Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr., has been named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, effective August 2017. In this position, the former Dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University (ASU) will work as chief academic affairs officer. Dr. Carr will work closely with deans, faculty, staff and students to develop, implement, and promote educational and scholarship goals and provide leadership to ensure excellence in the university’s mission. He will also oversee academic affairs including all budgetary and policy priorities and will partner with Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander to implement UAPB’s strategic plan.
Dr. Carr brings broad administrative experience to UAPB, having served in leadership roles in academic affairs; planning and evaluation; securing and managing grants; and faculty development. He led numerous accreditation and assessment activities for ASU and was a member of the provost’s advisory staff.
“I am excited to work with Dr. Alexander and the stellar faculty, staff members, and other administrators at UAPB,” said Carr. “UAPB is an energetic institution with great aspirations, impactful community service, diverse and talented students, and a high-quality faculty and staff dedicated to making a difference.”
Dr. Carr received an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Walden University and a B.A. degree in psychology from Tougaloo College. Dr. Carr is currently a 2017-2019 Whisenton Public Scholar and in 2013, he completed the Management and Leadership Institute at Harvard University.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Carr served as Dean and Professor of Education in the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University in 2010, and Dean and Associate Professor for the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Langston University in 2009. He was also employed at Jackson State University as the Director of Professional and Field-Based Experiences and as an Assistant Professor of education.
Dr. Carr has been an National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) board of examiners member and national team chair and is currently a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) site visitor. A true higher education trailblazer, Dr. Carr led Alcorn State University to become the first historically black university in the nation and first institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi to CAEP accreditation. He also completed the Harvard Institute for management and Leadership in Education in 2013. He has spearheaded a technological overhaul at Alcorn State University, where he has led an effort to transform numerous classrooms into smart classrooms.
Dr. Carr earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tougaloo College, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University, a second master’s degree in educational leadership from Walden University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. He is married to Mrs. Angela Luckett Carr and together they have four children: Courtnie, Robert III, Cayleigh, and Camryn.