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Robert N. Corley III

Corley III, Robert N., Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Programs

College of Graduate Studies

Phone: 804-524-5997
Location: Virginia Hall, Room 203

Interim Dean

College of Education

Phone: 804-524-5742
Location: Harris Hall, Room 101

Dr. Corley currently serves as the Interim Dean for the College of Education and as the Associate Vice-Provost for Graduate Programs at Virginia State University.  Under his leadership and in collaboration with his colleagues, the College of Education remains NCATE/CAEP accredited and represents the largest component of graduate education at Virginia State University.  In 2015, The College of Education was recognized by HBCU Lifestyle as fifth, amongst the nation’s 104 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in a ranking of the top producers of teachers, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Prior to these positions, he served the University as Assistant Vice-Provost for Graduate Programs; Member of the Institutional SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) Fifth Year Interim Report Team; Interim Academic Administrator for the College of Agriculture; and as Chairperson of the Department of Agriculture and Human Ecology.

He is a former fellow of the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and a scholar of the Engagement Academy at the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement (COTA Institute) at Virginia Tech University.  He has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2010 National Role Model Administrator Award for “Exemplary Achievements in Expanding Opportunities for Others” presented by Minority Access, Inc., in cooperation with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

He has served at the national and regional levels as Vice-chair of the National Program Committee for the Vocation and Education Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); Consultant to the National Center for Bioethics in Healthcare and Research, Tuskegee University; Planning Committee Member, Summit on Quality and Value in Virginia's System of Higher Education sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; Member, Virginia Inhalation Toxicology Advisory Group, Department of Environmental Quality, Commonwealth of Virginia; Representative, Virginia Council of Graduate Schools; and Member (appointed) Leadership Commission, and Member (elected) Discipline Hearing Committee, ELCA South Eastern Synod (AL, GA, MS, TN). 

He holds the bachelors and masters of Science degrees respectively in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Tuskegee University and a Ph. D. from the University of Illinois in Animal Sciences with a specialization in Nutrition and Biological/Mathematical Modeling.  Prior to his administrative role, he received one US patent, authored over 40 various publications, attended multiple leadership development programs and served as Pi or Co-Pi on over 2 million dollars of research funding focusing on Nutrition and Health.  As an administrator he has been affiliated with over 1 million dollars of external funds focusing on Faculty and Student Development.

In addition, Dr. Corley served his community for eight years as the Synodical licensed minister and leader of St. Luke Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Tuskegee, Alabama.  Prior to arriving at Virginia State University, he served Tuskegee University as a member of the Presidents’ Institutional Leadership team; Assistant Director and Initial Quality Enhancement Plan Developer for the Institutional SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Process; Faculty Senate Chairman; Chair of the Faculty Selection Committee for the Bush Faculty Development Grant; Chair of the Internal Advisory Committee for RCMI (Research Centers at Minority Institutions); and as Coordinator and Co-coordinator of the Animal, Poultry, and Veterinary Sciences’ academic, research, and service programs.

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