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.