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-7 Page B-4, The Tuskegee News, December 9, 2010 Tuskegee University News Roct,on names transition team TU News Bureau Tuskegee University presi- dent Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon has amounced his official transi- tion team to assist him with .implementing his vision or the institution and its constituents, "We have launched a new era and are striving for a pathway towards pre-eminence for Tuskegee University," Rochon said. The team, led by Tuskegee University Board of Trustees chair and Tuskegee alumnus, Maj.. Gen. Charles E. Williams (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retired), consists of representa- tives of the University's Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, students and other ex- perts. Members of the team are: Board of Trustees members: Dr. Bernard E. Anderson, An" drew Hornsby, Dr. Willene Johnson, Howard G. Paster and Felker Ward. Faculty members: Dr. Luther S. Williams, dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Walter Hill, dean of the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences; Dr. Legand Burge, dean of the Col- lege of Engineering and Physi- cal Sciences; and Dr. Tsegaye Habtemariam, dean of the Col- lege of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. Staff members: Dr. Cynthia Sellers, vice president for stu- dent affairs and Leslie V. Porter, vice president for busi- ness and fiscal affairs; TU: TU National Alumni As" sociation president Kimberly Woodard; Student Government Association president Ryan Burke. Others: Attorney Darryl Crompton, Dr. Sidney J. Fau- ria, Stephen A. Martin, Dr. Carlen Luke McLin, Kevin J. McLin Sr., Edwin Rigaud, Dr. Elizabeth Watkins Saul, attor- ney Jock Smith, Cheryl M. Thomas, Dr. Tarek E1-Ghazawi and retired Col. Richard Tol- liver. The transition team began of- ficial discussion in a two-day meeting. The first gathering was December 2, which began with a reception and was fol- lowed by a presentation from the'president. The team con- cluded December 3 with a half- day meeting to set transition objectives, parameters, assign- ments and discussion. The team's objective is to have a report to the president by the end of February 2011. AlabamaSAVES loan program ann(00uLnced The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Af- fairs has launched a $60 mil- lion program that will help Alabama industrial and com- mercial businesses save en- ergy, money and create and retain jobs. ADECA officials announced recently a revolving loan pro" gram called AlabamaSAVES (Sustainable and Verifiable Energy Savings). The program will offer 2 per- cent interest rate loans of'be- tween $250,000 and $4 million to help existing nance energy'saving improve- mentsto their facilities. Loan applications from businesses are now being accepted. The fund was established partly with $25 million in fed- eral funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ADECA worked with pri- vate lenders and used $12.5 million of the funds to estab- lish a loaniloss reserve and buy down the interest rate. Additional private-lender fi- nancing increased the loan pool to $60 million. "Alabama businesses are the backbone of our state's econ- omy and helping them become more efficient means greater economic opportunities for our residents," said Doni Ingram, director of ADECA. For more information visit Dr. Williams appointed new TU provost TU News Bureau Dr. Luther S. Williams has been hppointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Tuskegee University, effective December 13. Williams, who currently serves as dean of gradu- ate studies and director of the Integrative Bio- Sciences Ph.D. Program, has had a distinguished career that ranges from faculty positions at major American universities to administrative roles in higher educational and government agencies, par- ticularly in science and technology. As chief academic officer, Williams is responsible to him for all curricular, instructional, research, outreach and faculty personnel matters. He will have authority and responsibility for advancing the academic quality and stature of the University. Under the direction of President Dr. Gilbert Ro- chon, who appointed Williams to the losition, the provost allocates budgets, faculty positions and in- structional resources for all academic areas, includ- ing research in the University libraries, outreach, and undergraduate, graduate and summer school programs. Williams previously served as provost at the Uni- versity. He will continue to assist with the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care. Williams served as William T. Kemper Director of Education and Interpretation at the Missouri Botanical Garden prior to coming to Tuskegee Uni- versity. In 1990, he was appointed assistant director of education and human resources at the National Science Foundation, where he also served as senior science advisor. His other work includes assistant professor of bi- ology at Purdue University, associate professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, associate professor of biology, professor of biology and dean of the Graduate School at Washington University, vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado, president of Atlanta University and special assistant to the director of the National Institutes of General Medical Sci" ences. Williams has served as chairman of the White House Biotechnology Science Coordinating Com" mittee and as vice chairmanof the Federal Coordi- nating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology Committee on Education and Human Resources. Additionally, he ha,q .mrv+d a,q vie+ chairman of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Education and Training and served as chairman of its subcommittee on Excellence'in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education. Williams earned his B.A. in biology with distinc- tion from Miles College in Birmingham, M.S. from Atlanta University in Atlanta and Ph.D. in micr& bial physiology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He has completed postdoctoral work at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Williams is the author of more than 70 contribu- tions in published scientific journals and more than 20 articles and reports addressing science, mathe- matics, engineering and technology education. Williams was named one of the 50 most important blacks in science research by Spectrum Magazine in 2005 and recipient of the Catalytic Award for Systemic Change by Quality Education of Minori- ' ties Inc. in 2006. He served as a member of the Na- tional Advisory Council for the National Center for Minority Health Disparity, National Institutes of Health in 2007-2010 and was appointed a member of the Council of Councils, Office of the Director, Na- tional Institutes of Health in 2009. He also has re- ceived six honorary doctoral degrees. DECORATE YOUR HoM OR OFFICE WITH A PLAQUE OF YOU FAVORITE STORY OR PICTURE FROM THE NEWS FOR AS LITTLE AS $45.00! You CAN PLACE YOUR'ORDER AT OUR OFFICE. reliable reporting local news & events coupon savings themed sections valuable advertising conversation starters There's a lot inside - and online. Take us everywhere. The Tuskegee News, 103 South Main Street, Tuskegee, AL 36083 / 334-727-3020 Subscribing to the news saves you time and money. 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