings to include its first engineering degree, Agricultural Engineering, and a Hospitality and Tourism Management degree program. The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the programs at its meeting on May 24 after both previously received the approval of the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees. Classes will begin this fall.

“It’s fitting that our first engineering degree would be in Agriculture as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is an 1890-land grant institution,” said Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr., Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

“Agriculture and tourism are the state’s top industries, generating $16 billion and nearly $6 billion annually, respectively. Our goal at UAPB is to offer programs that empower students to positively impact their communities, the state, and society at large,” said Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander.

Carr added that the Agricultural Engineering degree will offer three areas of emphasis: power and machinery; agricultural production systems; and soil and water systems:

  • The Power and Machinery track will challenge students’ creative minds to develop and improve the next generation of agricultural equipment. Upon completion, students may pursue careers in fields associated with hydraulic engineering.
  • The Agricultural Production Systems track will focus on aspects of animal and plant production, including structural development and analysis and environmental control and air quality issues associated with housed animals and plants. This track will prepare students for careers in agricultural chemistry, large irrigation systems work and management, soil fertility treatment, biological pest control, and agricultural commodities.
  • The Soil and Water Systems track will emphasize the design and evaluation of conservation systems. Students will learn how to mitigate and improve the environmental impacts of production and agriculture. Upon graduation, students will have the knowledge to become water resource specialists, wastewater engineers, environmental engineers, and soil and water conversations.

University officials believe that the response to the new degree programs will be robust, as potential students have expressed desires to study engineering at UAPB. Carr said, individuals in this career path typically enjoy median earnings of more than $111,000 annually.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management course of study will include classes that are key to the hospitality industry and tourism market, including management of restaurants and hotels and the marketing of both. Students will be prepared to thrive as general and sales managers and in entry-level positions.

“The timing of the Hospitality Management and Tourism degree program is ideal as it opens the door for possible partnerships with the new casino resort coming to Pine Bluff,” said Dr. Carr. Individuals who are interested in the hospitality and tourism field should expert to work to involve hours beyond the typically 8-to-5 day, and Carr said the university will structure the classes likewise.

“We will receive $500,000 per year over the next 5 years for agriculture-related scholarships. We hope to use these funds to expand scholarship opportunities to include students majoring in our two new degree programs,” he added.

University officials said graduates of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program can expect to earn between $40,000 and $50,000 annually.

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About the University of Arkansas of Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings, and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance. UAPB offers Certificate and Associate degree programs, more than thirty undergraduate programs, Master’s degree programs and a Doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department, and accomplished athletic programs. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

PINE BLUFF, AR – Entrepreneur, Lawyer, and Legislator Marc Morial will serve as the keynote speaker for the annual Black History Month assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The free, public event will take place Thursday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the J.M. Ross Theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.

Lauded as one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation, Morial served as President and CEO of the National Urban League since 2003 and has been the primary catalyst for an era of change – a transformation for the 105-year old civil rights organization. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between white and blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans.

Under his leadership, the League launched a historic $100 million, five-year “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative in 2013 – a solutions-based, comprehensive approach to the nation’s employment and education crisis that brings together federal government, business, and non-profit resources to create economic opportunity in 50 cities across the country through the Urban League affiliate network.

His creativity has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and Entrepreneurship Centers in 10 cities to help the growth of small businesses. Also, Morial helped create the Urban Empowerment Fund, which will lend urban impact businesses, and helped created the League’s New Markets Tax Credits initiative, which has resulted in $1 billion in community investment via urban impact businesses, including minority business, through both debt and equity investments.

As mayor of New Orleans, Moral was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition who led New Orleans’ 1990 renaissance and left office with a 70% approval rating.

As a lawyer, Morial won the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service to the poor and disadvantaged. He was also one of the youngest lawyers, at the age of 26, to argue and win a major case before the Louisiana Supreme Court.

As a professor, Morial served on the adjunct faculty of Xavier University of Louisiana, where he taught Constitutional Law and Business Law.

As a Louisiana state senator, Morial was named Legislative Rookie of the Year, Education Senator of the Year, and Environmental Senator of the Year, while authoring laws on a wide range of important subjects.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous honorary degree including Xavier University and Howard University.

Under appointment by President Obama, Morial has served as Chair of the Census Advisory Committee, a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability, and on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. He was also appointed to the Twenty-First Century Workforce Commission by President Bill Clinton.

Morial has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the Nonprofit Times, and one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in America.

For more information about the event, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at 870-575-7061.

 

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) announced it has received a $2.2 million gift from the Windgate Foundation (Windgate) to establish the Windgate Foundation Scholarship Endowment and fund the John Miller Howard Art and Education Legacy Exhibition (Howard Exhibition) at the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery at the UAPB Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center.

The scholarship endowment will provide funding each year to assist eligible students with education-related expenses. Entering and current students, pursuing any degree plan are now eligible to apply.

“It is always remarkable when organizations, such as Windgate, partner in our institution’s mission to assist students in reaching their educational and career goals. So it is with extreme gratitude and excitement that we enthusiastically accept this gift and thank Windgate for recognizing UAPB’s role in educating the next generation,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, Chancellor of UAPB.

“Windgate Foundation is pleased to partner with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to create significant academic opportunities for student success. The Windgate Scholarship Endowment fits perfectly with UAPB’s mission of providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership,” said Patricia Forgy, Windgate Foundation executive director.

The Howard Exhibition is named in honor of the late John Miller Howard, who was an artist, founder of the UAPB Department of Art and art educator at the university for four decades. The exhibition top open in the fall of 2020 and run through 2022, will feature Howard’s paintings, personal letters, collectibles, photos, and memoirs. Arkansas Delta region public and private schools will be invited to view the exhibit.

The Windgate Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 1993 and has awarded more than $698 million in grants.

About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance. UAPB offers Certificate and Associates degree programs, more than thirty undergraduate programs, master’s degree programs and a doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department and accomplished athletic program. For more information, visit www.uapb.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 – Philander Smith College (PSC), a historically black college, has announced that Tamika S. Edwards, J.D., has been selected to lead the College’s Social Justice Institute following an extensive national search. The appointment, which makes Edwards the second Executive Director in the institute’s history, will begin September 4.

According to an press release by the university, established by Philander Smith College in 2007, the Social Justice Institute is the center incubator for the College’s focus on its mission to “graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice….” In recent years, the Social Justice Institute has been inspired to rethink and re-imagine its approach to justice-driven education. With a newly broadened scope, the Social Justice Institute has reorganized with the intent of making a greater impact not only locally, but also regionally and nationwide.

“We are thrilled that Tamika Edwards is joining us to lead the critical work of the Social Justice Institute, the heart and soul of the campus culture at Philander Smith College. We are confident in her tremendous ability and experience in bringing people together to help enact meaningful change. Furthermore, her passion for addressing policies that breed inequality will help to elevate the Social Justice Institute’s status as a regional center an resource for justice work,” said Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., President of Philander Smith College.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Edwards has nearly twenty years of experience in public policy and community development. Most recently, she served as Director of Governmental Affairs at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) where she led the development and execution of the organization’s legislative strategy. Prior to AACF, she was Director of Public Policy at Southern Bancorp Community Partners and previously served as Community Affairs Specialist in the Office of U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln.

Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), a master’s degree in professional and technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), and a juris doctoral from UALR Williams H. Bowen School of Law. In addition to serving in numerous community leadership roles, she is a contributor to Talk Business and Politics, a news website that covers business, politics, and culture throughout Arkansas. In 2017, she was recognized in the inaugural edition of The Arkansas 200, published by Arkansas Business, as a leader “who influences the way we live, learn and do business in the state.”

 

ABOUT THE SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE AT PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE

With its most recent activities and events – to include a refreshed brand and look, to its Law and Justice Summit for local leaders, to its first-ever two-day ‘JusticeCon2018’ convening targeted at awakening and nurturing social justice activism in students – the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College is poised to become a global leader in justice education by inspiring and equipping students, thought-leaders, activists and community members to tackle the work of combatting inequity. More information about the Social Justice Institute can be found at www.rethinksocialjustice.org.

ABOUT PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a small privately supported, historically black, four-year liberal arts institutions related to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

The College offers four degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Social Work. The College’s mission is to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better.

Philander Smith College, the only United Negro College Fund member institution in Arkansas, strives to provide a quality education for all regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or ethnic background. For more information about Philander Smith College, visit www.philander.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.

Pictured: Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr. (Photo Creds: www.diverseeducation.com)

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has named Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr., as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affair, effective August 2017. He will be replacing former Provost and Vice Chancellor Dr. Jacquelyn W. McCray. In this position, the former Dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University (ASU) will work as chief academic affairs officer. Dr. Carr will work closely with deans, faculty, staff and students to develop, implement and promote educational and scholarship goals and provide leadership to ensure excellence in the university’s mission. He will also oversee academic affair including all budgetary and policy priorities and will partner with Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander to implement UAPB’s strategic plan.

According to the university, Dr. Carr brings broad administrative experience to UAPB, having served in leadership roles in academic affairs; planning and evaluation; securing and managing grants; and faculty development. He led numerous accreditation and assessment activities for ASU and was a member of the provost’s advisory staff.

“I am excited to work with Dr. Alexander and the stellar faculty, staff members, and other administrators at UAPB,” said Carr. “UAPB is an energetic institution with great aspirations, impactful community service, diverse and talented students, and a high-quality faculty and staff dedicated to making a difference.”

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Carr served as Dean and Professor of Education in the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University in 2010, and Dean and Associate Professor for the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Langston University in 2009. He was also employed at Jackson State University as the Director of Professional and Field-Based Experiences and as an Assistant Professor of Education.

Dr. Carr has been an National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) board of examiners member and national team chair and is currently a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) site visitor. A true higher education trailblazer, Dr. Carr led Alcorn State University to become the first historically black university in the nation and first institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi to CAEP accreditation. He has spearheaded a technological overhaul at Alcorn State University, where he has led an effort to transform numerous classrooms into smart classrooms.

Dr. Carr received an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Walden University and a B.A. degree in psychology from Tougaloo College. Dr. Carr is currently a 2017-2019 Whisenton Public Scholar and in 2013, he completed the Management and Leadership Institute at Harvard University.

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.