Jackson hires new provost for B-CU; Powell becomes dean



Dr. Edison Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Makola M. Abdullah as B-CU’s provost.

130725_dt_front05Abdullah replaced Dr. Hiram J. Powell, who is now B-CU’s Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

“As we continue to develop new graduate programs and expand into new markets, many of the strategies Dr. Powell employed as provost will both enhance and reinforce the vision I have articulated for the graduate school,” Jackson said in a press release.

Former provost, VP at Florida Memorial
Abdullah’s job as provost began July 1. He comes to B-CU from Florida Memorial University where he served as the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, with a dual appointment as tenured professor of mathematics.

He graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Howard University and earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Northwestern University.

Abdullah held prior positions of dean, research director and extension administrator and tenured professor in the college of Engineering Sciences, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida A&M University.

In addition, he has held positions at the University of Buffalo and Chicago State University.

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