February 18, 2010
. – Chanta Haywood, Ph.D., dean of Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Graduate Studies and Research, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Education’s prestigious Jacob K. Javits Fellows Program Fellowship Board. The Javits Board establishes general policies for the graduate fellows program and oversees the operation of the program.
“I am thrilled that Secretary Duncan selected Dean Haywood and that FAMU is getting this kind of recognition on the national level,” said FAMU Provost Cynthia Hughes Harris. “I am confident that Dr. Haywood would represent the University well on this Board.”
As a Javits Board member, Haywood will be engaging with key players responsible for the education of all Americans. Haywood was chosen because of her strong academic background and commitment to and understanding of graduate education on state and national levels. Her experiences with graduate fellowship programs range from writing and managing millions of dollars in federal grants, reviewing proposals, and giving national and regional presentations and workshops on various issues facing graduate education.
“I am so honored to represent FAMU and to serve our nation in this capacity,” said Haywood. “My active involvement on this Board will expose me to more ideas, trends, debates and issues facing graduate education on a national scene. In addition to working hard to carry out the goals of the Javits Program, I am looking forward to transferring the lessons I learn from this experience to enhancing graduate education, graduate student life and graduate research at FAMU.”
According to Cosette Ryan, the Javits Board’s executive director, Haywood is the only person on this current nine-member Board who represents a historically black college or university. Haywood was notified of her appointment by letter from the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Her appointment is effective immediately and ends on July 31, 2014.
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