A Message from the President

May 22, 2020


Dr. Carl Goodman Appointed as New Provost & VP for Academic Affairs


I am pleased to announce that Bowie State University has selected Dr. Carl Goodman as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs beginning July 6, 2020. Dr. Goodman brings a wealth of experience in teaching, research and innovation to help bridge learning environments and advance the Racing to Excellence vision for Bowie State University.

“I am truly delighted to be a part of Bowie State University with the outstanding faculty and students,” he said. “My vision is to create a learning-centered environment where students are receiving an exceptional experience.”

Dr. Goodman comes to Bowie State from Florida A&M University (FAMU), where he served as associate provost for academic affairs and student services. He was responsible for assuring the quality of academic programs and curricula reviews, self-study reports and specialized accreditation activities of the 13 colleges and schools. An effective champion of student success, he made remarkable achievements to enhance the undergraduate education and student success areas, improving FAMU’s six-year graduation rate by nearly 15 percent in four years, retention rates and the reduction of excess credit hours. He accomplished those outcomes by implementing the university’s first Early Alert System and a Finish in Four Program to improve the four-year graduation rates.

Prior to that appointment, Dr. Goodman enjoyed more than 20 years of a distinguished career in teaching, research, and service in FAMU’s flagship program, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As assistant dean for Research and Graduate Studies and as the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division Director, he restructured a vibrant graduate program through faculty development and key hires, student recruitment, as well as developed a new Bachelor of Science program in the pharmaceutical sciences. Dr. Goodman has a strong track record as an effective fundraiser, generating more than $39 million in research and student training grants to strengthen FAMU’s research capacity and infrastructure.

Dr. Goodman has extensive experience as a researcher on grant-funded programs and is passionate about providing research opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. As co-principal investigator for the FAMU Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program, he directed a $14.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institution for Minority Health and Health Disparity. He has co-authored or authored more than 39 peer-reviewed articles. His research interest includes the molecular and cellular basis of opioid tolerance and addiction.

Dr. Goodman holds a doctoral degree in pharmacology/toxicology from Florida A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Jacksonville University. He was a postdoctoral NIH fellow at the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

I want to thank Dr. Judith Kirkpatrick for her many contributions to the Division of Academic Affairs and Bowie State during this leadership transition. She will continue in this critical time to address the close out of the academic year and planning for the fall semester.

I also extend my appreciation to the members of the search committee, led by Dr. Brian Clemmons, for their hard work and dedication during the search process.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Goodman to Bowie State University.