Council of Academic Deans

Click on the photos below to learn more about the colleges, schools
and offices represented by the council members.

Richard Aló, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Science and Technology

FAMU's College of Science and Technology includes programs of study in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. Students may pursue a diverse array of majors in the Bachelors, Masters and doctorate programs.

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.


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.

Aretha Y. Hill, Ph.D.

Faculty Senate Representative

The Faculty Senate is the highest legislative body within the University and it advises FAMU's President on academic matters and other concerns affecting more than one school or college.

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.

Victor Ibeanusi, Ph.D.

Dean, School of the Environment

FAMU's School of the Environment conducts research and facilitates technology to help develop remedies for existing environmental challenges. The school prepares students to scientifically address current environmental science issues.


Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate-level study is available in 10 of FAMU's colleges and schools. Collectively, these entities offer over 40 master's degree programs, one professional doctorate and 12 doctoral degrees.

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.

Agatha Onwunli


FAMU's Registrar is the official location to obtain information related to tuition and fees, course offerings, and graduation requirements. The Registrar's office is located in the University's new CASS building on Wahnish Way.

Ebenezer Oriaku, PharmD

Faculty Senate Representative

The Faculty Senate is the highest legislative body within the University and it advises FAMU's President on academic matters and other concerns affecting more than one school or college. 

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.

Faye Watkins

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. 


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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is a land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues and the empowerment of citizens and communities. Last year, U.S. News & World Report listed FAMU as the top public historically black college or university in the nation. Students seeking a challenging academic foundation will find a variety of programs to meet their career objectives. FAMU offers 54 bachelor's degrees, 29 master's degrees, three professional degrees, and 12 doctoral programs in a wide range of academic areas. University enrolls nearly 10,000 students hailing from across the United States and more than 70 countries, and the student body includes representatives from all ethnic, socio-economic and religious backgrounds.

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