Central State University has selected Charles Ford to fill its second-highest office as provost and vice president for academic affairs beginning July 1.
Ford, who comes to Central State from Winston-Salem State University, replaces former provost Juliette Bell, who left July 1, 2012, to become president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Patrick Liverpool has been serving in the interim.
Ford is formerly dean of Winston-Salem’s College of Arts and Sciences, according to Central State. He is currently a full professor of computer science for the college.
President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said Ford’s “vastexperience and expertise in higher education will be a significant asset for faculty, staff and students.”
His background includes leadership and faculty roles at Florida State University, Philander Smith College, Clayton State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He holds a Ph.D. in computer and information science from Florida State University; master’s degrees from both the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas; and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Philander Smith College.
He has presented his work at numerous academic conferences, has registered patents and has been published extensively in academic journals, according to Central State.
Ford was introduced as provost at Jackson-Hammond’s inauguration ceremony on Thursday.