Jean Gordon Cook
(JACKSON, Miss.) – After a nationwide search, Jackson State University appointed JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology dean Mark G. Hardy as its new provost and vice president of academic affairs.
“Dr. Hardy is a forward-thinking administrator and an accomplished researcher,” said JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers. “His successful leadership as an academic administrator, along with his dedication to this university, makes him the best person to lead our academic enterprise.”
Now in his 24th year at Jackson State, Hardy, 54, has served as chairperson of the biology department, interim associate vice president of academic affairs, and associate dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. As dean, Hardy oversaw the college’s academic programs that serve 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students.
“I am extremely proud and excited about the opportunity to help lead Jackson State to the next level of excellence,” Hardy said. “As a Jackson State graduate, I’m especially honored to serve my alma mater in this new capacity.”
Hardy earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in mycology, both at Jackson State, in 1980 and 1982 respectively. He earned a doctorate in phycology from the University of Alabama in 1986 and later did postdoctoral work in plant and soil science at Alabama A&M University.
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