Task Force Biographical Profiles
Joel E. Anderson is Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UALR. He has three sons, two of whom have graduated from the LRSD. His youngest son is an 11th grader in the LRSD. A native of Swifton, Arkansas, Dr. Anderson earned degrees from Harding University, American University and the University of Michigan in political science.
David L. Briscoe is a UALR graduate (BA and MA degrees) who obtained his PhD in sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has since returned to campus as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. A native of North Carolina and a graduate of Mars Hill High School in Mars Hill, N. C., he was among the selections for Who's Who Among American Teachers in 1996.
Gary D. Chamberlin formerly served as Executive Vice President of the University of Arkansas System and as Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. He currently is a University Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at UALR. After graduating from Ridgeway High School in Missouri, Dr. Chamberlin earned degrees at Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Denver. He taught in the Denver public schools for six years. Dr. Chamberlin's three children attended North Little Rock public schools, and he has three grandchildren enrolled in the public schools.
Priscilla Nellum Davis, a professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at UALR, is a graduate of the Memphis public schools. She earned degrees from Memphis State University and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Davis spends several hours each week in LRSD elementary schools identifying and working with pre-kindergarten children who have speech and language problems. She is active as the membership chairperson of the PTA where her daughter attends an LRSD junior high school. An older daughter also graduated from the LRSD.
W. Dent Gitchel, professor in the School of Law at UALR, enrolled and graduated from Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, without ever obtaining his high school diploma from Little Rock Central High School. He otherwise would have been a member of the LRCHS Class of 1959 but the school was closed in 1958-59 by the Governor. His three sons attended LRSD schools and he formerly served as legal counsel to the Arkansas Education Association.
Jim Lynch is a Senior Research Specialist at UALR and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. His hometown is North Little Rock. His son is currently enrolled in junior high school in the LRSD. Mr. Lynch served as PTA Co-President with his wife at Gibbs International Studies Magnet School in 1993-94.
Angela Maynard Sewall is a former teacher, assistant principal, principal, and associate superintendent in the LRSD. Daughter of an army officer, Dr. Sewall lived in Europe and in six other states before moving to Arkansas. She earned degrees from St. Mary's College (Notre Dame), St. Louis University, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Dr. Sewall is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at UALR.
Andy Terry, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics and Finance at UALR, is a native of Texarkana, Texas. He is a graduate of Hendrix College and the University of Michigan. Dr. Terry is also a Certified Public Accountant. He has a second grader in the LRSD and a pre-schooler who will be enrolled in the LRSD next fall.
Dianne D. Wood is a "teacher's teacher" in mathematics. Formerly the Supervisor of Mathematics for the LRSD for 17 years until 1993, she has conducted countless workshops for public school teachers to improve their effectiveness. Her two daughters are graduates of the LRSD. She is a native of Gadsden, Alabama, and earned degrees from the University of Alabama and Mississippi State University. She now is an instructor in Mathematics at UALR.