FAMU Administrator Makes National Headlines

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

Everyone has a teacher or an administrator that made them take notice of the bigger picture in life.

At FAMU, one dean is so popular that even the Obama administration is taking notice.

It's not unusual to see a large group of students Dr. Chanta Haywood's office everyday. Haywood is the Dean of the school of graduate studies and research at FAMU, and one of the most popular administrators on campus. That's because she holds the future of these students in her hands---trying to make sure that every graduate student has a future outside of the school walls.

"I have the capacity to make a lot of things happen for students in the forums of fellowships---making sure they have access to opportunities so when they go out and come back and make an impact on the world, it's fulfilling," said Dr. Haywood.

The Camilla, Georgia native was just recently named to the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Board of Directors by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and was subsequently voted chairman of the board by fellow members. A high honor for a woman whose roots run deep through the big bend.

"I hope that the students who come through here are producing; producing knowledge, producing research, information, making changes to whatever industry they are in to make an impact."

But it's Dr. Haywood who's already making an impact. In addition to her kids at school, she has three kids of her own. That means every day is a challenge. But a in a good way.

"Every day you play with the hand you are dealt. It's very different."


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  • by Nick Location: Tallahassee on Jun 2, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    I had Dr. Haywood in 1998 when she was a professor at FSU, and I still to this remember how to critique an article. I even critique commercial and movies. I can say I "learned something" in her class. I did not sell one of my books. She is gonna be a college President or something big like that because she is amazing.
  • by Edwin Location: Tallahassee on May 20, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    Dr. Haywood is someone I have the honor and priviledge of getting to know. She has impacted and helped so many around her including myself personally. I also believe she has just began to tap into her incredible potential! I am forever grateful for the relationship!!!
  • by Pamela Location: Tallahassee, FL on May 18, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    Dr. Chanta Haywood is an amazing and inspirational person both professionally and personally. I am happy to know her. Congratulations and many more honors to come!
  • by Sherry Location: Athens on May 18, 2010 at 04:49 AM
    Congratulations Chanta. God is truly awesome and has blessed you abundantly.
  • by Kimberl Davis Location: Tallahassee on May 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM
    Dr. Haywood is an example of "Excellence with Caring" in action. KUDOS!!!
  • by Marla M Jones Location: McDonough, GA on May 15, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    Phenomenal educator! It’s great to see someone from humble beginnings make an impact on today’s society. Go Rattlers!! Great Job, Dr. Haywood!!
  • by Anthony Lumpkin Location: Indianapolis,In on May 15, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    Way to go coz! You do not know how very proud I am of you. God has touched you and you are doing just what you are supposed to do with that blessing---pass it on! Keep up the good work and as always I love you and the family.
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