Huntsville, Ala. ---- Alabama A&M University has recently announced appointments to key positions at the instituition.
Interim Dean, College of Business and Public Affairs
Dr. Barbara Jones, professor and former business school dean, will serve as interim dean for the College of Business and Public Affairs, effective immediately. Currently, Dr. Jones serves as a full-time tenured professor in the
Department of Finance and Economics. She joined Alabama A&M University in 1997 as the Dean for the School of Business and, immediately prior to the AAMU post, served nine years in a similar position at Prairie View A&M University. At both schools she targeted strengthening the curriculum, instruction, relations with the business community and services to students as goals.
These activities moved the School closer to specialized accreditation by AACSB—International, where she served on the AACSB Accreditation Implementation Task Force that designed the Candidacy Program, three years on the Candidacy Committee, three years on the Board of Directors and two years on the Executive Committee.
Jones received the A.B. degree in Economics in 1963 from the University of Oklahoma and the A.M. degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1966. She received her terminal degree, the Doctor of Philosophy in economics, in 1973 from Georgia State University.
She has served on the Executive Committee of the AAMU Business/Industry Cluster, coaches the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team (academic team), and she served on the Alabama General Studies Committee, which she chaired in 2007.
Dr. Jones has been active in the National Economic Association, the only national organization of black economists since its inception in 1969. She served as president and Secretary-Treasurer and on the Board of Directors. She has served as an Interim Editor and on the Board of Editorial Advisors of The Review of Black Political Economy. She also served as President of the Southern Business Administration Association and the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable. She has been on the Board of the Huntsville/Madison County Library Foundation, Character Foundation of North Alabama, Women’s Economic Development Council, United Way of Huntsville-Madison County, the Huntsville Public Building Authority and WEDC Foundation, and a member of Leadership Huntsville-Class 14.
Her professional activities have involved travel to all regions of the United States as well as to Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, India, Japan, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Ukraine and Guam. She spent a year on the faculty of Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and has had extensive interactions with students and faculty from all over the world.
Dean, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences
Dr. Lloyd T. Walker has been named dean of the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS). He most recently served AAMU as the interim dean and research director of the CALNS. Prior to the CALNS assignments, Dr. Walker served as interim associate provost of academic affairs and dean of university college. In his role as interim associate provost, he supervised academic activities relating to undergraduate students. He was later assigned the responsibility of overseeing the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Sponsored Programs.
Dr. Walker, a tenured professor, is a food scientist by training who also served as
department chair for the Department of Food and Animal Sciences (1999-2008). He is credited with the growth of the Department of Food and Animal Science to its current prominence. Nationally, this program is recognized as the top tier program among universities with similar Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) accreditation, and the only HBCU with such recognition. The department is also recognized as one of the top producers of African American PhD’s in the discipline and for transitioning students from undergraduate to graduate studies in the area of food science.
Walker joined AAMU in 1992 as a post-doctoral research associate after completing his Ph.D. degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he majored in food science and technology. Prior to his doctoral degree, Walker received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in animal science from Prairie View A&M University (Tex.).
During his more than two decades at AAMU, he has mentored and advised numerous graduate and undergraduate students. His publication record shows upwards of 150 publications, more than 50 peer reviewed articles and five book chapters. He also has been and continues to be active in grantsmanship. He is associated with grants of over $10 million to AAMU and other collaborating universities.
The dean’s involvement in service activities is extensive. As a professional member of the IFT, he has twice chaired the Southeastern Section (SES) of the organization. He is credited with the revitalization of this IFT section during his second term at the helm. The section is now one of the largest and most financially stable in the United States. He also serves on two local boards.
Recognized as a visionary builder of programs, Walker has received numerous awards commemorating both his academic prowess and his service accomplishments. Among these are: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2009; recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (1999-2000); and three times named Researcher of the Month at AAMU, 2000, 2001, 2003. Dr. Walker has received several national committee appointments and invitations to speak and make presentations.
He is married to Fay Walker and is the father of three adult children and has three grandchildren.