Carolyn Branch Brooks

Board Member
Carolyn Branch Brooks

Dr. Carolyn Branch Brooks, a native of Richmond, Virginia, received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in biology from Tuskegee University and her doctorate in microbiology from the Ohio State University. She joined the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1981, rising through the academic and administrative ranks to become a full professor. She served as department chair, executive assistant to the president and chief of staff, research director of 1890 Land-Grant Programs and dean of the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. From 2007 until her retirement in 2016 she served as the executive director of the 1890 Research Directors, which is composed of the research administrators in the food and agricultural sciences at 19 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. She served as one of five regional executive directors of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources.

She was inducted into the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hall of Fame and Tuskegee University’s George Washingron Carver Public Service Hall of Fame; received the William A. Hinton Laureate Award from the American Society for Microbiology; the Excellence in Leadership Award from the APLU; was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women; was featured in “Distinguished African American Scientists of the 20th Century”; received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Maryland Association for Higher Education along with several UMES faculty awards for excellence and achievement; and is a recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Science and Technology from the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has published more than 50 journal papers, three book chapters and served on numerous national panels, councils, boards and task forces. She served as a consultant/research and academic program evaluator for universities in nine U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as South Africa, Costa Rica, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Tanzania and Malawi. Her funded research projects allowed her to conduct research in Egypt, Cameroon, Togo, Nigeria and Senegal.

Carolyn continues to assist HBCUs when called upon, and stays active with community volunteerism, as an officer in her chapter and for the Eastern Area of the Links Inc., as treasurer for both St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Center, and on councils and committees of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton. Her husband is Dr. Henry M. Brooks. They have four children, six grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

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