Four Finalists Named in UAPB Chancellor Search

Four finalists have been named in the search for the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the school announced Monday.

The finalists are:

  • Laurence Alexander, associate dean of the graduate school and director of the Office of Minority Programs at the University of Florida;
  • Everette Freeman, president of Albany State University in Georgia;
  • Kim Luckes, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Norfolk State University in Virginia;
  • Robert Mock, vice president for student affairs at the University of Kentucky.

The finalists were chosen by an advisory search committee chaired by Robert McGehee, dean of the graduate school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a UAPB alumnus, with the help of an executive search firm, according to a news release.

Mock is the only finalist with formal Arkansas ties, having previously served as vice provost for student affairs and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and as director of recruitment and retention and associate dean in the College of Professional Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

"I'm grateful to Dr. McGehee and the members of the committee for their diligent work in helping us find the very best person to serve as the next chancellor at UAPB,” said Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, in the news release.

"The high quality of these candidates is a testament to the work of our committee and to the attractiveness of the position as chancellor of this fine university. We are looking forward to getting to know them better as we move into the final stages of this process."

The candidates will visit the UAPB campus later this month for two days of meetings with students, faculty, staff and Pine Bluff community leaders, according to the release.

Luckes will visit on Jan. 22 and 23; Mock on Jan. 24 and 25; Alexander on Jan. 29 and 30, and Freeman on Feb. 5 and 6.