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About Dr. Laurence B. Alexander

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Dr. Laurence B. Alexander is the sixth Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Prior to coming to UAPB, Alexander served as the Associate Dean of the University of Florida (UF) Graduate School, Director of the Office of Graduate Minority Programs, a Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and a Professor in the Department of Journalism. Alexander has held several administrative positions throughout his career. Chair of the UF Department of Journalism and Provost Administrative Fellow in the UF Office of Academic Affairs. He was a Fellow in the 2012-2013 Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium’s Academic Leadership Development Program (SECAC/ALDP). A native of New Orleans, Alexander received a bachelor's degree in Drama and Communications from the University of New Orleans, master's degree in Journalism and Communications from UF, Juris Doctor from Tulane University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University.

At UF, Alexander chaired the Graduate Curriculum Committee and directed more than 20 student development and funding programs at UF, including the UF McKnight Doctoral Fellowships, the National Science Foundation LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate, the Florida A&M University Graduate Fellowship Feeder Program, and the Annual Graduate Student Grants and Fellowships Conference. He led the Graduate School’s program in recruitment, retention, success and graduation of underrepresented minority students. In that role, he has generated more than $10 million as a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on federal grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, and through other development efforts to support students. As a Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF Innovation Through Institutional Integration Program, Alexander served on the Leadership and Management Team of the UF I-Cubed Program.

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As a Professor, Alexander taught more than 10,000 students. He has received significant awards, honors and recognition for his research and undergraduate teaching. He was named the 12th UF Distinguished Alumni Professor, a UF Distinguished Teaching Scholar and member of the UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, a UF Research Foundation Professor, and he received the Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award. Moreover, his national honors and awards include the Florida Education Fund President's Award, the Freedom Forum Teacher of the Year Award and the Baskett Mosse Award, given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and the accrediting council to a mid-career faculty member who is outstanding in teaching, research and service. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communications law.

Dr. Alexander served three terms on the UF Faculty Senate and a term as faculty representative on the Boards of Directors of the University Athletic Association and the UF National Alumni Association. He served as a member of the AEJMC Executive Board, as chair of the AEJMC Standing Committee on Professional Freedom and Responsibility, and as chair of the Board of Directors of The Independent Florida Alligator. He served as a member of the AEJMC Publications Committee, the Nominations and Elections Committee, the Finance Committee and chaired the AEJMC Development Task Force. In addition to the AEJMC, he is a member of the International Communication Association, Modern Language Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Education Law Association, American Bar Association, Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Before joining UF, he served on the faculty of Temple University and the University of New Orleans. He also has worked in the journalism profession for The Houma CourierThe Times-Picayune and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Legacy of Leadership

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Joseph Carter Corbin
Founder, First Principal, Branch Normal College (1875-1902)

Isaac Fisher

Principal, Branch Normal College (1902-1911)

W.S. Harris
Superintendent, Branch Normal College (1911-1915)

Frederick T. Venegar
Principal, Branch Normal College (1911-1917)

Jefferson Ish
Superintendent, Branch Normal College (1915-1921)

Charles Smith
Acting Superintendent, AM&N School (1921-1922)

Robert Malone

Superintendent, AM&N School (1922-1928)

Dr. John Brown Watson
President, AM&N College (1928-1942)

Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Sr.
President, AM&N College (1943-1972); Chancellor, UAPB (1972-1973)

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Earl Evans
Acting President, AM&N College (1959-1960)

Johnny B. Johnson
Acting Chancellor, UAPB (1973-1974) Provost, UAPB (1985-1986)

Dr. Herman B. Smith
Chancellor, UAPB (1974-1981)

Dr. Lloyd V. Hackley

Chancellor, UAPB (1981-1985)

Dr. Charles A. Walker
Chancellor, UAPB (1986-1991)

Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely
Interim Chancellor, UAPB (June –November 1991)

Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr. 
Chancellor, UAPB (1991-2012)

Dr. Calvin Johnson
Interim Chancellor, UAPB (2012-2013)

Dr. Laurence B. Alexander
Chancellor, UAPB (2013-Present)

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About UAPB

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Founded in 1873 as Branch Normal College, a branch of the Normal Department of the Arkansas Industrial University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has undergone many changes. During the span of its existence, the school has had three name changes, from Branch Normal College to the Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal School in 1921, to the Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College in 1927, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1972. This great institution has survived for 141 years and it proudly stands as a beacon of light and hope for students across this great nation. This remarkable University stands shoulder to shoulder with other universities as a fully accredited institution of higher education. Building on the values of our earlier leaders, strong men of vision and determination – Joseph C. Corbin, Jefferson Ish, Robert Malone, John Brown Watson, and Lawrence A. Davis, Sr. and other contemporary leaders, we will continue to thrive as we embrace students in order to impart academic knowledge as well as life lessons, and develop leaders who are powerful, courageous, and determined to achieve Truth, Wisdom, and Justice.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is accredited by
The Higher Learning Commission: Member
North Central Association
30 N. LaSalle, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504

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About the Investiture

An investiture is the formal ceremony wherein the formal authority and symbols of high office are conferred upon the new leader. It is typically held during the new Chancellor’s first year in office, or at the conclusion of the first year. It is an academic ceremony which has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge since the Middle Ages. Today colleges and universities view investitures as opportunities to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community.

The installation of a new Chancellor is a ceremony of dignity with many academic traditions and protocols. It includes an academic procession of delegates from other colleges and universities as well as the institution’s own faculty. Marchers wear the colorful academic regalia of their own institutions. Interspersed with musical selections, the event includes greetings from members of the university community.

During the Investiture of Laurence B. Alexander, Ph.D., as with prior ceremonies for University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellors, the Chancellor’s Medallion, University Mace, University Charter and Seal of the University will be conferred, which are symbols of Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander’s responsibilities to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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RSVP for Events

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Directions & Lodging

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The Investiture Ceremony will take place on April 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pine Bluff Convention Center located One Convention Center Plaza in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. For directions, please click on the map below. You can also visit this link to view rates and availability of area hotels.



The areas shaded in blue indicate available parking near the venue (View larger image)

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Departures from Campus/On-Location Transport

Bus Transportation will be provided by Pine Bluff School District. Travel transition and time schedules for buses are as follows:

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Buses will travel along L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive picking up students from Hunt Hall, Harrold Complex Living & Learning Center, Johnny B Johnson Housing Complex, and the Delta Housing Complex

Additionally, buses will travel Watson Boulevard and pick up Students and other Faculty, Staff Passengers parked on the adjacent parking lots.

All passengers will be dropped off at the south entrance (Entry D) of the Pine Bluff Convention Center, located just off of East 10th Avenue.

Club Cars: Three (3) large capacity Club Cars will be utilized to provide short shuttle transportation back and forth from 11th and Main Street to the Pine Bluff Convention. Club Cars will run from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Faculty and Staff parking is available on the PBCC west parking, located just off of Missouri Street. To avoid traffic congestion it is suggested to enter the West Parking Lot by traveling easterly toward the Courthouse on the Martha Mitchell Expressway to University Drive. Turn right onto University Drive and continue to 8th Avenue, and then turn left onto 8th Avenue traveling east. Missouri Street is the first street directly behind (east of) the PBCC.

*Note- The last pickup for passengers will be at 1:30 p.m.

*Note- the last pickup for Trolleys will be 1:45 p.m.

Returns to Campus and Personal Vehicles

Buses: Buses will begin pickup from the Pine Bluff Convention Center at 4:30 p.m. and continue till 5:30 p.m.

Pine Bluff Transit: at 12:30 p.m., Trolleys will run and provide Shuttle Transportation for passengers parking nearby the Pine Bluff Convention Center, Civic Center and along Main Street, from 6th Street to 11th Avenue.

Trolleys: Trolleys will begin pickup from the Pine Bluff Convention Center at 4:30 p.m. and continue till 5:30 p.m.

Club Cars: Club Cars will begin pickup from the Pine Bluff Convention Center at 4:30 p.m. and continue till 5:30 p.m