Chancellor Lawrence A. Davis Jr. will be the speaker during the sunrise service for the 139th Founders’ Day Celebration at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday and will be held in the Cross-Phipps Lecture Hall (formerly Caldwell Hall Auditorium).
The chancellor announced recently that he will retire effective May 25. Davis has served as chancellor of UAPB since Nov. 5, 1991. He is the second in his family to serve in the position after his father was president of the university, formerly named the Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (AM&N), from 1943-72.
Davis previously served as dean of the School of Science and Technology and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at UAPB.
Over the last two decades, Davis has improved core academic programs, increased the number of master’s degree programs and completed the addition of UAPB’s first doctoral program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Previously, Davis devoted 33 years to teaching mathematics and physics at various institutions, including Mississippi Valley State University, Arkansas Baptist College, Iowa State University and UAPB.
Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from AM&N College, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a doctorate in engineering mechanics from Iowa State University.
A special part of the sunrise service will include the unveiling of three historical markers that will be placed around the university’s campus and Pine Bluff.
Other Founders events include:
• Thursday, noon, Roars from the Den, L.A. Davis Sr. Student Union Lounge
• Friday, noon, the Bell Tower Gathering, W. E. O’Bryant Bell Tower; 4:30 p.m. Caldwell Hall Auditorium Open House; 5:30 p.m. Alumni Hall of Fame Unveiling & Dedication, Caldwell Hall Front Lobby; 7 p.m. annual Founders’ Concert, Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium featuring UAPB Jazz Ensemble & Wind Symphony.
• Saturday, 8:30 a.m. UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association Walk-A-Thon, Regional Park; 1 p.m., Black and Gold Intra-Squad Football Game Golden Lion Stadium.
• Sunday, 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service & Memorial March Caldwell Hall Auditorium; 8 a.m. Alumni Fellowship Breakfast, L.A. Davis Student Union Cafeteria; 3 p.m. annual Founders’ Convocation, Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium.
Details: Visit online at www.uapb.edu/founders or call (870)575-8969.