UAPB Chancellor appoints leaders to key positions

Updated: 2/19/2014 1:03 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

February 14, 2014


Positions for Institutional Advancement, Research established

Dr. Laurence B. Alexander

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander has been implementing his vision of increasing the institution in size and stature. Part of that vision includes the placement of leaders in key positions – Dr. Mary E. Benjamin as vice chancellor for Research; James B. Tyson, CFRE, as vice chancellor for Development/Institutional Advancement; and Dr. Jacquelyn McCray as interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“The new position in Research is needed to provide campus-wide leadership that will enable us to accomplish our goals for growing the university’s external resources through strategically pursuing additional contracts and grants,” said Dr. Alexander. “Because of the excellent leadership Dr. Benjamin has demonstrated in securing grants for the STEM Academy, she is well-suited to guide the institution through the next phases of research support from grants, contracts and partnerships through local, state, federal and private funding sources.” Dr. Mary E. Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin, who has served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs since 1992, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies from Tuskegee Institute, a Master of Science degree in Sociology from Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Mississippi State University. As the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she developed innovative programs promoting academic advancement for students and faculty. She has skillfully managed recommendations for employment, promotion, tenure and retention. Once an academic liaison to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Dr. Benjamin is the founder of the UAPB STEM Academy and has given leadership in obtaining STEM expansion grants totaling $16M from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.

As Principal Investigator on the grants, her most recent adventure has been giving leadership in gaining approval and developing coalitions to successfully fund a $10M STEM Academy and Conference Center to centrally house the programs at UAPB. The facility is scheduled for completion by August 2014.

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