Arkansas Baptist College President Carlos Clark Resigns; Regina Favors Again Fills Interim Role


Carlos Clark speaks with an incoming freshman at Arkansas Baptist College in 2018, when he was dean of enrollment management and retention.
Carlos Clark speaks with an incoming freshman at Arkansas Baptist College in 2018, when he was dean of enrollment management and retention. (Karen E. Segrave)
Regina Favors, Interim President of Arkansas Baptist College.
Regina Favors, Interim President of Arkansas Baptist College. (Karen E. Segrave)

Arkansas Baptist College President Carlos Clark has resigned after 12 months leading the school, the college said Friday. 

Clark had been with the historically Black college for six years in various leadership roles, including provost and executive vice president. A spokesperson for the college said Clark was a "great asset who filled a number of critical roles" but did not have knowledge about why Clark stepped down.

Clark's office had not responded to messages seeking comment. 

The school said Regina Favors, a graduate of the college and board member of the Arkansas Baptist College Foundation, is returning for her second stint as interim president. Her first appointment was in 2018 after the college fired former president Joseph Jones. 

As interim president, Favors oversaw efforts to increase enrollment and stabilize the school's finances after a tumultuous 15 months under Jones. 

“We are blessed that Regina Favors is again assuming the position of Interim President ... She has always supported our mission to focus on preparing our students for a lifetime of achievement in their chosen careers," Richard Mays, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement.

Favors was previously the president and CEO of Pinnacle Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, where she worked for 43 years. Before that, she worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. 

Favors taught as an adjunct professor at the college from 1986 to 2004. She also taught at Philander Smith College and Webster University.

“We have faced and overcome so many challenges over the years, we now know that when we work together we can accomplish great things," Favors said in a statement. "Our focus will continue to be meeting the needs of our community by being true to our founding mission. As we focus on doing this well, we will continue to have a positive impact on the lives we touch for generations to come."