As Savannah State’s chief academic officer, Verret will be a member of the president’s leadership team and offer recommendations on educational policy and development of the university’s teaching, research and community service programs. He will also provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the university’s academic programs and related activities; ensure the integrity of its curriculum; and oversee all programs and personnel in the Division of Academic Affairs.
Verret comes to SSU from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., where he served as provost since 2007. In that role, he led the university’s efforts to build enrollment, enhance the quality of academic programs and create cooperative relationships with neighboring institutions and international partners. Notably, Verret enhanced engineering programs, promoted faculty scholarship, organized the School of Education at Wilkes and developed its Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, which provides sound scientific and policy analysis on energy issues facing northeastern Pennsylvania.
From 2002-2007, Verret served as dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP). At USP, he led the task force for review and revision of the university’s general education curriculum and helped to establish a bache- lor’s degree program i n humanities and science and mast e r ’ s degree program in public health. Verret also served on the faculty at Tulane University in New Orleans and was chairman of the chemistry department at Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta from 1996-2002.
A noted scientist who has published in the fields of biological chemistry and immunology, Verret earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Columbia University in New York and a doctorate in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Referenced