Calvin Booker named National Alumni President of the Year

(l-r) Thomas Dortch, Jr., founder and Chairman of the Board of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation is photographed with UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association President Calvin Booker, Sr. and Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

ATLANTA, GA. – Calvin E. Booker, Sr., a 1979 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), was recently named National Alumni President of the Year by the National Black College Alumni Association, Incorporated.

A Hamburg, Arkansas native, he currently serves as Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs for the Southern Group of Waste Management Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined Waste Management in July 1991 in Dallas, Texas and has become an invaluable asset to the company utilizing his knowledge and relationships with local, state and federal legislators. He is responsible for the organizational development and strategic implementation of Governmental Affairs, Community Relations and Communications programs across 12 Southeastern states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Corporate Round Table (the financial entity) of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, after serving four years as the Chairman of the Board. He received his degree in Education from UAPB and obtained his Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.

Booker’s presidency of the UAPB/AM&N Alumni Association is the culmination of more than 30 years of service in support of UAPB. His involvement began as a student athlete on the Golden Lions football team 1975-1979. He then served as a coach, assistant to the dean of education and worked in the Alumni Office and in student recruitment. He has served on various university boards and committees. He believes in giving back and in the late 1980s became the youngest person to be elected to the Pine Bluff City Council. Since moving to Atlanta, he has served as president and vice president for the UAPB Atlanta Alumni Chapter.

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