From the Office of President Katrina Rogers, PhD:
I am pleased to introduce Orlando Taylor, PhD, to the Fielding Graduate University community as our vice president for strategic initiatives and research. Taylor will be working with the president, provost, and other members of the University Leadership Team in expanding our funding resources for research, faculty-led projects, and student scholarship support.
These goals are part of fulfilling Fielding’s strategic plan around all our objectives: strategic objective #1 (strengthening academic quality and innovation), strategic objective #2 (ensuring financial sustainability), strategic objective #3 (creating an engaged student body) and strategic objective #4 (creating an engaged faculty).
Orlando L. Taylor is founding president of the Washington, DC, campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is also a senior fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Prior to these appointments, he served in several senior leadership positions at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Taylor has been a national leader for many years on issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion in higher education. He has been a particularly vigorous advocate and spokesperson on topics and issues relating to access and equity in higher education and to preparing the next generation of researchers, as well as faculty members, for the nation’s colleges and universities.
In addition, he has raised millions of dollars from federal agencies, foundations and philanthropists to support research, education and special initiatives that advance diversity in fields that impact directly upon the education, health and related needs of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. Currently, he is the principal investigator for a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) designed to advance women in the STEM fields into leadership positions at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities and at tribal colleges.
Taylor is the author of numerous publications within his discipline and in higher education, and is recognized by many as a national leader in graduate education. In addition, he is the past president of the Consortium of Social Science Association and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. He has served as a member of numerous national boards in higher education, including the Advisory Council for the Geosciences Directorate at NSF, the University Consortium for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, which he chaired. Currently, Taylor is a member of the Board of Trustees of Huston-Tillotson University and a member of the Research Council of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York.
Taylor received his PhD from the University of Michigan, and has been a recipient of that university’s distinguished alumni award. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University and a master’s degree from Indiana University. He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Purdue University, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, Hope College, DePauw University, Denison University and Southern Connecticut State University.