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Dean of The College

Jacquelyn Madry-Taylor, Ed.D.

Dr. Jacquelyn Y. Madry-Taylor began serving as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts, Science, Business and Education at Winston-Salem State University in April, 2021. She previously served as Interim Dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science at Bluefield State College and as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wheeling Jesuit University, all three positions in which she was placed by The Registry that is a premier national Interim Placement organization for higher education executives. From 2013 to 2018, she served as a senior consultant for Sterling Heritage Corporation at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Acquisition Academy in Frederick, Maryland. Prior to that time, she held the position of Chief Research Officer at UNCF Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP) where she was also Senior Advisor for Research and Program Development. Dr. Madry-Taylor came to UNCFSP after spending a year in Palmdale, California as the Project Administrator for NASA’s multi-million dollars University Research Centers Project. 

Dr. Madry-Taylor also has held the positions of Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.  In the historical document of Bridgewater State University, The Quest for Equality 1840-2015, Dr. Madry-Taylor is stated to be the first African-American to be appointed to a senior administrative position at the University. Before going to Bridgewater State University, she had served as Chief Academic Officer for all campuses of Northern Virginia Community College where she was the first African American Chief Academic Officer at a predominantly white institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Her first higher education appointment was Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morris Brown College, a position she attained immediately upon completion of the Doctorate degree. She has also served as Director of the Kellogg Foundation- funded Academic Leadership Academy at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Director of Program Services at the United Negro College Fund, and Director of Federal Grants and Programs at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Further, Dr. Madry-Taylor held the rank of Professor of Education while serving in an administrative capacity at the respective campuses, and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate school levels.

She has chaired accreditation Committees for both the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools and for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; served on review panels for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and was recognized as a national expert in higher education for an investigative review team appointed by the Georgia Board of Regents.

She was a founding member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s state planning committee and a State Coordinator of Virginia’s National Identification Program for the advancement of women in higher education, now called the Virginia Network of the American Council on Education. This national network was developed out of the Office of Women at the American Council on Education to which Dr. Madry-Taylor was an advisor.

Dr. Madry-Taylor was appointed by the Honorable Mark Warner (D-VA) to the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors (2002-2006) and to the Council for a New Economy Workforce that was an arm of the Southern Growth Policies Board (2003 to 2011). She also was appointed by the Honorable Timothy Kaine (D-VA) to the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia (2006 to 2011).

Dr. Madry-Taylor has received numerous awards for her leadership in the field of higher education and recognition for her program development, management and leadership abilities.

She is listed in numerous Who’s Who publications. As a member of the Reston Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, she served as Vice President for Programs, served from 2010-2014 as national Co-Chair of The Links, Incorporated HBCU Committee and currently serves as National Chair of the Links, Incorporated HBCU Committee. She and Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy served as co-project directors (on a volunteer basis) for The Links, Incorporated HBCU-Community College Initiative, a project which they wrote and which was funded by The Lumina Foundation and USA Funds (now Strada). Dr. Madry-Taylor is also a member of Lambda Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Phi Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Soroptimist International for which she previously served as Vice President of the Boston Chapter.

She received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Foreign Languages from Fisk University, a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Language Education from The Ohio State University, and the Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. In addition, Dr. Madry-Taylor received a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

At the University of Florida, her research and lectures focused on competencies needed for teaching in multicultural classrooms and throughout her career, she has been involved in numerous national initiatives that address educational leadership and the achievement of underrepresented groups in higher education and the workforce.