Dear Colleagues and Friends:
I am honored and humbled at being selected to serve in the position of Dean of the School of Education at North Carolina A&T State University. This is a homecoming of sorts for me in two ways: first of all, I was born in Elizabeth City, and second, at an earlier point in my career as an academician, I held a professorial appointment at North Carolina State University. My new position is especially meaningful to me since the School of Education is located in a beautiful, new building named Samuel Dewitt Proctor Hall, after the fifth President of the University who is most remembered for his loyal service to higher education, his leadership role in service to the United States, and his impact as a theologian. His legacy extends around the world and we will continue the pursuit of excellence in our teaching, service, and research that he exemplified. I can bear personal witness to the positive influence that Dr. Proctor played in the lives of so many people because after he left A&T, he occupied the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professorship at Rutgers University, and in that position he was responsible for many students, including myself, enrolling in and completing their programs of graduate education at that institution.His legacy extends around the world and we will continue the pursuit of excellence in our teaching, service, and research that he exemplified.
My arrival at A&T coincides with the distribution of the new long-range strategic planning document, A&T Preeminence 2020, by Chancellor Harold Martin, which can be located on his webpage. This plan is bold, innovative, and creative, and it serves as the blueprint for positioning the university to become a premier institution of higher learning and research for the state, nation, and world.
The faculty and staff of the School of Education will endeavor to meet the six goals for the University: create a strong intellectual climate; excellence in teaching, research, and engagement; position the university to be a national, premier research intensive institution; embrace an entrepreneurial spirit; foster a more diverse and inclusive campus community; and achieve academic and operational excellence. I invite your suggestions, comments, and insights about ways the School of Education can achieve these goals. Please feel free to share your observations with me as we move the University to a greater level of accomplishment by embracing our past and creating our future.
With your moral and financial support, we will continue to produce outstanding teachers, counselors, administrators, and therapists to serve our schools and our communities.
William B. Harvey
Dean, School of Education