Adrienne Cooper has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.
After earning her undergraduate degree, Dr. Cooper worked as an engineer with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company at Jackson Laboratory. She then obtained a National Science Foundation Fellowship to work and study at the National Institute of Materials Research in Japan. She later went on to hold roles at various higher education institutions including the University of South Carolina, Florida A&M University, and South Carolina State University. Most recently, she served as associate provost at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach.
As an academic, Dr. Cooper’s research interests are diverse and include projects funded to explore access, retention, and environmental concerns, among other topics. Her research and projects have garnered over $8 million in funding over the course of her 35-year career.
“During my campus visit, meeting with some of the faculty and staff, I felt a resonance with FMU and knew that it was a good fit for me,” Cooper said. “I am looking forward to working with the talented students, faculty, staff and administrative team at FMU to prepare graduates who are ready to exceed the challenges of the 21st century.”
Dr. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Florida.