Category Archives: Administration

Dr. Beryl McEwen named business dean at A&T

Provost's anouncement of Dr. McEwen's appointment

Congratulations to Dr. McEwen, an outstanding leader, faculty member, and colleague.

For those who keep track of such things, that makes five female deans and one female interim dean at A&T now, as Dr. McEwen joins Dean Goldie Byrd (Arts and Sciences), Dean Robin Coger (Engineering), Dean Vicki Coleman (Library Services), Dean Inez Tuck (Nursing), and interim Dean Miriam Wagner (Education).

Tonjia May named Budget Manager for DORED

Tonjia May, a manager of grants and contracts at Duke University, has been named Budget Manager in the Division of Research and Economic Development at North Carolina A&T.

She will work with faculty members to make sure budgets in research proposals meet the University’s guidelines on such points as indirect rates, cost sharing, and allowable costs, and to see that budgets conform to funding agencies’ policies, regulations and procedures as well.

Before joining Duke, Ms. May was a grant administrator in the N.C. A&T College of Engineering.

She is a graduate of High Point University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of arts in nonprofit management. She also has received training at Duke’s Research Administration Academy, a comprehensive professional development program for research administrators.

Martin, Sankar among Triad’s ‘Most Influential’

Cover of The Business Journal's "Most Influential People" sectionChancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., and Dr. Jagannathan Sankar are among the Piedmont Triad leaders named to the “Most Influential People” list by The Business Journal of the Triad.

Martin was cited for his “ambitious agenda” to increase the university’s enrollment, research and engagement. Sankar earned his place on the list by virtue of the technology commercialization work recently initiated by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, of which he is director.

Other persons of interest on the list:

  • Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University;
  • George Clopton, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Ralph Lauren Corp.,  High Point, and board chairman, International Civil Rights Center and Museum;
  • “Elder statesman” Henry Frye, now of counsel with the law firm Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard;
  • Shirley Frye, chair of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, vice chair of the N.C. A&T Foundation, and board member for the N.C. School of Math and Science and High Point University, among many others; and
  • Dean Jim Ryan of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.


Federal shutdown is ominous for A&T research

“The biggest impact on us is, there’s nobody at the federal agencies processing proposals. … There are 60 proposals we could have submitted in the first 10 days of October that are sitting on the desks here waiting to see what we should do.”

— Dr. Barry Burks, vice chancellor for research and economic development, quoted today in the News & Record

Click here for the full article.

The quotable Dr. Craig on 40 years as an A&T dean

Dr. Quiester Carig, dean of the N.C. A&T School of Business and Economics

Dr. Quiester Craig, dean of the N.C. A&T School of Business and Economics

From The Business Journal‘s interview with Dean Craig:

One major accomplishment was becoming the first accounting program at a historically black university to receive AACSB international accreditation in 1986. Describe that challenge. The business school overall was accredited in 1979, at the same time as Duke as the fourth and fifth accredited business schools in the state. I always teased Duke that we were fourth and they were fifth since our vote came first in the meeting because they liked us better. Duke’s dean always said ‘come on, Craig, that’s just the alphabet.’ The specialized accounting accreditation was made available in 1983 or 1984 and a lot of schools took a shot. We were initially rejected, and I was advised at the time that if you were rejected the first time you only had a 10 percent chance of making it later. I said that was 5 percent more than I needed. …

Click here for the entire interview with one of A&T’s most quotable deans.

And now, a word from our sponsor about STEM

Academic freedom issue at Appalachian State

The News & Observer ( reports today on a controversy involving the Appalachian State administration and a tenured Sociology professor:

Linda Foulsham, director of equity, diversity and compliance, on Dr. Jammie Price: “Her pedagogy appears to be consistently confrontational, belittling, angry, critical, and destructive of the potential for a valuable educational experience for her students. Whether or not students felt demeaned or harassed based on their race, sex, political affiliation, status as an athlete or status as an Appalachian student, there is a consistent pattern of Dr. Price making students feel uncomfortable.”

Dr. Price on the Appalachian State administration: “The whole experience here at App State has been, it’s like going back in time. It’s like it’s 1950 here. … It’s a club. They do whatever they want to do. If a woman says that’s not how it should be or expresses discontent, they put her in her place.”

Obama names A&T chancellor to agriculture board

Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.

Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.

The White House announced yesterday that President Obama has appointed N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development.

The board is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development. It advises the agency on agriculture and higher education issues regarding  food insecurity in developing countries.

The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T is addressing international food security issues in a number of ways.  Among them are these two research projects:

  • Dr. Manuel Reyes is introducing conservation agriculture techniques to farmers in Cambodia and the Philippines (more information: Evolution magazine, Spring 2011, Page 19).
  • Dr. Lijun Wang and Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazi are among the leaders of the university’s new NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, which is developing the technology to produce biofuels more efficiently from non-food stock (Bioenergy Center websiteRe:search magazine, Page 4).

FYI, it’s ‘Assistant Vice Chancellor Evans’ now

Saundra Yates Evans, Assistant Vice Chancellor

Saundra Yates Evans speaks to the DORED orientation for new and junior faculty members on Wednesday

Saundra Yates Evans has been named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Services and Project Management at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Ms. Evans had been Director of Research Services at N.C. A&T since 2004.  That office assists faculty members with the development of proposals and budgets, identifying funding opportunities, and training in grant writing and related skills.

In her new position, Ms. Evans also will have responsibility for the Office of Research Compliance and Ethics and for project management, a new capability for the Division of Research and Economic Development.  The project management function will assist researchers in administering complex research projects and managing spending.

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Ramses warning: System unavailable August 29; no proposal submissions will be possible all day

N.C. A&T will upgrade to RAMSeS v24 on Wednesday, August 29. The system will be unavailable for any purpose during this 24-hour period. It will not be possible to submit proposals to funding agencies the entire day.

  • Any proposals due August 29 should be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs by Friday August 24.
  • Any proposals due August 30 should be submitted by Monday August 27.
  • Any proposals due August 31 should be submitted by Tuesday August 28.

Proposals that have not been submitted before the close of business on Tuesday August 28 will have to wait until Thursday August 30 to be reviewed and submitted.