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UAPB to nominate next chancellor this week

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published February 25, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.

The University of Arkansas System announced Monday it would announce Laurence B. Alexander as the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Photo courtesy of University of Arkansas System.

Laurence B. Alexander will be nominated as the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, according to a Monday news release from the University of Arkansas System.

Alexander, who currently serves at the University of Florida as associate dean of the graduate school and director of the Office of Minority Programs, will be nominated by UA System President Donald R. Bobbitt at a special meeting of the board of trustees this week.

Bobbitt said in the release that he believes Alexander has the experience and enthusiasm to do well at the university.

"It's a university that has grown and developed throughout the past two decades, and I am excited about the leadership Dr. Alexander will provide to help the campus and its students," he said.

Alexander said he considered it a high honor to be nominated.

"I am humbled by the nomination and encouraged by the outstanding opportunity facing UAPB, the Pine Bluff community and the state of Arkansas," he said.

The university states Alexander is a New Orleans native, as is his wife, Veronica. They have three sons — Brandon, David and Tyler.

Upon approval from the board, the university said Alexander will begin his tenure by July 1, succeeding Calvin Johnson, the interim chancellor since April.

Read more in Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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