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Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely | Chancellor Emeritus and Retired Educator
Small towns can have varied influences, both positive and negative on its residents, and Magnolia, Arkansas, the hometown of Carolyn Frazier Blakely, was no different. At a very early age, before she was school age, she became the ward of her paternal grandmother when her mother passed and there was no one else to take her. Carolyn graduated from Columbia High School as its valedictorian and bypassed the college in Magnolia which, at that time, did not accept students of color because of segregation. Instead, Carolyn attended Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB).
While attending AM&N College, Carolyn met her future husband, Neal N. Blakely, who married her in 1959. As a member of the English Department at UAPB, Carolyn was engaged in work that she loved. As the years progressed, she was brought into administration by Dr. Charles Walker, then chancellor at UAPB, who asked her to serve as his assistant. During his tenure, she assumed the position of interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and later, interim chancellor when Dr. Walker resigned.
Through the rest of her tenure at UAPB, she served as interim chair of the Department of English, Theatre and Mass Communications on four different occasions, during three of which she also served as dean of the Honors College. At the request of the students, the Honors College was named in her honor.
Kevin Cole | Artist and Educator
Cole’s artwork is well known for including imagery of neckties as symbols of power and emphasizing the relationship between color and music, particularly jazz, blues, hip-hop, and gospel.
"When I turned eighteen years old, my grandfather stressed the importance of voting by taking me to a tree where he was told that African-Americans were lynched by their neckties on their way to vote,” said Cole. “The experience left a profound impression in my mind."
Cole received his degree in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1982; his M.A. degree in art education a year later, and his M.F.A degree in drawing from Northern Illinois University in 1984.
In 1994, Cole was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company to create a fifteen story mural celebrating the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. The mural took two years to create and was a little over 15 stories (8,200 square feet) in size. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Education and received the Award of Excellence for Public Art by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.
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Dr. Martha Flowers | Family Practitioner
Practicing medicine, traveling, and indulging in culinary creations are all a part of what Dr. Martha Ann Flowers’ life has been about. But of all those things, making a difference in the lives of others has always been a priority. Dr. Martha Flowers was born the third of six children to Dr. Cleon and Mrs. Martha L. Flowers in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She attended local schools graduating from Southeast Junior and Senior High School in 1963. After graduating from Howard University in Washington DC, she taught laboratory science at Arkansas AM&N College for two years. In 1974, she received a medical degree from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Flowers joined her father in private practice in Pine Bluff in 1978 where she continues to practice medicine to this day.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Flowers has dedicated her practice to preventive medicine and patient education. Her commitment to serving others has extended well beyond the boundaries of medicine. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP, Pine Bluff Chapter and member of the UAPB Foundation Fund Board. As an avid reader, she is constantly in search of knowledge and information and aggressively seeks to give that knowledge back to youth, her family and community. She is the mother of one daughter, Elizabeth Taylor.
Dr. Joe Hargrove | Cardiologist
A native of Grady, Arkansas, Dr. Hargrove received his undergraduate degree from AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), a graduate degree from the Tuskegee Institute, and graduate studies at Harvard University, Cornell University, and the University of Akron, and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve. University School of Medicine. He is currently in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas and specializes in cardiovascular diseases. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Hargrove served as Assistant Professor and Director of the catheterization laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. Hargrove lectures locally and on the national level in the field of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and lipid disorders. In addition to his clinical practice, he is also involved in clinical research serving as a Principal Investigator for numerous on-going studies. Most recently, he has assumed the chairmanship of a committee made up of members of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), whose focus is the recruitment and mentoring of young medical professionals in an effort to assure that adequate numbers of minority physicians are being trained and are available to meet the needs of the community.
Scott McGeorge | President and CEO of Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel
W. Scott McGeorge works for a group of family owned companies that include Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co., McGeorge Contracting Co., Inc. and Cornerstone Farm and Gin Co., where he serves as Senior Family Member. The companies perform marine construction in a multistate regional area, build highways and similar projects, mine various minerals and produce and sell stone products, asphalt pavement and sand. Cornerstone is engaged in farming operations.
Scott received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1965. He graduated from U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years, including one year with the patrol boats in Vietnam.
He is active in many local and civic activities including President of Trinity Foundation, a charitable foundation that seeks to benefit residents of Pine Bluff, Little Rock and the surrounding areas through grants for scholarships, support of educational institutions and other civic activities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Simmons First National Corporation.