Christine Johnson McPhail, president of Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, has announced that Mark A. Melton will serve as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Melton has been serving as a professor of biology and dean for the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Allied Health at the university.
“I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve the university as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs,” says Dr. Melton. “I look forward to providing inclusive leadership to move President McPhail’s vision of Re-Imagining SAU forward. Together we will build on the 155-year legacy of SAU.”
During his career at Saint Augustine’s University, Dr. Melton has been chair of the department of biological and physical sciences, honors program director, and program director for the NIH-MARC U*STAR Program, a federally funded student research training program. Dr. Melton has served both as principal investigator and director of several grants secured from the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, the Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation, totaling more than $10 million.
Dr. Melton received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a master’s degree in developmental biology from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in developmental neurophysiology from the University of Maryland at College Park.