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Makola M. Abdullah, PhD

Makola M. Abdullah, PhD, is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida Memorial University (FMU). Florida Memorial University is a private, baptist affiliated Historically Black University located in Miami Gardens, Fl. As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Abdullah is the Chief Academic Officer, overseeing all academic, research and institutional effectiveness programs while also leading the Strategic Planning and SACS reaffirmation efforts.

Prior to his FMU appointment, Dr. Abdullah enjoyed a distinguished 15-year tenure at Florida A & M University where he most recently served as the Dean and Director of 1890 Land Grant Programs in the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture. Under his leadership, the college increased its overall enrollment by 20%, increased external research dollars to fund research and academic programs by 10% to $9.5 million and made the college the leader at FAMU for faculty/staff contributions to the endowment. In addition, Dr. Abdullah started a new academic program in Veterinary Technology and built new facilities for research, teaching and extension. He also started the CESTA Scholars program to provide more meaningful opportunities for students to be involved in the research and extension programs at FAMU. Dr. Abdullah also served as the Associate Vice-President for Research and had direct responsibility for the legislative priorities for the institution. During his tenure as the Associate Vice President for Research, research expenditures at FAMU exceeded $50 million dollars.

An internationally renowned researcher and educator, Abdullah has been recognized for his outstanding research and funding. Throughout his career, he has been committed to increasing the number of African-Americans in the professional fields of science, mathematics and engineering. His record of success includes graduating four Ph.D.s and six M.S. scholars in addition to publishing over 25 technical publications in research areas related to Earthquake and Wind Engineering. His work has been funded by NSF, NASA, Boeing, FEMA and others. He is a former NSF CAREER Awardee.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Abdullah received his B.S. from Howard University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Upon graduation from Northwestern University, he was recognized as the youngest African American to ever receive a Ph. D. in engineering.
Dr.Abdullah is a strong advocate of historically black colleges and universities and other land-grant institutions. Abdullah has appeared on the former Black Entertainment Television program, “Teen Summit”, and he is active in the 5000 Role Model Project in Miami, FL.