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HU Names New Provost


Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has announced the appointment of Dr. Pamela Hammond as Hampton University Provost. The provost is the chief academic officer of the university. Hammond previously served as the dean of the University’s School of Nursing.

“I was impressed with Dr. Hammond’s intellect, work ethic, results oriented style of management and mentoring of younger faculty members,” Harvey said. “In my judgment she will be an outstanding provost.”

Hammond was first appointed the dean of the HU School of Nursing in 1998, and again in 2007. During her time in the department, among other accomplishments, she was named a 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and her department was given a community service award by the 100 Black Men of the Virginia Peninsula. In 2007, Dr. Hammond was among the inaugural class of fellows inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education. Hammond received the bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tuskegee University, a master of science in maternal-child nursing from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Urban Services from Old Dominion University.

“I am honored that Dr. Harvey has provided this opportunity for me to serve Hampton University as its provost and I look forward to this new adventure,” Hammond said. “As the provost of Hampton University, my goal is to provide the leadership necessary to fulfill Hampton’s mission of offering exemplary programs and opportunities. My priorities are to focus on excellence in academics, the recruitment of outstanding students, and fundraising.”

Hammond replaces Dr. Joyce Jarrett, who has been the university’sprovost since 2005. Jarrett will continue to serve at HU as an endowed university professor and the university editor, with teaching responsibilities.

“Dr. Jarrett served the University with distinction,” Harvey said. “Her talents and work ethic support and representation both internally and externally of the Hampton ethos was terrific. I am pleased that she will continue to serve Hampton University in a number of important ways.”

Dr. Arlene Montgomery has been appointed dean of the HU School of Nursing. Montgomery, who has over 30 years experience in clinical nursing and most recently was assistant dean for academic affairs of the HU School of Nursing, received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the HU School of Nursing. She received a doctoral degree from Old Dominion University and did post doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania.

-Yuri Milligan