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Dr. Pamela Hammond

On November 13, 2014, Dr. Pamela V. Hammond was named as the Interim President of Virginia State University, a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) located in Chesterfield County, Virginia. 

Dr. Pamela V. Hammond was appointed Provost of Hampton University on July 15, 2009. As the Chief Academic Officer, she was responsible for the implementation of actions relating to educational policies and academic appointees for approximately 5,000 students and 370 faculty. 

In her role as Provost of Hampton University, Dr. Hammond played an integral role in the transformation of academic affairs including the creation of a new faculty mentorship program and the establishment of a new online educational enterprise, Hampton U Online. In addition, Dr. Hammond guided the implementation of new academic programs including four doctoral programs (Business Administration, Educational Management, Nursing Practice, Counseling Education and Supervision), four master's degree programs (Health Care Administration, Information Assurance, Sport Management, Psychology), three baccalaureate programs (Criminal Justice – online, International Studies, Liberal Studies), and one associate's degree program (Aviation).

Dr. Hammond served as the dean of the School of Nursing prior to being appointed Provost. As dean, Dr. Hammond increased student enrollment by 60% and assumed major responsibilities for the research, development, and grantsmanship activities that directly impacted faculty productivity. She is an astute fundraiser and was involved in securing over $12 million for the School of Nursing. In 1999, through Dr. Hammond's efforts, Hampton University implemented the first PhD program in nursing at a historically black college or university, resulting in an increase in the numbers of doctorally prepared racial and ethnic minority nurses. The PhD program received national recognition and was funded through awards from the Department of Health and Human Services, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Other academic initiatives that were established and externally funded while Dr. Hammond was dean include: the RN to BS Educational Mobility, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Hammond ensured that programs were established to support those students who were admitted and needed additional assistance for success. Those programs were Hampton University Pre-Entry and Post Enrollment Programs, Nursing's Ultimate Recruitment Strategies for Success, Student-Centered Learning Communities, Hampton University Strategies to Achieve Retention of Students, and Hampton University Capacity-Building and Retention Strategies Project.

While in the role of dean, Dr. Hammond also served as the Administrator for the Hampton University Nursing Center where she directed health care services that were provided in a fixed facility and a mobile van for indigent and homeless clients. As dean, she was responsible for controlling, budgeting, organizing, researching, publishing, planning, fundraising and directing activities related to the pursuit of baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees in nursing. Prior to becoming dean at Hampton University, she served as chairperson, assistant dean, and research associate. In addition, she was promoted through the ranks from instructor to tenured full, professor.

As a result of her commitment to teaching, Dr. Hammond has been appointed as a faculty member at Coppin State University (Maryland), Norfolk State University (Virginia) and Christopher Newport University (Virginia). She has also served as a consultant to Tuskegee University, Fayetteville State University, Bowie State University, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina A & T University, Bethune-Cookman University, North Carolina Central University, Norfolk State University, Coppin State University, and Delaware State University. She has multiple publications on a variety of topics, including research, health disparities, doctoral education, recruitment and retention of minority students, and child abuse and neglect. Dr. Hammond is frequently asked to speak on a variety of topics including education, health care, and administration.

In 1996, Dr. Hammond took a leave of absence to serve as the Executive Director of the National League for Nursing, Center for Nursing Education and Practice in New York City. She was directly responsible for serving approximately 2,000 schools of nursing and 10,000 interdisciplinary individual members. The programs that she administered included four educational councils, three practice councils, the NLN Press, and the Assessment and Evaluation Division that developed and distributed over 70 standardized examinations for an international market. In this position, she also served as a curriculum consultant to educators throughout the U.S. and collaborated with educators from Spain, China, Japan, Africa and Australia.

A competent administrator, Dr. Hammond's administrative success has also been demonstrated outside of the walls of academe. In her capacity as Associate Administrator for Newport News General Hospital (Newport News Virginia), one of six remaining traditional and historical Black community hospitals at that time, she was responsible for all patient care services including inpatient units, outpatient services, operating suite, emergency department, purchasing department, and central supply. As the Associate Administrator, she utilized the Commonwealth's Certificate of Need and other regulatory processes to successfully develop and implement the Hospital's first Home Health Agency, Pediatric Unit, Outpatient Dialysis Unit, Sick Child Day Care Center, and a Psychiatric Unit. Each of these actions helped increase the accessibility of health care services to the underserved and previously unserved populations of inner city East End Newport News, Virginia, resulting in a boost in revenues that maintained the Hospital's solvency for several years. Dr. Hammond was a strategic member of the Board Appointed Select Committee on Resolving Newport News General Hospital's Financial Crisis.

As an educator and administrator, Dr. Hammond has held a variety of leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Her most notable appointments include the Advisory Council for the Center for Scientific Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health, National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Information Partnership, Virginia Board of Nursing, and the Advisory Council on the Future of Nursing in Virginia. Currently, Dr. Hammond serves on the following boards and entities: National Institute of Aerospace Board of Directors (chair), Virginia Space Grant Consortium Board of Directors, the New American Colleges and Universities Consortium, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, Inc., Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Board of Trustees, the Advisory Board for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Project Success, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation reviewer and is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the acclaimed American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education.

A passionate leader and educator, Dr. Hammond has received numerous accolades through awards and recognitions from a variety of organizations. She recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award, the 2012 Drum Major for Service award from the Corporation for National and Community Service with a letter signed by President Barack Obama. Dr. Hammond is also a recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities; Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Higher Education from Bethune Cookman College; a Certificate of Recognition for service to the Faculty and Community Enhancement (FACE) Project sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation; the Dissertation Excellence Award from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty; an Outstanding Community Service Award from the Newport News Business Alumni Association; and a Certificate of Commendation for Sustained Superior Performance presented by the United States Navy. She has also received special recognitions from the faculty and students from Hampton University's School of Business and the School of Nursing for her superior support of academic programs and student outcomes.

Dr. Hammond earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1992 from Old Dominion University in Urban Services with a concentration in Educational Leadership. She also earned the Master of Science degree in maternal-child health and nursing education from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Tuskegee University. Dr. Hammond has broadened her educational background and sharpened her leadership skills remarkably over the years through a variety of meaningful mentorships with some of the top administrators in higher education. In addition to her formal education, Dr. Hammond has completed additional professional development through the Harvard Institute for Educational Management; the Millennium Leadership Initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; the Academic Leadership Institute sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Glaxo-Welcome and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Durham, North Carolina); and the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Project sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. She currently plans and implements the annual William R. Harvey Executive Leadership Summit at Hampton University. Further, she has participated in both online and on-site workshops and seminars as well as other personal and professional development opportunities.

Believing that the combination of her unique professional, academic, and career experiences had prepared her well, she accepted the position of Provost at Hampton University with much enthusiasm. Through all of her accomplishments, she has remained single-minded in her desire to keep as her highest priority the education and well-being of students as well as the health and welfare of underserved, and abused and neglected individuals.

Dr. Hammond is married to Gary John Hammond and is the proud mother of two: Dr. Jason W. Hammond (Dr. Camille C. Hammond) and Dr. Alexis S. Hammond - both of Baltimore, Maryland. She has triplet grandchildren: Aaron, Kai and Simone.

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