Historically Black Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis has announced the creation of a new academic college focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. The new College of STEM essentially institutionalizes the St. Louis-based university’s efforts over the last decade to develop a diverse pool of talent for Missouri’s STEM workforce.
Harvey R. Fields, Jr. has been named the inaugural dean of the College of STEM. He most recently served as the associate dean for student success at Washington University in St. Louis. As dean of the College of STEM, Dr. Fields will oversee the college’s creation and implementation. He will be responsible for ensuring the integrity and quality of each of its respective academic departments and existing programs, as well as developing new programs.
“Harris-Stowe has an exemplary track record of generating positive impact, strong outcomes, and enhanced possibilities for underrepresented and under-resourced students,” Dr. Fields said. “Furthermore, HSSU contributes to the improving status, standing, and attractiveness of the Greater St. Louis region as a preferred location for individuals, families, and businesses. I fully identify with and embrace the Harris-Stowe mission.”
Dr. Fields is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in chemistry. He holds a second bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Washington University.