Traki Taylor4

Traki Taylor

Traki Taylor, an administrator and professor at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., will ring in 2016 with a fresh start—she has been named the newest dean of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University(FAMU) College of Education in Tallahassee, Fla. and will begin her tenure in January.

“I am honored to be selected as the next dean of the FAMU College of Education,” Taylor said in a statement. “The College of Education is among the top producers of African-American educators in Florida and is considered the cornerstone college of the University. I look forward to building upon and strengthening that rich legacy.”

FAMU Provost Marcella David said Taylor was chosen after a nationwide search. Taylor is currently the dean and a professor in the College of Education at Bowie State by way of the University of Michigan-Flint. There, she served in several leadership positons, including as associate dean of the School of Education and Human Services, associate chair of the Education Department and director of Diversity Projects.

Former colleagues and members of the search committee hailed Taylor for her commitment to rigorous assessment standards and her support of student and faculty research.

In a statement, Dean George Acquaah of the Bowie University College of Arts & Sciences, praised Taylor for “leading by example and encouraging her colleagues to follow suit.”

Similarly, Florida A&M Provost David said, “Dean Taylor is exactly what the FAMU College of Education needs at this moment in the higher education landscape. I look forward to continued growth and innovation from the College under her leadership, as well as the role she will play in bolstering the FAMU Developmental Research School.”

A graduate of Baltimore’s Coppin State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in special education, and of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she earned master’s and doctoral degrees, Taylor seems to be primed to continue making her way up the academic leadership ladder.

She has served on multiple national educational associations including the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She was also a protégé in The American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative.

According to a 2011 brochure, the Millennium Leadership Initiative is “a premier leadership development program that provides individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in the executive ranks of higher education the opportunity to develop leadership skills, create a philosophical leadership strategy and build the network necessary to advance to a presidency or chancellorship. The primary emphasis of the Institute is to ensure that the next generation of leaders in higher education reflects the rich diversity within our nation’s colleges and universities.”