Virginia State University, the historically Black educational institution in Petersburg, has announced the appointment of Donald E. Palm as provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective August 1. Virginia State enrolls about 4,500 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. African Americans are 85 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Dr. Palm has been serving as a tenured professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate provost for undergraduate education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
Professor Palm is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in chemistry. Dr. Palm earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Pennsylvania State University and did postdoctoral research in the department of neurosurgery and neuroscience at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.