Sandra DeLoatch has been named Norfolk State University’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. She will be responsible for the division of academic affairs and maintaining academic quality throughout the university, according to a news release. A national search for a permanent replacement will be launched in the fall.
“Dr. DeLoatch’s highly successful background as a teacher, scholar, department chair and academic dean significantly qualifies her to assume the role of interim provost and vice president for academic affairs,” said NSU President Tony Atwater. “She has my full confidence in successfully directing and advancing the academic enterprise at Norfolk State University.”
DeLoatch has worked at NSU for more than 30 years. She was responsible for initiating the university’s computer science program and served as its first department chair. In 2000, she was appointed dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. DeLoatch also had a hand in the department’s recruitment initiatives that raised enrollment, helped expand graduate offerings including NSU’s first Ph.D. program in the sciences, and established tutoring and mentoring to improve graduation and retention rates.