North Carolina A&T State University Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. has named Dr. Joe B. Whitehead Jr. as provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Whitehead’s appointment as chief academic officer of N.C. A&T is effective August 12.
“As the new chief academic officer, Dr. Whitehead brings a wealth of expertise in the field of higher education, where he has served as professor, researcher and administrator,” said Martin. “I am confident that he will be a significant asset to North Carolina A&T and will provide the visionary leadership needed to forge our university to Preeminence 2020 – the institution’s long-term strategic call to action and invitation to engage collaboratively as a community of learners toward excellence in research, scholarship, creative expression and community engagement.”
Whitehead has served as dean of the College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi since 2010. During his tenure as dean of the college, he worked to increase multi-disciplinary research opportunities for students and faculty through targeted research initiatives that have global impact, provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, increase student participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas and enhance student retention and graduation rates.
Prior to his appointment as dean at Southern Mississippi, Whitehead served as interim dean and associate dean in the college. He also chaired the department of physics and astronomy. Whitehead has held the position of professor of physics and astronomy and professor of chemistry and biochemistry since 2007.
Whitehead earned his bachelor’s degree from Delta State University in 1983, and master’s and doctoral degrees in physics in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He has contributed to numerous scholarly publications and presentations.
He has received countless awards, honors and recognitions throughout his career for his academic achievements and service including the Kent State University New Millennium Award, the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame and the Picayune School District Academic Hall of Fame.
“It is an honor to be selected as provost of North Carolina A&T State University,” said Whitehead. “I look forward to working with Chancellor Martin, the leadership team, faculty, staff and students to fulfill the vision embodied in A&T Preeminence 2020.”