Dr. Michael E. Orok has been named the new Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Tennessee State University. Orok is a longtime educator and university administrator with over 25 years of experience.

“I am honored to assume the position of Dean in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at this historically enriched institution of higher learning,” Orok said. “I plan to work with faculty colleagues and the administration to ensure that we utilize the tools and knowledge base of our various academic disciplines to promote sound intellectual dialogue and engagement in addition to sharpening the enterprise of academic inquiry through research, teaching and service.”

Dr. Orok attended Central State University (Ohio) where he holds a B.A. degree in Political Science. He received a M.A. in Management and Supervision (Public Administration) from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University).

He aided the Department of History and Political Science at Albany State University in Albany, Ga for several years as a professor and chair, and was the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala. prior to accepting his new position as Dean in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at TSU.

About Tennessee State University: Tennessee State University, a historically black university established June 19, 1912, is Nashville’s only urban and comprehensive public University, and middle Tennessee’s first public Carnegie doctoral/research institution. TSU oblige to its motto “Think, Work, Serve,” and serves more than 7,000 students.