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UAPB Chancellor Laurence Alexander Departing for Same Role at University of Michigan-Flint

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More: Read Arkansas Business’ Exec Q&A with Laurence Alexander.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander plans to leave the university for the same position with the University of Michigan-Flint this summer, the University of Arkansas System announced Monday.

The recommendation of Alexander’s new five-year chancellorship is pending approval by the University of Michigan Board of Regents at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 16. If approved, Alexander would assume the role July 1.

In a news release, UA System President Donald Bobbitt said an interim chancellor will be appointed at UAPB in the coming months and a search committee will be formed to find a permanent replacement for Alexander.

Alexander has led UAPB since 2013. Under his leadership, UAPB grew enrollment, increased retention and graduation rates, and launched several new academic programs. The university reached higher levels of research investment and grant funding, acquired funding for new construction and renovation, and developed new corporate partnerships that led to multiple major-gift donations and increased the endowment by 250%, according to the release.

Alexander was appointed in 2022 by President Joe Biden to chair the seven-member Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, which advises the U.S. Agency for International Development on global challenges in agriculture and food security

“Dr. Alexander’s tenure at UAPB has seen transformative change on campus and in the community, and his steadfast leadership is appreciated and will be missed,” Bobbitt said in a statement. “While we wish Dr. Alexander and the UM-Flint campus much success moving forward, I am confident that an institution as unique and respected as UAPB will draw the interest of many highly qualified individuals on a national scale and future leadership will be well-equipped to keep UAPB on its upward trajectory.”

Before joining UAPB, Alexander spent 22 years as a professor and administrator at the University of Florida, where he held key leadership roles, including provost administrative fellow in the office of academic affairs, associate dean of the graduate school, and director of the office of graduate minority programs.

“I am thrilled to join the University of Michigan – Flint community,” Alexander said in a statement. “Leaving my amazing colleagues, students and friends at UAPB and in the Pine Bluff community is bittersweet. However, I’m excited to become a part of one of the world’s greatest universities in Michigan and am eager to take this next huge step in my career.

“I want to thank the UA System, the campus and all of those who have been supportive of the important work we were able to accomplish as a team during my tenure in Pine Bluff.”

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