Dr. Roberta Troy, a Tuskegee University faculty member and two-time graduate, has been appointed as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Troy succeeds Dr. Tejinder Sara, who served as provost since July 2017 and recently returned to retirement.
As provost, Troy will serve as the university’s chief academic officer and represent the university when the president is unavailable. The provost oversees all academic colleges and schools, graduate studies, research, libraries, distance education, institutional effectiveness, the Registrar’s Office, and the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare. She reports to the president, serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, and leads the Council of Deans.
A faculty member since 1999, Troy is the founding director of the Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education. She has served previously as Tuskegee’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, as well as assistant provost for undergraduate studies, and chair of the Faculty Senate. Prior to her appointment to the Tuskegee faculty, she was an associate professor of biology at Lincoln University.
In addition to her administrative role leading the Department of Biology, Troy has been involved heavily in the university’s 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation process by its regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. In addition to serving as a member of the university’s Reaffirmation Leadership Team, Troy continues to serve as director and one of the chief architects of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
“Dr. Troy’s intimate knowledge of our QEP — not to mention the full scope of our academic enterprise resulting from her involvement in our SACSCOC reaccreditation process — will serve Tuskegee well,” said President Lily D. McNair. “I welcome the wise counsel and experienced guidance she will provide our deans, department heads and other academic administrators during her tenure as interim provost.”
Troy’s research focus for nearly two decades has been on examining the chemo-preventive and chemotherapeutic effects of natural products on breast and cervical cancer in African-American women. She earned bachelor and master’s degrees in biology from Tuskegee in 1977 and 1980, respectively. She later completed a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Florida, where she was a McKnight Pre-doctoral Fellow. Subsequently, she continued her training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular virology.
McNair noted that Troy was scheduled to retire at the end of the summer semester, but delayed her retirement to accept this temporary appointment. As a result, the university anticipates beginning a national search to fill the provost vacancy in September, with the successful candidate for the position beginning his or her tenure in the early spring.