DALLAS, TX. – Dr. Mary Benjamin, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was honored with an award for College-level promotion of Education at the Women of Color STEM Conference recently. Hosted annually by the Career Communication Group’s Women of Color Magazine, the conference recognizes outstanding women in the STEM fields and provides opportunities for professional development, networking, and recruiting.
Dr. Benjamin graduated from Tuskegee Institute and Atlanta University before earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Mississippi State University. As the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she has developed innovative programs promoting academic advance for students and faculty. She skillfully manages recommendations for employment, promotion, tenure and retention. She serves as academic liaison to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and is the founder of the UAPB STEM Academy. She has given leadership in obtaining STEM expansion grants totaling $16M from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority. She is passionate about increasing higher education STEM opportunities for students at HBCUs.
UAPB Professor of Military Science Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Foster nominated Dr. Benjamin because of her advocacy and wanted to highlight her lifetime of work in preparing successful students.
As Principal Investigator on the grants, her most recent adventure has been giving leadership in gaining approval and developing coalitions to successfully fund a $10M STEM Academy and Conference Center to centrally house the programs at UAPB. The facility is scheduled for completion by August 2014.
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