Dr. Calvin Johnson, former UAPB education dean, has been named to be interim chancellor of UAPB, in a leadership transition after Dr. Lawrence Davis Jr.’s retirement May 25.

Johnson will not be a candidate for the permanent job, the UA news release said.

Johnson had been rumored for another high UA position — to succeed Dr. Carl Johnson of Little Rock on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. Johnson’s term expired last month, but he has continued to serve until Gov. Mike Beebe announces a replacement. Beebe will announce a choice from a “short list” after his return from China, his office said. While we’re at it, add to the hat the name of Dr. Stephen Broughton, a Pine Bluff psychiatrist, who’s currently a member of the War Memorial Stadium Commission.

UA President Donald Bobbitt says he hopes to have a permanent leader for UAPB in place by July 1, 2013.