Chair Appointment Marks a Historic First for Board

Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, chancellor of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

President Joe Biden has announced his intent to appoint new members of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), including University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander as Chair. BIFAD is a seven-member, presidentially appointed advisory committee to USAID to ensure it brings the assets of U.S. universities to bear on development challenges in agriculture and supports their representation in USAID programming.

Dr. Alexander’s appointment as BIFAD Chair marks the first time the board is chaired by a leader of an 1890 land grant university, acknowledging the valuable contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and presenting an opportunity to further strengthen USAID’s partnerships with HBCUs and other U.S. Minority Serving Institutions.

“Thank you to President Biden for this appointment. I’m honored to serve in this capacity,” said Chancellor Alexander. “As Chancellor of Arkansas’ only land-grant HBCU institution, our mission is steeped in innovation and discovery. This BIFAD appointment will be an excellent opportunity to expand awareness about the leading industry in the state of Arkansas – agriculture. In addition, it will further expand awareness about the research and extension mission of land-grant universities, and specifically about UAPB’s Initiatives, such as the agriculture and aquaculture research in which our renowned faculty are engaged, as well as our outreach services to small farmers in the state.”

Along with the appointment of Dr. Alexander as Chair, President Biden also appointed the following new members: Dr. Marie Boyd, Associate Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina; Dr. Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, and Director of the Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration at The Ohio State University; Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University; Ms. Henri Moore, Vice President and Head of Responsible Business, GSK Consumer Health; and Ms. Kathy Spahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helen Keller International. The announcement also extends the appointment of Dr. Pamela Anderson, Director General Emerita of the International Potato Center.

Serving as thought leaders and conveners of diverse expert dialogues, the Board has recently provided evidence-based recommendations to UASID on protecting and advancing nutrition and food security outcomes during COVID-19 response and recovery; improving the agricultural sector and food security in conflict-affected and fragile contexts; and measuring the benefits of global agricultural development investment on the U.S. economy.

Dr. Alexander received national recognition as one of the ‘Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders’ of 2019 by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. Its mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

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PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has announced today that Chris Robinson, Interim Director of Athletics, has been appointed as Athletics Director effective immediately. Robinson has served as Interim Director of the Athletics Department since Chris Peterson retired in February.

Chirs Robinson, Director of Athletics.

Since moving to the Athletics Department at UAPB, AD Robinson has had success working to improve all facets of the operation for the benefits of the student athletes. In addition to earning the very strong endorsement of the AD Search Committee, he also enjoys the widespread enthusiastic support of the staff, the alumni and key stakeholders.

Prior to serving as Interim Athletics Director, Robinson served as Executive Associate Athletics Directors. Prior to moving to athletics department administration in January 2020, Robinson served for 8 years as director of the Office of Recruitment.

When he rejoined the UAPB Athletics Department, he returned to the place where he enjoyed success as a football player and coach for the Golden Lions. After playing for the legendary Archie “The Gunslinger” Cooley, he transferred to Southern University, playing quarterback for one season. As the UAPB football program returned to play in 1993, he returned to lead the Golden Lions to the 1994 NAIA National Championship Game, highlighted by a seven-touchdown (six passing / one rushing) performance in a come-from-behind overtime semifinal win.

Before returning to UAPB as an assistant coach, he coached quarterbacks and running backs at Mid-American Nazarene University. While also serving as assistant softball coach, and as the school’s Director of Minority Affairs.

A 2014 UAPB Sports Hall of Fame inductee, he earned his bachelor’s degree in management from UAPB, and a master’s degree in business administration from Mid-America Nazarene University.

“On behalf of UAPB, we appreciate the continued support of our students, employees, alumni, and friends as we strive to reach our ultimate goal of achieving success in both athletics and scholarships,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor. “Please join me in congratulating Robinson on his appointment as Director of Athletics. Go Lions!”

About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings, and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that emphasizes learning, growth, and productivity while affording a basic need to its students: a chance to advance. UAPB offers certificate and associate degree programs, more than 40 undergraduate and master’s degree programs, and a doctoral program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, including an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South Band, concert bands, wind symphony, and an accomplished athletics program. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

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Pictured (left to right): Indonesia Jackson (Pine Bluff School District), Jada Lambert (Friendship Aspire Academy Southeast Arkansas Prep), Aaliyah Handy (Watson Chapel School District), Freddiemae Thompson (Dollarway High School District).

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), hosted a historic Signing Day on Wednesday, welcoming four valedictorians from local high schools in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.

The four women, Freddiemae Thompson, Aaliyah Handy, Jada Lambert, and Indonesia Jackson, signed commitments to enrolling at UAPB in the fall.

The students’ enrollment marks a historic moment for the university, as it’s the first that Valedictorians from all Pine Bluff High Schools have chosen to enroll at UAPB. Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Success, Dr. Braque Talley, Sr. credits the university’s campus-wide commitment to excellence.

“We are excited about welcoming these extraordinary students this is a monumental for UAPB and the community – keeping our talent here,” said Dr. Talley.

Amanda Kirklin, the scholarship coordinator at the university echoed Talley’s comments, “We want our local students to know that UAPB is a viable option.”

This fall, the young women plan to study in various fields including nursing, business, and law. In addition all four students have been award a full scholarship to the university.

“We must work to attract and retain top talent in our state and help make lasting, transformative investments in our future students and local schools that will have positive impacts for generations,” said George Cotton, Sr., Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement.

“Not only did these scholars perform well academically, but they performed well during a pandemic; this validates their strength and commitment to their goals,” said Donna Ryles, Director of Recruitment at UAPB.

As part of the Class of 2021, the women excelled in their academics and received the highest grade point average (GPA) at their high schools.

Freddiemae Thompson of Dollarway High School

Miss Thompson plans to major in biology and has plans to become a doctor or an entrepreneur. She would like to established a privately-owned healthcare facility called Thompson Care.

Aaliyah Handy of Watson Chapel High School

Miss Handy plans to major in nursing. She wants to work in the medical field and plans to become a registered nurse.

Jada Lambert of Friendship Aspire Academy

Miss Lambert plans to major in nursing and would like to pursue her passion for taking care of others by becoming a registered nurse.

Indonesia Jackson of Pine Bluff High School

Miss Jackson plans to major in English with a minor in Political Science. She plans to attend Law School and become a criminal or civil attorney.

About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings, and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that emphasizes learning, growth, and productivity while affording a basic need to its students: a chance to advance. UAPB offers certificate and associate degree programs, more than 40 undergraduate and master’s degree programs, and a doctoral program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, including an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South Band, concert bands, wind symphony, and an accomplished athletics program. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

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Dr. Braque Talley, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Success.

CHICAGO, IL – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Success and HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) Board of Director, Braque Talley, has been selected to participate in the 2021 Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) Mu Cohort institute. 44 higher education scholars, practitioners, and administrators selected make up the 11th and 12th cohort and will participate in a 4-day leadership institute that will take place June 3-6th, 2021 on the campus of Wiley College located in Marshall, Texas.

The Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) was established in March 2015 to provide bold, engaging and innovative learning and mentoring opportunities for current and aspiring leaders. At H.E.L.F., they intend to play a vital role in the mission by encouraging leaders to “lift as they climb” in order to ensure that HBCUs survive and thrive as national models of achievement.

“We appreciate seeing growth among our leaders at HCF. Rather individuals serve on the Board of Directors, executive leadership team, or staff, we encourage them to go out and positively impact the economic and civic success of our respective communities,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at HCF. “This is such an amazing opportunity for Dr. Talley, and I look forward to seeing where this goes for him. H.E.L.F. prepares effective leaders for the future and new leaders who can model the way for the populations our HBCUs serves. Through this institute, participants gain the necessary knowledge and skills they need to lead higher education into the future. We wish Dr. Talley much success as he continues to grow through leadership.”

A native of Starkville, Mississippi, Dr. Talley current serves as the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Prior to joining UAPB, he served his alma mater, Rust College, as Vice President of Enrollment Management. While in this capacity, he helped lead the college in achieving increases in overall student enrollment and retention; his department also received more than $1 million in grants and other gifts to undergid student support initiatives. Dr. Talley has also served as the Coordinator of Marketing and Recruitment at Alabama A&M University.

Dr. Talley graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in English from Rust College. He earned a masters of urban and regional planning, with a concentration in Community Development from Alabama A&M University, and a doctorate of philosophy in higher education from Jackson State University.

Dr. Talley has served on the Board of Directors for HCF since 2020, and is active in several other professional, civic and social organizations.

For more information about the Higher Education Leadership Foundation, visit www.heleaders.org.

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The LIONS Program summer residential academic enrichment program assists new freshmen admitted to UAPB in making a successful transition from high school and home, to college life.

LIONS Program participants. Photo courtesy of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Incoming students that will be attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will have the chance to acclimate to college life and earn college credits with the Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students (LIONS) Program. Program participants are required to enroll as a full-time student for fall semester 2021. Those who are interested must complete the admissions process to UAPB, submit a FAFSA for 2020-2021 and the LIONS Program application by May 31, 2021. The LIONS application fee is $500. Those who complete the necessary steps will receive a LIONS Program award for tuition, room, meals, and books.

The five week program (July 6 – August 6, 2021) assists freshmen students admitted to UAPB for the fall 2021 semester who want to get a jump-start on their college career. Students receive academic tutoring, attend “College Knowledge” academic and professional workshops, and “Navigating the Yard” – personal and social success seminars for making a successful transition to college life.

Sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-secondary Education, Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, there are spaces available for 200 incoming freshmen.

Applications to the LIONS Program are available at www.uapb.edu/administration/enrollment_management/lions_program.aspx or click here to download a fillable application and should be accompanied by admission to UAPB, campus housing and a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the summer session of the 2020-2021 academic year.

For more information or to verify your admission status to UAPB and the LIONS Program, please contact Ms. Carolyn Mills at 870-575-8362 or millsc@uapb.edu.

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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. UAPB’s mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leaderships in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

CHICAGO, IL – HBCU Campaign Fund’s (HCF) Founder, President & CEO, Demetrius Johnson Jr., will return to his alma mater to serve as a Student Recruitment Specialist in the good faith of assisting the team in increasing enrollment at the institution. His tenure began on April 16th. He is excited to provide his passionate and student-centered enthusiasm to the team. This will be in addition to Johnson continuing his duties as the Founder, President & CEO at the HBCU Campaign Fund where he has served for eight years. He does not accept a current salary for his position at HCF.

Demetrius Johnson Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund.

Johnson has a total of three years of higher education experience, most recently serving as a Financial Aid Counselor at Mississippi Valley State University. Prior to that, he served as Admissions Communications Specialist at Lincoln University of Missouri from 2017 until 2019. Since 2015, he has served as the Founder, President & CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund, an advocacy non-profit educational organization that supports the significance and raises funds for scholarships and services at HBCUs and MSIs.

“It is such an honor to return back home to my alma mater to continue my service from once that I had provided as a student with this amazing opportunity. I look forward to working alongside those who align with the same vision in reaching the ultimate goal in making a better future for our Dear Mother as an HBCU,” said Johnson. “I care deeply about my alma mater, I BLEED black and gold, and those who know me personally know that I truly do. I am eager to accept this task and ambitiously willing to prepare students for success. Vice Chancellor Dr. Braque Talley has a vision and It’s UAPB to the TOP!”

Described as a highly visionary and passionate leader at heart, Johnson is a strong advocate for HBCUs. His vision for HCF is to lead the organization forward as an essential tool for supporting students and higher education. His ultimate goal is to ensure that HBCUs remain the relevant institutions that they were created to be, by us.

“I really enjoy working and servicing the students with the neccessary essentials that they’re needing to be successful in their collegiate studies. I am a strong believer of customer service and being user friendly, which is the key to a successful staff to student relationship. Also, it plays a huge part in retention,” Johnson added.

Johnson has received numerous awards and recognitions since his presidency at HCF. He was named among the 2016 HBCU Top 30, Under 30 by HBCU Buzz. Also, he served on a number of committees and groups.

Johnson earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (2016). In 2016, he was selected to attend a four-week study abroad program at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaures in Toulouse, France. He is currently working on his Master’s degree.

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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. Its mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)
The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit advocacy educational organization that is mission to support the significance and raises funds for scholarships, initiative programming, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains today as a strong advocate for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) was recently awarded financial support from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU), to support participation in the largest-ever institutional collaborative effort to collect and share data geared at finding solutions for college access and help generate more graduates from underrepresented minority, low-income, and first generation backgrounds. Dr. Braque Talley, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Success at UAPB, has a passion for student success and retention and the grant will support his efforts to improve local and national education opportunities.

Dr. Braque Talley, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Success at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

“Getting students enrolled in college is no longer enough,said Dr. Talley. “We don’t just want students to attend UAPB. We want them to graduate from here as well. The success of our students is a priority for our Chancellor.”

Dr. Talley is using the funds to help review best practices that help with student successes and share the successful initiatives that impact institutional equity. As a participant, Dr. Talley will share his data with other public universities working together to increase college access, eliminate the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.

“By collecting, reporting, and analyzing data from students of all backgrounds across the country, it will help to foster more informed decisions about how to improve opportunities and support the current gaps in student success,” said Dr. Talley.

“Dr. Talley’s dedication to student individual success is evident,” said George Cotton, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at UAPB. “Since day one, he has been driven to finding solutions to help student succeed, generate retention for the university, and help young people find their place in the world.” Even amid history’s worst pandemic, Dr. Talley was relentless in finding ways to stay engaged with local youth and help students find success. He and his team are credited for helping UAPB reach the largest enrollment increase in nearly a decade and increase the retention rate the one of the highest in the university’s history, according to reports.

“We are proud of our participation in this new initiative focused on data-driven research to determine solutions for student outcomes,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor. “UAPB is committed to being more student-focused and more responsive to change with the goal of increasing student success and the removal of impediments to student retention, progression, and timely graduation.”

Other institutions selected for the nationwide initiative are Clemson University; Illinois State University; Ohio University; Middle Tennessee State University; Montana State University; New Mexico State University; University of New Orleans; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rutgers University-Newark; University of South Alabama; Texas Tech University; Tuskegee University; Virginia Commonwealth University; Western Michigan University; and University of Wyoming.

Dr. Talley proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the HBCU Campaign Fund.

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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. Its mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Marching Band (M4; Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South), was awarded the $5,000 grand prize for their performance of one of Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits, “Freeway of Love.”

“I consider this award to reflect the hard work of our students and talented staff that have brought this to fruition,” said John Graham, Band Director for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. “We are honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin. She inspired people to respect and love one another.”

Marking Aretha Franklin’s birthday, National Geographic’s GENIUS: ARETHA and Watch The Bands, an online platform that focuses on preserving and promoting the marching band and dance culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) which is owned by Watch The Yard, announced that UAPB’s Marching Band had been named the winner of ‘All Hail The Queen: HBCU Band Tribute.’

The announcement also comes on the heels of all eight episodes GENIUS: ARETHA now being available on Hulu on March 25.

The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4) is under the direction of Mr. John Graham and Assistant Directors, Mr. Darryl Evans and Mr. Harold Fooster. M4 performs all home football games and travels to almost all games away from campus. The marching band has made appearances at the Gateway Classic, Professional football games, national television, and countless “Battle of the Bands” competition. Each year M4 hosts it “Band Day”, where several high school bands from throughout the country get the opportunity to attend a Golden Lion football game, play as a mass band, and perform their half-time shows for each other. The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South performed in the 2008 inaugural parade of President Barack Obama.

For more information about how you can be part of UAPB’s M4, click here.

Watch the ‘All Hall the Queen: HBCU Band Tribute’ video below.

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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. Its mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

Smokie Norful

(PINE BLUFF, AR) – GRAMMY-award winning singer and pastor, Class of 1995 graduate Smokie Norful will deliver the commencement address to the fall 2020 graduating class at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff during a virtual commencement to be held on Friday, December 18, 2020, at 6 p.m. CST via YouTube.

Norful is best known for his 2002 album I Need You Now and his 2004 release, Nothing Without You, which won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 2005.

Norful, a minister who is also the son of an African Methodist Episcopal Church minister, was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas but grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, deeply involved in his father’s church. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as a history major and spent four years teaching high school. In 1998 he felt “called” to the ministry, and pursued a Masters of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Upon graduation and ordination, he took a position as assistant pastor at a church in Chicago. He participated in an album release by the Thompson Community Choir, a well-known gospel group, and contributed a song as well as solo vocals. He was then offered the opportunity to make a solo album for EMI Gospel, I Need You Now. The album was a slow starter but eventually went gold, spending two years in the upper reaches of the Billboard Gospel Charts.

He was nominated for and won a GRAMMY in 2005 for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. He is also signed to EMI-CMG Publishing and his own Norful Music Publishing as a songwriter. He performed on June 6, 2005, for President George W. Bush in a concert honoring Black Music Month. Norful is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and pastors the Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Chicago and Bolingbrook, IL.

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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. Its mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

Danelle Whiteside

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dannelle Whiteside as interim president, effective Aug. 10, in a called meeting. On June 18, Sam Houston State University named Dr. Alisa White, APSU’s current president, as the only finalist in its presidential search. If confirmed by the Texas State University System Board of Regents, White will assume her new role at Sam Houston in early August.

“Several outstanding candidates were considered for the interim presidency and Dannelle was the board’s consensus pick,” said Mike O’Malley, chair of the APSU Board of Trustees. “Dannelle background and experience makes her an excellent choice for this critical time in the University’s history.”

Whiteside has served APSU as Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board since 2017. Prior to coming to Austin Peay, Whiteside served as General Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, General Counsel for the Tennessee Board of Education and District Policy Advisor for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Whiteside received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with honors and received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

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About Austin Peay State University


Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive university committed to raising the educational attainment of the citizenry, developing programs and services that address regional needs, and providing collaborative opportunities that connect university expertise with private and public resources. For more information, visit www.apsu.edu.