PINE BLUFF, AR – Attorney Kim Luckes spoke to students today about what she can bring to the table in UAPB’s search for a new chancellor. Held by the Student Government Association, the forum provided students the opportunity to learn important information about Dr. Luckes as well as to inquire about her future goals for the university.
Dr. Luckes is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia and has held the position since July of 2011. She also has experience acting as President/Chief Executive Officer at NSU with notable achievements including the acquisition of $2.4 million in funds to support STEM projects and integrating Datatel technology into NSU’s Financial Services Department.
Luckes was given 2 minutes to make an opening statement, 5 minutes to answer for each question asked, and 2 minutes for a closing statement. SGA composed a list of questions that reflect the general curiosity of the UAPB student body. Flashcards were also available to students who wished to have their questions read and “Search for the CEO” (#Search4TheCEO) was the designated Twitter hashtag for students to make online inquiries.
Luckes began by addressing the students. “I’m very excited about being here at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and I’m really excited to meet you.” Soon after the opening statement, SGA Executive Director Marquies Carter promptly delve into the question/answer session.
Many campus-related issues were covered during the forum, including improving expediency in the Financial Services Department, increasing student enrollment, and the role of Greek life on campus.
Students were very curious to hear Luckes’ plan of action for improving the Financial Services Department, however she quickly began by saying “Everywhere I’ve been, students have a problem with their financial aid.” Dr. Luckes also let students know she is well aware of the decrease in enrollment. “I have read and been told that enrollment has declined…we’ve got to increase our retention. We’ve got to make sure you’re prepared to graduate.” There was a unanimous feeling in the room when Dr. Luckes mentioned making the campus look more attractive. She suggested planting more flowers to enhance the scenery and landscaping.
When asked about the importance of Greek life on campus, Dr. Luckes responded “I think that Greek organizations have a place on campus…make that [organization] a part of your life, giving back; doing something that’s going to make a difference.”
In Luckes’ closing statement, she proclaimed that she is a student friendly, driven administrator and then thanked the students for allowing her the opportunity to speak directly with them.
The next candidate, Dr. Robert C. Mock, Jr., will speak on Thursday, January 24 at 2:00 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.