Senior Leadership Changes within the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
After 14 years of exceptional service to the college community, Dr. Reginald Perry, our Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum, will return to the faculty effective the end of Spring semester 2018.
During his tenure as associate dean, over 4,500 students graduated from the college with an engineering degree. Dr. Perry successfully obtained several multi-million-dollar student-centered grants designed to assist students in achieving their goal of earning an engineering degree. These grants included the first National Science Foundation (NSF) HBCU-Undergraduate Program grant awarded to Florida A&M University and another NSF grant to establish the first STEM Learning Community at FAMU. He has also managed a variety of grants and awards from the U.S. Department of Education, NASA, GEM, and several corporate sources.
Administrators from both FAMU and FSU note the countless impacts of Dr. Perry’s leadership in the college. Interim Provost Rodner Wright, of Florida A&M University, said “Dr. Perry has diligently worked for the students of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering through critical growth years for the college”. Provost Sally McRorie, of Florida State University, said “Dr. Perry’s guidance and commitment will be sorely missed”.
Dean J. Murray Gibson expressed his appreciation for Dr. Perry’s invaluable guidance and assistance during Gibson’s first year as dean. “He has been a reasoned, intelligent and compassionate leader within the college, and he leaves a legacy of successful young people whose accomplishments were facilitated by his commitment. After many years of dedicated service, I understand that he is looking forward to returning to the faculty for fresh opportunities.”
“It has been a great honor and pleasure to serve as Associate Dean at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering,” said Dr. Perry. “In this role, I have had the opportunity to meet with thousands of students and work with many wonderful faculty and staff members at both institutions. It has truly been a tremendous experience.”
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will hold a celebration in honor of Dr. Perry’s service in Spring 2018.
Two New Associate Deans
“I am happy to announce the appointment of two new associate deans who will help navigate the college through growth and transformation,” said Dean Gibson. “These appointments will be made initially for one year, with continuing service subject to review in 2019.”
Dr. Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry, P.E., will be the new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, effective at the end of Spring 2018 semester. She will take on responsibilities of Dr. Perry’s office at the undergraduate level.
In anticipation of her new role, Dr. Rambo-Roddenberry said, “The associate dean’s office is the place that welcomes students into our engineering family and provides support throughout their studies. Our students work hard and are full of potential, and I am grateful for this opportunity to serve them and to work alongside our talented staff and faculty. Dr. Perry’s dedication and enthusiasm to assist with the transition will be invaluable.”
Dr. Rambo-Roddenberry received her B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. She is a former bridge engineer and active researcher, primarily focusing on prestressed concrete and bridges. She has received service and teaching awards at the local, state, and national levels, and her extensive service gives her a unique understanding of engineering education and licensure. Since 2012 she has served at the Florida Governor’s request on the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. She is very involved in the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, serves on ABET delegations, and is active in the Florida Engineering Society. She is on the Board of Delegates for the Order of the Engineer, a national organization that promotes engineering ethics.
Dr. Mark Weatherspoon will fill the new position of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, effective at the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester. In this role, Dr. Weatherspoon will be primarily responsible for overseeing faculty-related issues including promotion and tenure, hiring, and faculty development. He will also assume oversight for Diversity and Inclusion for faculty and staff.
“It is truly a great honor and pleasure to be selected as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering,” remarked Dr. Weatherspoon. “I am a proud alumnus of the joint college (B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering) and look forward to serving in my new roles working with faculty and staff in the areas of professional development, advancement, diversity and inclusion.”
Dr. Weatherspoon is an experienced professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he has served as Associate Chair since 2015. His research includes modeling and simulation of energy storage devices and microwave active devices. He is a senior member of IEEE and founding director of the NSF FREEDM Systems Center Research + Education Program (REP) at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida.
Oversight of graduate programs, a former responsibility of Dr. Perry, is being transferred to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs, Dr. Farrukh Alvi.