Dr. Carolyn Branch Brooks is a native of Richmond, VA. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Tuskegee University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from The Ohio State University. Carolyn joined the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in 1981 and rose through academic and administrative ranks to become a full professor and to serve in the positions of Department Chair, Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, Research Director of 1890 Land-Grant Programs and Dean of the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. From 2007 until her retirement in 2016 she served as the Executive Director of the Association of 1890 Research Directors which is composed of the research administrators in the food and agricultural sciences at nineteen historically black land-grant universities.
Among the professional awards she has received are: induction into the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hall of Fame and the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame; the William A. Hinton Laureate Award from the American Society for Microbiology; the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU); recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women; featured in “Distinguished African American Scientists of the 20th Century”; received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Maryland Association for Higher Education and several UMES Faculty Awards for Excellence/Achievement.
She was also a recipient of the Faculty Award for “Excellence in Science and Technology” from the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has published more than 50 journal papers and served on numerous national panels, councils, boards, task forces etc. She served as a consultant/research and academic program evaluator for universities in nine different states, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Costa Rica, Honduras, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, and Malawi. Her funded research projects allowed her to conduct research in Egypt, Cameroon, Togo, Nigeria, and Senegal.
Carolyn stays active now assisting HBCUs when called upon, with community volunteerism, as an officer in her chapter of The Links, Inc., as treasurer at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church and on councils of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton.
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