The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announces the appointment of George R. Cotton Sr. as the UAPB Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Development.

Cotton has been senior vice president of development for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History at Detroit, according to a news release.

“Cotton brings a wealth of relevant higher education experience to the leadership role in advancement and development at UAPB,” according to the release. “As a result, he will be able to hit the ground running, building on the history of development, strengthening ties with alumni and other stakeholders and donors, and providing leadership for the various functions of the division, including development, marketing, communications, publications, and the Economic Research and Development Center.”

The educator was the vice president of university advancement and executive director of the foundation at Florida A&M University before joining the Wright Museum.

He also has been assistant vice president for major gifts at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, senior director of development for the Wake Forest Baptist Institute for Regenerative Medicine, director of development and alumni affairs for the College of Science at George Mason University, and associate director of institutional advancement at Southern Illinois University.

Before entering higher education advancement, he was executive director of the Regional Education and Advocacy Coalition on HIV and AIDS.

A native of the Phillips County area of Arkansas, Cotton received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arkansas State University. He and his wife, Deloris, have two adult sons, George II and Malcolm.