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HU School of Science Welcomes New Dean

Dr. Robert M. Dixon

Dr. Robert M. Dixon

Dr. Robert M. Dixon was recently appointed Dean of the Hampton University School of Science.

Dixon’s most recent appointment was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Grambling State University. He has also served in administrative and faculty positions at Morehouse College, Bishop College, Southern College of Technology, Atlanta University and Morgan State University.

“Dr. Dixon is a seasoned administrator and we are confident that he will expand upon the great research and outstanding academic programs in the School of Science,” said HU Provost Dr. Pamela V. Hammond.

Dixon’s area of expertise is nuclear physics and he would like to see the program, along with all other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas, continue to thrive and grow at HU. He would also like to increase student enrollment in all STEM fields as well as involve faculty in more contract research and grant-supported research.

“I hope to see the school maximize and utilize our potential in all STEM fields,” stated Dixon. “We have the resources needed to attract and recruit more students to all programs and produce more graduates.”

In 1998 and 1999 Dixon was a consultant to the HU Center for Nuclear and High Energy Physics and served on its advisory board for 7 years. He came to the university for his first teaching assignment as a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Intern.

“I am no stranger to Hampton,” stated Dixon. “I have always been a supporter of the university and for years have referred students and faculty to Hampton.”

Dixon received his bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics from Morehouse College, a Masters of Science degree in nuclear physics from Rutgers University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Maryland.

Dixon replaces Dr. Douglas J. DePriest who passed away in October.

-Naima A. Gethers