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ASU Selects New President

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Author: Hazel Scott

Release Date: May 11, 2012

Alabama State University officials announced the selection of a new president during a Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, May 11.

Alabama State University’s Board of Trustees has selected Joseph H. Silver Sr. to serve as its new president. Silver marks the 13th president to serve in the position in the school’s 165-year history.

The Board selected Silver after a nationwide search process.

Silver will succeed Dr. William H.  Harris, who began his tenure in 1994, retired in 2000 and began his second tenure in 2008. 

Silver currently serves as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. He is the architect of Clark Atlanta University’s new strategic plan and has played a large role in the strategic planning process and its implementation.

“We are proud to have selected the next leader for this enterprise we call the 'Hornet Nation,'" said Trustee Marvin Wiggins, who served as chair of the search committee. “Dr. Silver is poised because of his credentials to take us to the next level. It is not necessary to think about today and tomorrow, but the months and years ahead. He reinforces the legacy, vision and standards instituted by Dr. William H. Harris and his Vision 2020 plan.”  

During his tenure at Clark Atlanta University (CAU), the university has been reaffirmed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). He is responsible for several initiatives, including The Global Leadership Academy, The Center for Leadership, Academic and Student Success, the Friends of the Provost for Access and Success, and the new budget review process. As provost, he is the leading fundraiser for the university.

Prior to his position at CAU, he served as vice president of the Commission on Colleges for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, was vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of political science at Savannah State University, named assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University System of Georgia, and was an instructor and assistant/associate professor at Kennesaw State University.

Over his career, he has developed the reputation of providing transformational and innovative leadership with great vision and principled ethics. Silver has sound strategic planning skills and is championed as a strong academic thinker. His work is recognized on the regional, national and international levels.

The North Carolina native received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from St. Augustine’s College. His master’s and doctorate degrees in political science were received from Atlanta University. Since receiving his Ph.D., he has participated in summer programs at Oxford University in England, Stanford University, The Freedom Foundation, the American Judicature Society and the ACE Leadership Program.

The search had broad representation that included Board of Trustees members, University administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, students and community leaders.

The firm of Heidrick & Struggles conducted the national search. University representatives reviewed more than 50 applications for the position.

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