Charles Appointed New Chair of ORAU HBCU/MEI Council

Click image for larger viewOak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has appointed Dr. Curtis Charles, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor at Fayetteville State University (FSU), to lead its Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Education Institutions (HBCU/MEI) Council, effective June 1, 2014. As Chair, Charles will also serve on the ORAU Policy Committee.

“The rigorous efforts of Dr. Charles have contributed to an enhancement of the university’s increasing emphasis on research,” said FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson. “This is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Charles and for FSU.”

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The ORAU university consortium consists of 28 HBCUs/MEIs, and the HBCU/MEI Council serves an important role in advancing minority research participation.
“I hope to build on the incredible efforts of outgoing chairwoman Dr. Mildred Ofosu while exploring new, collaborative pathways for the Council,” said Charles, who will be working with the Council’s two Co-Chairs, Dr. Andres Gil, Florida International University, and Dr. Michael Stubblefield, Southern University and A&M College, to identify and implement new innovative ventures that are value-added to the Council members.

“Across the landscape of higher education, ORAU’s HBCU/MEI Council members represent a rich resource for research and education in key science and technology areas of national importance,” said Dr. Arlene A. Garrison, Vice President of University Partnerships at ORAU. It would be important that Inclusive Competitiveness be one of our guiding principles. This means broadening participation and performance in existing networks thereby developing channels that connect HBCU/MEI students and faculty to the High Performance Computing Grant Program; Peer Review opportunities for faculty; Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award; ORAU Events Sponsorship Program; ORAU Travel Grants Program; ORNL HBCU/MEI Summer Faculty Research Program; and the Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine in Germany.”

The HBCU/MEI Council will collaborate with other ORAU member universities, private industry and national laboratory partners to pioneer new ways to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurial STEM professionals.
“Our focus will be to reposition the HBCU/MEI institutions as ‘engines of innovation’ that develop solutions to regional, national and global challenges,” Charles said.

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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