Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., Ed.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). Pijeaux began his tenure at BCRI in July 1995.
Pijeaux received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana; and a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattisburg. He completed post-graduate work at The Getty Leadership Institute for Museum Management on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley.
Under his leadership, BCRI achieved full accreditation from the American Association of Museums in July 2005. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has received two consecutive national awards presented at the White House by former First Lady Laura Bush, for community service–the Coming Up Taller Award in 2007 and the inaugural National Medal for Museum Service in 2008. In April of 2007, BCRI was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
Pijeaux is a member of several cultural and civic organizations including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Board Member), Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel (Advisory Board), the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America (Executive Committee) and the Rotary Club of Birmingham.