The University of Maine at Fort Kent has named Dr. Robert M. Dixon of Atlanta, Georgia, as interim vice-president for academic affairs. Dr. Dixon began his appointment on January 6.
Dr. Dixon has more than four decades of experience in management, research, and teaching. He has served as a provost, vice president, dean, department chair, and professor, and as a director of a private sector engineering firm.
His extensive administrative experiences in education and business have given him insight into the major problems, and significant differences encountered in managing academic and business organizations. He has maintained an active interest and involvement in the field of teacher education through his consulting work with various public school systems in different parts of the country.
Dr. Dixon has engaged actively in research on nuclear reactions, and he has taught both undergraduate and graduate level physics courses in a number of colleges and universities. His research on nuclear reactions has primarily been in many-body scattering theory, and has centered on the use of connected kernel equations in the analysis of nuclear reactions. Dr. Dixon also is proficient in the field of applied mathematics.
Prior to his appointment at UMFK, Dr. Dixon held the position of interim dean of academic affairs at Medgar Evers College in New York City; the dean of the School of Science at Hampton University in Virginia; and as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Grambling University in Louisiana. Dr. Dixon also has been a professor, department chair and administrator at colleges and universities across the country for nearly 50 years.
Dr. Dixon received a doctoral degree in theoretical nuclear physics at the University of Maryland; a master's degree in nuclear physics at Rutgers University in New Jersey; and earned a bachelor's degree with physics and mathematics – with high honors – from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Dixon's appointment is expected to run through the 2014-2015 academic year, while the University conducts a nationwide search for a permanent vice president for academic affairs.