New Provost and Chief Academic Officer
January 19, 2010
Dear Howard University Community:
It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. James H. Wyche as our new Provost and Chief Academic Officer, effective February 15, 2010. Dr. Wyche is a highly respected biochemist, cell biologist, researcher and renowned academic affairs professional whose distinguished career has been groundbreaking, award winning and prolific. Dr. Wyche comes to Howard University from his position at the National Science Foundation.
In a career spanning four decades, he has held numerous appointments including: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology and Molecular Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Miami; Associate Provost and Professor of Medical Science, Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Brown University; Adjunct Professor, Biology Department at Morgan State; and Visiting Professor and Scholar-in-Residence at other institutions. In addition, he served as Interim President of Tougaloo College in Mississippi.
With a notable commitment to addressing the underrepresentation of Blacks in the fields of mathematics and science, Dr. Wyche has lectured and written ardently about the issue and has participated in analysis and policy recommendations regarding the subject. His passion inspired him to co-found and serve as executive director of The Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 23 leading research and teaching colleges and universities (including Howard) dedicated to improving the participation of underrepresented students in STEM area graduate programs as well as the public and private sectors.
Dr. Wyche has an admirable research record of innovation. As the holder of two U.S. patents, as principal investigator (and co-principal) on dozens of grants and projects and as presenter and writer of more than one hundred professional papers and publications, he has helped define and refine his discipline. He holds an A.A.S. from Morrisville College (SUNY), a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.A. from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Wyche to the Howard University family. We look forward tothe new opportunities his experience will bring and the collaborative work we will do. As I announce this selection of a new Chief Academic Officer, we applaud the leadership and extraordinary commitment of Dr. Alvin Thornton who has served as Interim Provost for nearly two years. Dr. Thornton has led our academic programs with integrity during a time of transition and has helped lay the groundwork for future developments. We thank Dr. Thornton as he continues to serve Howard University, leading the Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal and the Budget Advisory Committee.
Sidney A. Ribeau