University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander is slated to serve as the next chairman of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors beginning fall 2021.
“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is excited to welcome Chancellor Alexander as the new chairman of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors,” said SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland.
“Over the course of his leadership, Chancellor Alexander has shown a steadfast commitment to the forward progression and advancement of our student-athletes and league membership. We look forward to working with him to further enhance our brand in all facets while simultaneously improving the overall quality of experiences for all of our student-athletes in the 18 sports in which we currently sponsor.”
Alexander most recently served as Vice-Chairman of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors. In addition, he was selected as a member of the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum this past Fall 2021.
This past week Alexander was named Vice-Chairman of the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum. The Presidential Forum is comprised of one president or chancellor from each of the 32 Division I Conferences.
The purpose of the forum is to assist the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in accomplishing its strategic mission in the Division I governance structure and help ensure that the NCAA core value involving presidential leadership of intercollegiate athletics at the campus, conference and national level is achieved.
Dr. Alexander is currently in his eighth year as Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Since joining UAPB, Alexander has promoted institutional excellence through initiatives that targeted improved student success outcomes, fostered greater innovation through institutional collaboration, increased research and grant activity, expanded partnerships with business and industry, encouraged efficiency and productivity, cultivated strong connections with alumni and friends, and championed student development and experiential learning.
The conference office also announced members of its SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors Executive Committee. Southern University Chancellor Dr. Ray Belton and Alcorn State President Dr. Felicia Nave will join Alexander on the committee effective the start of 2021-22 academic year.