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External Advisory Board

The Mission of the Board of Advisors is to promote continued excellence in the Department of Chemistry and Physics' teaching, research and development programs.

The Board of Advisors will...

  • provide guidance and counsel, in relevant matters, to the Department Head, faculty and students
  • review the programs of the Department and recommend areas of opportunity
  • influence the Department, University, State, and Nation by assisting the Department Chair in creating excellence in teaching, research, and service programs
  • provide advice and recommendations to the Department in developing professionals for industry, government, and academia
  • serve as a liaison between the Department, industry, government and the community at large
  • assist in fund-raising efforts for the department
  • motivate students and develop employment opportunities through association with board members

Members of the Board of Advisors are leading scientists from a variety of industries, and many are Fayetteville State University and Department of Chemistry and Physics alumni.

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Members of the Board of Advisors

Dr. Assad A. Tavakoli

Dr. Assad A. Tavakoli, the W. T. Brown Distinguished Professor of Economics in the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Fayetteville State University (FSU), has served as the Dean of the School of Business and Economics between 2007 and 2015. Since joining FSU as an Assistant Professor in 1983, Dr. Tavakoli has made numerous contributions to the School. He guided the efforts of the FSU School of Business to obtain its initial accreditation and reaffirmation with the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only one-third of schools of business in the world are so accredited. One of his most significant contributions was his leadership of the MBA degree program for which he served as director for 20 years, 1987-2007. He was instrumental in the program's launch and progression that have resulted in the MBA program being recognized in recent years as one of the top 100 online programs in the nation and in the top 5 in North Carolina. The School of Business under his leadership was recently ranked by the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) as 58th in the country. Under Dr. Tavakoli's leadership, the School has significantly increased both fundraising and externally funded research. In addition, he is a well-recognized scholar who has published 36 articles in international and national refereed journals and proceedings in business.

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Dr. Phillips

Dr. Brandon N. Phillips specializes in retina care and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Phillips completed his undergraduate work in Chemistry at Fayetteville State University before going on to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed both his internship and residency at Walter Reed Medical Facility. Dr. Phillips maintains membership with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

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