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Morehouse Announces New Provost and Senior Vice President


New Provost

ATLANTA, JULY 29, 2013 – President John Silvanus Wilson Jr.,’79 is pleased to announce the appointment of Garikai Campbell as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Morehouse College. 

Campbell comes to Morehouse from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where he served in several leadership positions including, most recently, as associate vice president for Strategic Planning and Special Assistant to the President.

Campbell received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Swarthmore in 1990 and a Ph.D., also in mathematics, from Rutgers University in 1999.  He is applauded for his innovative perspectives in higher education, particularly for his work in shaping programs designed to engage and retain students in the STEM disciplines.

“I immediately recognized in Dr. Campbell a combination of energy and intelligence that makes him the ideal person to lead Morehouse’s academic program and I could not be more excited to welcome him to the College,” said Wilson. “We need significant game-change potential in each and every new teammate we bring aboard.  Kai will clearly be a game-change provost, who will play an important role in helping to achieve our goal of strengthening Morehouse as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. I look forward to working with him.”

Campbell’s accolades are many, having been awarded the Minority Graduate Fellowship by the National Science Foundation; the Lindback Minority Junior Faculty Grant; the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship; and the Henry Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America.

Campbell has published papers in the area of number theory, focusing primarily on problems that exhibit some association with the properties of rational points on elliptic curves. He has presented his work at several institutions and conferences; reviewed grants for the NSF; and refereed papers for INTEGERS and the Journal of Integer Sequences. He also has served on the advisory boards for the Math is Power and Figure This! campaigns to champion the importance of math and science literacy to elementary and middle school-aged kids and their parents.
Campbell comes to Morehouse during an exciting time of transition for the College to work with President Wilson, who is focused on building both character and capital preeminence at the school.
“Morehouse is one of the most historically significant institutions of higher education in our nation, and one whose mission of preparing, developing and mentoring its men to lead lives of leadership and service is more important today than ever,” said Campbell. “I am looking forward to working with the president, faculty, staff, students, board, and alumni to build on the strengths of the institution and support the rigor of the academic program.”

Campbell is married to Diana Dismus Campbell, also a mathematician. She earned her B.S. from Spelman College and M.S. from Rutgers. The couple has three sons ages 16, 14 and 12.

Campbell will begin his tenure at Morehouse on August 5, 2013.