Dr. Claude Babin

Dr. Claude H. Babin will celebrate his 90th birthday on February 6 and the University of Arkansas at Monticello will celebrate with him at a birthday reception on February 8.

The last president of Arkansas A&M College and UAM’s first chancellor will be the guest of honor at a birthday reception in the home of current UAM Chancellor and Mrs. Jack Lassiter on Saturday, February 8 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.  The reception is open to faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends of the man who served as the chief executive officer of the Monticello campus from 1962 to 1977.

Dr. Babin has left an indelible mark on this institution,” said Lassiter. “We are so pleased to recognize Dr. Babin and join him for this special celebration. His quiet, steady leadership took Arkansas A&M and UAM through challenging times and left a lasting legacy of achievement for those of us who have followed in his footsteps.”

Babin came to Arkansas A&M in 1954 and was appointed interim president in 1962 before being urged by the school’s board of trustees to accept a permanent appointment.  Babin helped rebuild a frayed relationship between the college and the A&M board of trustees, restored sagging faculty morale, guided the campus through a peaceful integration at the height of the civil rights movement, rebuilt the school’s image in the eyes of a national accrediting agency, and helped facilitate the merger of Arkansas A&M with the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Babin stepped down as chancellor on January 1, 1977 to return to the classroom. He remained a member of the faculty until his retirement in 1992.

Notes and well-wishes may be sent to: Dr. Claude Babin, c/o UAM Chancellor’s Office, P.O. Box 3596, Monticello, AR  71656 or to [email protected]