Dr. Robert Z. Carr Jr. named executive director at the Vicksburg Expansion Center

Dr. Robert Z. Carr Jr. was selected as Alcorn State University’s Vicksburg Expansion Center’s executive director Monday, Aug. 1.

Carr will work closely with deans, faculty and students to develop, implement and promote educational scholarship goals and provide leadership to ensure excellence in all of the Vicksburg programs. He will also oversee overall operations of the Center.

Carr brings administrative experience to Vicksburg, having served in leadership roles in academic affairs, planning and evaluation, and faculty development. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. He also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Walden University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tougaloo College.

Carr looks forward to taking on his new role at the University. He’s excited to work with the committed people of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

“I am excited to work with the Vicksburg community and the stellar faculty, staff, school districts and other administrators in Vicksburg,” said Carr. “The Vicksburg Expansion Center is an energetic place with great aspirations, impactful community service, diverse and talented students, and a high quality faculty and staff dedicated to making a difference.”

Dr. Donzell Lee, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, has faith in Carr’s ability to take the Center in a positive direction.

“Dr. Carr is a dynamic leader whose expertise as a faculty member and administrator will benefit the Vicksburg Expansion Center greatly and help drive us toward our academic and student affairs goals,” said Lee. “His rich experience in many academic areas aligns with our vision for the Center to build strong academic programs, support faculty and student success, and forge community partnerships.”

In addition to his new role at the Center in Vicksburg, Carr will continue his duties as the dean of the School of Education and Psychology. His plan is to continue to focus on providing what’s best for Alcorn’s students.

“It is extremely important for me to ensure that both the School and the Center are places where students can come and take advantage of a tremendous opportunity to learn. I am grateful for the confidence that President Rankins and Provost Lee placed on my ability to lead these two outstanding units.”

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