Bowie State University President Calvin Lowe Announces Administration Changes

January 22, 2004

Bowie, Maryland – In early January, President Calvin W. Lowe announced administrative changes to his office. Dr. Eleanor A. Walker joined the President’s staff as a Special Assistant. She will also continue to serve as Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing and maintain  her role as the Health Coordinator of the Glenarden Apartments Nurse Managed Health Center. Walker will oversee the development and implementation of university policies. Dr. Walker received her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Gerontology from the Catholic University of America. She also earned a Diploma in Nursing from the E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Buffalo, New York.

Previously, Dr. Walker served as Chair of the Department of Nursing, where she maintained  continuous accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. She organized the University Family Nurse-Practitioner Program, the Nursing Honor Society, and the Nursing Alumni Association. Dr. Walker founded the School of Professional Studies and served  as Interim Dean. While serving as Interim Dean, a new undergraduate nursing program, and a nurse managed health center were established.

Dr. Granville M. Sawyer Jr. is a tenured Professor of Finance and will serve as Executive Assistant to the President at Bowie State University. Dr. Sawyer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, with Honors, from the University of Tennessee; a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and, a Ph.D. in Finance also from the University of Tennessee. Prior to his current position, Dr. Sawyer was the Executive Director of the Department of Labor funding initiative for Partnership Building in  Workforce Development at Johnson C. Smith University and a tenured Professor of Finance.

Dr. Sawyer was awarded a Nissan fellowship to the University of Chicago, and has taught at the University of Tennessee, Drexel University, Seton Hall University, the College of Insurance and Norfolk State University. Dr. Sawyer has consulted nationally and internationally in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, The New York Voice, the Virginia Pilot, affiliates of NBC, CBS and ABC, Cox Broadcasting, New Jersey Public Television, the New Journal and Guide, and Entrepreneur Magazine. He has been a speaker at numerous professional meetings, including the Kaufman Foundation Conference on Entrepreneurial Development, the National Association of Investment Companies and the President’s Conference on Small Business. He has been published in scholarly journals including the Journal of Financial Economics and the International Journal of Quality Science. Dr. Sawyer has served the community in many capacities including as a member and President of the South Orange-Maplewood, New Jersey Board of Education; a board member of the Hospital Center of Orange, New Jersey; a founding member of the Hampton Roads 100 Black Men and a member of the NAACP Executive Board in Charlotte North Carolina.

He has been married to his wife, Donna – an arts administrator -- for twenty- nine years. They have two daughters, Jacquelyn and Elizabeth.

Dr. Diane Krichmar, Assistant Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education was assigned to the president’s office where she will work on several university initiatives related to education and technology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, and a Ph.D. from UMBC in Language, Literacy and Culture. Dr. Krichmar combined her interests in technology, and the way social structure, socio-cultural assumptions, and language bear on communication systems in her dissertation: The meaning of an online health community in the lives of its members: Usability, sociability, and group dynamics She is the co-author of three book chapters. In 2001, she was selected as a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Summer Webshop and the Doctoral Consortium at the Annual CHI Conference.