Evening Briefing – April 26, 2021


The Influencers: Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine  Bluff
UAPB Chancellor interviews for Louisiana State University presidency

The first candidate interviewed was Laurence Alexander, who has been chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an historically Black college and university, since 2013.

Alexander was a widely published and tenured professor while dean of the journalism school at the University of Florida for two decades before moving to Arkansas. Alexander grew up in New Orleans 9th Ward, graduated from the University of New Orleans and juris doctorate from Tulane University Law School. He worked as reporter for the Times-Picayune and the Houma Courier before heading into an academic career. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

Apple announces 1st East Coast campus in North Carolina
North Carolina Apple announcement positions state’s HBCUs for workforce development opportunities

Computer engineering students at North Carolina A&T State University said Apple’s announcement came as a surprise.

“I was honestly impressed, I didn’t think they’d look at North Carolina as their next location really,” said Lamoye Augustus, a sophomore computer engineering student.

The company announced Monday that a $1 billion campus in Raleigh’s Research Triangle Park would bring in 3,000 high-paying jobs. (MyFOX8)

Oracle to acquire CrowdTwist, adding loyalty solutions to Customer  Experience portfolio
Nashville residents push Oracle for HBCU hiring commitment

Standup Nashville, along with the Equity Alliance and other community members, are calling on the city to make sure that doesn’t happen with the Oracle development.

“We are looking for Oracle to put something in writing, put their money where their mouth is and sign on the dotted line to say we will hire ‘X’ number of people from Nashville and from our HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities.) We want a number. We want a number outside of that 8,500. How many of those are going to Nashville Black college graduates?” Charlane Oliver with the Equity Alliance said. (FOX 17)

State of Play: The challenges facing historically Black colleges and universities

The public affairs show interviews journalists and HBCU presidents on the current state of affairs for HBCUs and their communities.