Yesterday, Provost Marcella David announced Traki L. Taylor, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Education. Taylor will begin her post in January 2016.
Taylor currently serves as dean and professor of education in the College of Education at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. Prior to her role as dean at Bowie, Taylor served as associate dean of the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she previously served as the associate chair of the Education Department and director of Diversity Projects.
Commenting on her appointment, Taylor said, “I am honored to be selected as the next dean of the FAMU College of Education. The College of Education is among the top producers of African-American educators in Florida and is considered the cornerstone college of the University. I look forward to building upon and strengthening that rich legacy.”
Taylor was selected after a national search conducted in partnership with Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
At Bowie, Taylor is credited with creating an environment that has supported student and faculty efforts, and creating a culture of assessment in the College of Education and across the university. She has also served on multiple national educational associations including the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Dean George Acquaah, Ph.D., of the Bowie University College of Arts & Sciences, praised Taylor for “leading by example and encouraging her colleagues to follow suit.”
Provost David noted Taylor’s exemplary leadership at Bowie and the University of Michigan. She cited her experience in generating funded research as well as supporting faculty research efforts and her focus on assessment and outcomes as important to what she will bring to the FAMU deanship.
“Dean Taylor is exactly what the FAMU College of Education needs at this moment in the higher education landscape. I look forward to continued growth and innovation from the College under her leadership, as well as the role she will play in bolstering the FAMU Developmental Research School,” David said. “I’d also like to extend my gratitude to Interim Dean Patricia Green-Powell for her dedication and service to the FAMU community.”
Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Coppin State College, and her master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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