Council of Academic Deans
Click on the photos below to learn more about the colleges, schools
and offices represented by the council members.
Johnnie Early, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health
The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health produces high-caliber graduates capable of providing exceptional care. The program focuses on superior research and community service, which prepares students for leadership roles in pharmacy, research and public health.
Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business and Industry
The outstanding record of FAMU's School of Business and Industry's (SBI) achievements is known worldwide among corporate executives and recruiters. Successful alumni hold positions throughout the world in professions, including, but not limited to government agencies, education and entrepreneurial ventures.
J. Murray Gibson, Ph.D.
Dean, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is a unique collaboration between FAMU, a top-ranking historically Black university (HBCU), and Florida State University (FSU), a Tier-1 research institution. It is the only shared college of engineering in the nation and it is surrounded by eight partner research centers and a national laboratory.
Bettye Grable, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Journalism & Graphic Communication
FAMU's School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) consistently receives high praise for the quality of its graduates. SJGC students are consistently recognized, nationally, regionally and locally, for their work in and for multiple media platforms.
Cynthia Hughes-Harris, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences
The School of Allied Health Sciences was established to provide quality education in rapidly growing health professions and FAMU is consistently the number one provider of African American health professionals in the state of Florida. The school has experienced continuous involvement in education, practice and research, which contributes to the strong reputation of each of its accredited divisions.
Micheal D. Johnson
Superintendent, FAMU DRS
Founded in 1887, FAMU DRS was originally created as a training school for FAMU's education students. In 1991. the Florida legislature mandated FAMU DRS operate as a designated public school district, emphasizing mathematics, science, technology and foreign languages.
Shelley A. Johnson, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Nursing
Established in 1904 as a hospital-based program, FAMU's School of Nursing is the oldest continuing baccalaureate nursing program in the United States at an HBCU. The school offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees and its graduate program has both traditional and online learning options.
Deidré Keller, J.D.
Dean, College of Law
Located in Orlando, FAMU's College of Law emphasizes theoretical coursework, practical experience, public service and professionalism. Its state-of-the-art facility boasts a four-story law library and its ceremonial moot courtroom hosts oral arguments before Justices of the Appellate Court.
Valencia Matthews, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
FAMU's College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (CSSAH) is a multidisciplinary college with an array of learning opportunities including research, internships, service-learning, online instruction and experiential scholarship. The integrated curriculum provides an expansive understanding of the arts, anthropology, history, criminal justice, geography and humanities.
Robert Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences
FAMU's College of Agriculture and Food Sciences students are exposed to enriching educational and professional experiences. Through the tripartite concept, students are fully prepared to become highly-qualified professionals in a variety of agriculture-related industries.
Dean, FAMU Libraries
FAMU's libraries include an 88,964 square foot facility on its main campus with study rooms, a student lounge and cafe, and graduate/faculty carrels. The University's libraries contain approximately two million volumes, with more than 155,000 e-books and e-journals, almost 300,000 microforms, all of which are readily accessible to support traditional and online programs.
Allyson Watson, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education
FAMU's College of Education provides a relevant curriculum for elementary, secondary and graduate education programs and assumes leadership for the selection, guidance and preparation of education practitioners who serve in traditional instruction settings and other related agencies.
Rodner B. Wright, AIA
Dean, School of Architecture + Technology
FAMU's School of Architecture and Engineering Technology (SA+ET) was originally designed to diversify the practices of architecture, construction and electronic engineering. SA+ET offers graduate programs in architecture and facilities management, and undergraduate programs in architecture, construction engineering technology, and electronic engineering technology.