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Hongtao Yu | Morgan St.

Hongtao Yu, Ph.D. was named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morgan State University.

The appointment, effective Sept. 1, concludes a nearly two-month search of internal candidates and cements a strategic path forward towards sustained academic advancement and achievement for Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University.

Yu most recently served as dean of Morgan’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS). Since his arrival in 2016, he has successfully guided SCMNS into becoming one of the fastest growing schools at Morgan, surpassing several key university metrics and milestones. An accomplished academic and research chemist with more than 30 years of postsecondary education experience, Yu has amassed a distinguished career with a portfolio that includes facilitating innovative strategic and academic program growth, shared governance, research development and interdisciplinary research, as well as program and research-focused grant funding. A decorated and highly accomplished scholar and higher education administrator, Yu has cultivated a stellar record of advancing diversity within higher education and is a staunch advocate for diversity, and student and faculty success.

Prior to his tenure at Morgan, Yu served as faculty member and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Jackson State University. His department was previously ranked nationally among the top 50 chemistry departments, a distinction achieved by no other HBCU in the nation. He has received numerous recognitions for his commitment to diversity and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion among researchers, postdocs, doctoral candidates, and the advancement of faculty peers.

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