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.

Dr. Carla Martin, vice-chancellor of finance and administration at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff [Photo credits: http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/people/lists/profile/1002/carla-martin]
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.