2007 - Volume 6, Issue 5
Savannah State University

New President

In the Spotlight ..

Elissa Honored

Joe Retires

Kudos to ...

Dear Alumni ...

University News

Quotable Quotes!

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Welcome to our New President

Dr. Earl G. Yarbrough Sr., full professor and former provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., has joined as the President of Savannah State University.

In 2004, while a tenured professor of industrial technology at Virginia State University, Yarbrough completed a year-long fellowship in Washington, D.C., with the Kellogg Foundation Minority Serving Institution Leadership Program that prepares minority professionals for the challenges and rigors of becoming university presidents, chancellors or other senior leadership roles in higher education. He has also completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

Dr. Yarbrough was the chief academic and student affairs officer at Virginia State from 1998 to 2003, managing approximately $75 million in state and federal funds, tuition and fees, research dollars, and grants and gifts awarded to the university. As provost, he directed the university’s five-year strategic plan and supervised the institution’s day-to-day academic concerns. Under Yarbrough’s leadership, a School of Engineering, Science and Technology and a School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach were established, a comprehensive student support center opened, several new degree programs were developed, including a high-demand doctor-of-education program, and VSU established a University Council to represent faculty, staff, administrators and students. Also during Yarbrough’s tenure as provost, VSU experienced a significant increase in state support, funded grants, grant proposals and alumni and corporate giving.

DR. Yarbrough also has administrative experience at two other public historically black universities, having served as the first dean of the School of Technology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C., from 1986 to 1998 and chair of the Industrial Technology Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Ark., from 1984 to 1986.

As dean at North Carolina A&T, he built a student support center and played a key role in obtaining state funding for a new $8 million building, received more than $15 million in research grants and contracts, equipment and scholarships, added undergraduate and graduate programs, and established several 2+2 articulation agreements. As a department chair at the University of Arkansas, Yarbrough increased student enrollment in industrial technology programs by 25 percent and developed and implemented a successful technology transfer and symposium program.

In addition, DR. Yarbrough has held full professorships at Virginia State University (1998-present), North Carolina A & T (1986-1998), the University of Arkansas (1984-1986) and Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, Okla. (1982-84).

Dr. Yarbrough earned a Ph.D. in industrial education from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1976, a master of arts in industrial studies from California State University at Los Angeles in 1974 and a bachelor of arts in industrial education from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan., in 1969.

He is married to Patricia A. Yarbrough and has four grown children.


Dr. Larry Stokes, Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, and former Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs with effect from July 1, 2007.

Dr. Stokes fills in the position of AVPAA vacated by Dr. Beverley Watkins after more than 10 years of outstanding service to SSU and the community.


Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Executive Director, Sponsored Research and Professor of Biology, has been appointed as the Dean of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research with effect from July 1, 2007.


Dr. Emily Crawford, Professor of Marketing, has been appointed as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies with effect from July 1, 2007.

Dr. Elissa Purnell to be honored as a Role Model!

Dr. Elissa Purnell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, will be honored as a Role Model in the area of biomedical research by Minority Access, Inc. She will be accorded VIP status and special recognition at the National Role Models Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia, September 13-16, 2007. The award will be conferred at the National Role Models Awards Banquet on September 15, 2007.

Dr. Purnell has also been accepted as a STAR fellow in the STAR Fellowship Program organized by The University of North Texas Health Science center for the 2007-08 academic year. The goal of the program is to stimulate research in health disparities, by enhancing the scholar's ability to formulate and propose research projects for funding by federal agencies.

Dr. Joseph Richardson Retires!

Dr. Joseph Richardson, Professor of Marine Science, is retiring from his position as a tenured Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and he was an honoree in the President's Reception for Retirees held on May 8, 2007 at Savannah Ball Room.

Dr. Richardson has served Savannah State University for more than 30 years. The College of Sciences and Technology and the Savannah State University Community will always remember their distinguished services in all areas of teaching, advising students, faculty development, curriculum development, research and grantsmanship, and community service.

We wish Dr. Joseph Richardson all the BEST!

Kudos to ............

Dr. Hua Zhao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, has received a grant Award of $40000 for 2 years from American Chemical Society.

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, received the 2007 Mattie Beverley Payne Distinguished Award of SSU at the Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2007.

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan has also been invited to give a keynote address on Managing Coal Power Plant wastes during the Contamination Clean Up 2007 Conference to be held in Adelaide, Australia, June 24-28, 2007.

Ms. Nicole Abdul, a graduate student of Marine Sciences program, received a a HBCU Fellowship award of $15000 from the Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) for the spring and summer semesters of 2007.

Guided under the supervision of Dr. Carol Pride, Associate Professor of Marine Science, four Marine Science students, Sigourney Bain, Sanya Compton, Ebony Henderson, and Joe Marshall presented Posters at the Southeastern Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America in March, 2007 in Savannah, GA.

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University News
Welcome to the New Department Chairs in College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences !

Dr. April Gentry, Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts

Dr. Bernard Bongang, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Public Administration and Urban Studies

Professor Novella Cross-Holmes, Chair of the Department of Mass Communications

Quotable Quotes ......!

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." - Goethe

"Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts." - Henry B. Adams  

"Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living." - John Dewey

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