ITTA BENA, Miss.— President Dr. Jerryl Briggs has announced Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden as Mississippi Valley State University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).
Briggs extended the offer to Golden earlier this week following an extensive national search. She will officially begin in her new role on Aug. 15.
“I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Golden as she serves in the capacity of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs,” said Briggs. “Dr. Golden brings with her in this new role a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a genuine love for MVSU. She is an asset to MVSU, and I am confident that she will be able to help us ensure the University’s continued success.”
As Provost/VPAA, Golden will serve as the institution’s chief academic officer, possessing broad responsibilities for articulating an academic vision, which includes providing high-level leadership to all academic areas, and administering and enhancing educational programs reflective of the University's mission.
As a member of the institution’s Executive and Extended Cabinets, Golden will also play an integral role in the overall management of the institution and will advise President Briggs on pertinent issues relating to the University, its governing board and various accrediting agencies.
Golden, who most recently served as the Director of International Programs and Special Assistant to the President’s Office at MVSU, said she is looking forward to meeting the opportunities and challenges that accompany the position.
“My experiences working with MVSU colleagues, students, alumni and friends of the University for almost 20 years will inform my approach to performing the duties and responsibilities associated with the position,” said Golden. “I am excited about and confident in my ability to make positive contributions to the University, and I am honored for having been selected for the position.”
Golden’s professional experience includes servings as MVSU’s Associate Vice President for Academic from 2014 to 2017, during which she oversaw the affirmation of three academic programs and helped to secure $3.35 million in external funding.
As the director of MVSU’s International Programs, Golden helped to develop MVSU’s International programs and increased the University’s international visibility through the solidification of partnerships in Nigeria, Kazakhstan and the Republic of Georgia with governmental agencies and educational institutions.
Golden served as the Iraq Public Health and Sanitation project coordinator for the Mississippi Consortium of International Development (2003-2005) and is the former director of the Delta Research and Cultural Institute (2001-2003).
Prior to that, she was the partnership coordinator and budget manager for the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation from 1998 to 2001.
Golden served as the director of the Faculty Research Fund and as an associate professor of Political Science at Morris Brown College from 1996 to 1998. She was chair/ assistant professor of Political Science and director of the International Relations graduate program at Morgan State University from 1993 to 1996.
Golden is the executive director of the National Conference of Black Political Scientist and is the director of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP).
She has more than 40 years of academic experience, has published numerous conference papers and scholarly articles and is the recipient of numerous national, state and international awards.
Golden received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science from Southern University (Baton Rouge) in 1974 and 1975, respectively. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 1987.