Jackson State Chair:

Dr. Mark G. Hardy

Dr. Mark G. Hardy was appointed Dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology effective July 1, 2007.   His appointment was approved and confirmed by the Board of Trustees, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, at the August 2007 board meeting. In this position, Dr. Hardy is responsible for coordinating the academic, research, and service activities of the faculty, staff and students in the College which is composed of two Schools: School of Science and Technology and School of Engineering.  He is also responsible for planning and managing the college's budget (state and federal grants funded) and physical resources, identifying and recruiting faculty to enhance quality instruction, research and community service, and evaluating faculty for promotion, tenure, and salary recommendations.  In addition to his role as dean of the College, Dr. Hardy served as Director for the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program, a college-wide initiative designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and women who earn the Ph.D. in biomedically related fields.

            Prior this appointment, Dr. Hardy served the College as Associate Dean from 2004 to 2006.  In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the School of Science and Technology which is composed of six departments: aerospace science, biology; chemistry; mathematics; physics, atmospheric sciences, and geosciences; and technology.  From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Hardy served the University as Special Assistant to the Provost for Distance Education.  In this position, Dr. Hardy was responsible for coordinating the University's E-Learning program. He also served as a liaison between OAA and the Office of Information Technology to address technical issues related to E-Learning.

            From 1996 to 2004, Dr. Hardy served as chair of the Department of Biology.  In that position, he was responsible for the supervision and coordination of activities of 22 faculty members, 3 staff personnel, and over 900 undergraduate/graduate students. He also had the responsibility of planning and managing the department's budget (state and federal grants funded) and physical resources, identifying and recruiting faculty to enhance quality instruction, research and community service, and evaluating faculty for promotion, tenure, and salary recommendations. Additionally, Dr. Hardy developed and implemented faculty class schedules and teaching loads, and acted as a catalyst for increasing faculty research productivity and improving instructional and other skills.

            As an effective leader and scholar, Dr. Hardy served as interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jackson State during the 2000-2001 academic year. In that position, he was responsible for Ayers compliance and monitoring, academic accreditation, and policy implementation. He also served as the Office of Academic Affairs' webmaster, developing, designing, and maintaining the unit's web site.

            In 1999-2000, he was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. The ACE Fellows Program is the premier higher education leadership development program in the country. It identifies and prepares senior faculty and administrators to become skilled in the leadership of change. The ACE Fellows Program is the only national, individualized, long-term professional development program in higher education that provides on-the-job experience to benefit participating institutions.

            Between 1987-1996, Dr. Hardy served as a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Jackson State where he was a role model teacher and actively involved in research studying the physiology of microalgae in response to various external agents. Dr. Hardy was also an effective grantsman bringing in over 1.5 million dollars in external funding from state and federal agencies. Additionally, he was an adjunct faculty member teaching microbiology at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. His school-wide responsibilities included serving as Site Coordinator for the Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (MAMP) Program and Director for the Office for Naval Research (ONR) Program. Dr. Hardy was also active in JSU's Faculty Senate serving as departmental faculty senator, faculty senate secretary, vice president and president. In 2000, he achieved the academic rank of professor while performing all of the aforementioned departmental and university-wide duties and responsibilities.

            Dr. Hardy holds degrees from Jackson State University in Biology (B.S.), Biology (M.S.), and received his Ph.D. degree in Biology (Phychology) from the University of Alabama. He is only the second African American male to graduate with the Ph.D. in phychology from U of A. In 1987, he completed a year as a post-doctoral fellow at Alabama A&M University. There he supervised three laboratory technicians studying the fundamental investigation of nitrogen fixation by microalgal biofertilizers.  He is married to the former Ms. Vivian Lewis and is the father of one daughter and two boys: Jessica (24), Gary (19) and Austin (14).

 

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