CDHS Executive Director Name Co-Chair of Oak Ridge Steering Committee

Click image for larger viewOak Ridge Associated Universities Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Education Institutions (ORAU HBCU/MEI) Council has selected Dr. Curtis B. Charles, Executive Director of Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Center for Defense and Homeland Security, to become its co-chair.  The ORAU HBCU/MEI Council is led by a Steering Committee representing three of the Council member institutions. As such, Charles will serve on the steering committee with chair, Dr. Mildred D. Huff Ofosu of Morgan State University, and Co-chair Dr. Andres Gil of Florida International University.

“As the Steering Committee co-chair, my vision for the HBCU/MEI Council is to engage public, private sector, industry, and National Laboratory partners to collaborate in pioneering new ways to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurial STEM workforce by engaging our students and faculty in the innovation and commercialization of technologies, to solve the “wicked problems” and complex challenges of the 21st century,” Charles said.  “Our focus will be to position our HBCU/MEI institutions as the ‘go-to’ places to find ‘best value solutions’ that encourages continuous creation of new knowledge that’s put to practical use.”

Among the full complement of ORAU member institutions are 26 universities that comprise the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Education Institutions (HBCU/MEI) Council.  Members of the HBCU/MEI Council are all engaged in leading-edge science and technology and are recognized as competitive and strategic business partners.

Below is a list of the schools that are members of ORAU’s HBCU/MEI Council:

Alabama A&M University; Clark Atlanta University; Fayetteville State University; Florida International University; Howard University; Jackson State University; Johnson C. Smith University; Kentucky State University; Meharry Medical College; Morehouse College; Morgan State University; New Mexico State University; Norfolk State University; North Carolina A&T State University; Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico; Southern University and A&M College; Tennessee State University; Tuskegee University; University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; University of Miami; University of New Mexico; University of Texas at San Antonio; University of Texas-Pan American; University of the District of Columbia; and Virginia State University.

FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state.  FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With nearly 6,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.

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