Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden was recently appointed as the associate vice president of academic affairs at Mississippi Valley State University. A seasoned higher education professional, Golden possesses expertise in human resource management, academic programming, fiscal affairs, strategic planning and policy development. Most recently, she has served as a professor of political science and director of international programs at MVSU. Previously, she was the director of the Delta Research and Cultural Institute. She served as partnership coordinator and budget manager for The International Development Partnerships Activity at the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation from 1998-2001 and held administrative positions at Morris Brown College, Morgan State University and Southern University. Golden has also been on the faculty of political science at Clark Atlanta University, University of Colorado, Texas Tech University, Arkansas State University and University of Kentucky.
Golden earned a bachelor of arts in political science and master of arts in social science from Southern University and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kentucky. From 1988-1990, she was a chancellor’s post-graduate fellow at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a scholar in residence-New York University. She received Fulbright Study Abroad and lecturer/research awards, National Endowment for the Humanities and Lily Foundation grants for curriculum development, as well as grants for study and research in China, Russia, Poland, and Hungary. She has received numerous leadership and service awards and honors.
Golden has directed USAID sponsored higher education partnership programs in Liberia, Mauritania, Azerbaijan and Iraq. She is a past president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and currently serves as executive director and director of the Graduate Assistantship Program, and holds numerous positions in other professional associations.
Also, Dr. Constance Bland has been appointed vice president of academic affairs. A native of Friars Point, she brings over 30 years of experience in higher education to her new role. Bland began her career as an instructor of mathematics and computer science at Coahoma Junior College. In 1991, she began her tenure at MVSU, and she was appointed as chair of the Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences Department in 1999.
Bland holds an associate’s degree in mathematics from Coahoma Junior College. She received a bachelor of arts in mathematics, bachelor of science in computer science, master’s degree in computer science and doctoral degree in computer engineering from the University of Mississippi.
An accomplished researcher, Bland has authored and co-authored several publications, including: Using Alice to Decrease Attrition in CS1, Road Map for Teaching Introductory Programming Using LEGO Mindstorms Robots, Java Resources for Computer Science Instruction and Distance Education: What is appropriate, What is not and Agents, Profiles, Learning Styles and Tutors.
She is married to Edgar Bland Jr. The couple has two daughters, Amanda and Hillary, and one grandson, Taylan.