Baltimore Morgan State University President David K. Wilson and Professor Hongtao Yu today announced the appointment of internationally recognized biomedical research scientist Paul P. Chunwu as the new Dean of the School of Computer, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences (SCMNS). ), as of January 1, 2023.
Dr. Chono comes to Morgan from Jackson State University (JSU) where he most recently served as Principal Investigator (PI), Executive Director of the Center for Research on Health Differences in Minority Institutions (RCMI), and Presidential Distinguished Professor. Having spent more than 30 years in higher education, including more than two decades at Jackson State, Dr. Chuno provides a distinguished background as a distinguished scholar and administrator who, during his tenure at JSU, has bolstered faculty research portfolios that have raised more than $120 million. in grants, developed new science and technology programs, and contributed to awarding more than 100 Ph.D.
The appointment of Morgan’s newest academic dean followed an extensive national search that yielded a competitive pool of diverse candidates from a variety of sectors that include higher education, private industry and government. The assessed candidates boasted expertise from a range of disciplines including mathematics, computer and information sciences, chemistry, biological sciences, and physics.
“We are delighted to have chosen such a distinguished scholastic and scholarly presence to lead our School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences – a school that is integral to Morgan’s rise as a top public research institution,” said President Wilson. “Dr. Tchounwou’s impressive background, broad research portfolio, and ability to further Morgan’s breadth and scope in scientific study are welcome to our thriving scholarly community here at National Treasure. His experience as an administrator, balanced with a well-documented commitment to student success, reinforces Dr. Chounwou’s appointment and confirms that we have The best person for this deanship.”
Prior to his leadership of the JSU Center for Health Disparities Research, Dr. Chuno was Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies, and International Programs in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET) at Jackson State. In this capacity, he has led CSET to significant research output and international distinction. In addition to his duties as interim dean of CSET, Dr. Chono has served as associate dean of the College of Science and Technology, chair of the biology department, and director of JSU’s doctoral program in environmental sciences which has culminated in achieving several major milestones including being the second largest producer of African Americans with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Biomedical Sciences.
“I am deeply honored and truly excited to lead the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Morgan, and to work alongside administration, faculty, staff, alumni, and students in elevating SCMNS to a higher level of academic excellence,” said Dr. Chono. “I am excited about the great opportunities we will collectively pursue to increase enrollment, retention, graduation, and placement rates, as well as grow our research and innovation programs. I look forward to creating new academic programs, expanding collaborations and partnerships, and achieving higher national and international rankings for SCMNS. Together We will build on the strong foundation that has been laid to further strengthen SCMNS as a major academic center of excellence in science, technology, and mathematics education.”
Recipient of the 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science Guidelines Award and the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (PAESMEM), Dr. Chono is a distinguished environmental toxicologist and biomedical scientist whose research focuses on elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of action of therapeutic drugs and xenobiotic compounds. He served as Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the NIH-RCMI Center for Environmental Health, Department of Defense Center of Excellence in STEM Education, and DoEd-First in the Global Program in STEM. He also served as Director of the NIH-RCMI Translational Research Network Data Technology Coordination Center and as a co-investigator of the NSF-CREST Center for Nanotoxicity Studies.
Under Dr. Chono’s leadership, Morgan’s SCMNS and scientific research activity will continue to advance to new heights and explore new areas for growth and collaboration. His vision and stewardship of transformative impact in the classroom and in the laboratory is perfectly in line with who we are as a research institution,” said Vice-Chancellor. “We are most grateful to Dr. Cleo Hughes-Darden for her contributions and steadfast guidance while serving as Interim Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematics and Natural Sciences over the past year.”
In Dr. Chono Morgan, comes to its leadership ranks a celebrated administrator and accomplished scientist who has amassed exemplary credentials. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Engineering and Technology, an African Scientific Institute Fellow, a Fellow of the American Institute of CV, and a member of numerous scientific organizations including the Delta Omega Emeritus Society for Public Health, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Public Health Association , National Environmental Health Association, Society for Toxicology, and New York Academy of Sciences. He has authored 298 peer-reviewed publications and over 600 scholarly presentations over the course of his career in addition to serving as editor-in-chief of International journal of environmental and public health researchAnd the Environmental Toxicologyand co-editor in Frontiers in Oncology.
Dr. Chono received his BSc in Biology and MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon. He holds a master’s degree in public health in environmental health and a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, Dr. Chono did postdoctoral research in Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis at Tulane University Medical Center.
“In bringing a mentor of Dr. Chunwoo’s scientific caliber and research acumen, there is no doubt that his contributions will go a long way in supporting the university’s strategic plan goal of achieving an R1 rating,” added Provost Yu.
The College of Computer, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences is Morgan’s center for STEM-related research and discovery, offering nine bachelor’s, four master’s, and doctoral degrees in five academic departments: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. The nine bachelor’s degrees are: actuarial science, biology, chemistry, cloud computing, computer science, engineering physics, mathematics, medical laboratory science, and physics.
Within the past decade, SCMNS has increased enrollment in undergraduate majors by 30 percent and more than tripled enrollment in Ph.D. Since fiscal year ’21, SCMNS has been awarded 63 research grants totaling more than $22 million.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a highly rated Carnegie (R2) research institution offering more than 140 academic programs leading to degrees from baccalaureate to doctoral. As Maryland’s preeminent public urban research university, and the only university whose entire campus has been designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan offers a multiracial and multiethnic student body and strives to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as widely as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
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Larry Jones or Dale Jackson for University of Public Relations