Tuesday, July 02, 2013
This year at the 18th annual National Sponsored Programs Administrators Alliance-Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NSPAA-HBCUs) Conference, June 4-7, 3013, Elbert R. Malone, assistant vice president for Sponsored Programs at SC State University was elected as the organization’s president. As president, Malone will lead the organization and continue its commitment of sharing information among members that encourages best practices, upcoming research initiatives, along with professional development opportunities. Malone’s first order of business is to enhance the synergy and energy within the HBCU communities that would help foster relationships among these institutions.
“I am delighted that my colleagues recognized my leadership abilities and integrity to serve as president of this national organization. It proffers me an opportunity to advance the organization to the highest level possible, while carrying out its mission of addressing research and sponsored programs related issues for the HBCUs across this nation,” said Malone.
Malone believes that by working together, we can solve many of the big challenges facing our nation, particularly as it relates to research and sponsored programs matters. In addition, he believes that if we are to take control of our economic future, we must be inspired, engaged and united.
As the interim president for the past year, Malone was excited about the challenge to lead NSPAA. His first goal was to have a successful 2013 annual conference. He accomplished that goal with over 125 attendees, exceptional keynote speakers, and informative presenters, which proved to be a great success. In attendance were government officials, college presidents, administrators and sponsored programs administrators along with other stakeholders that are interested in assisting colleges and universities to maximize their institutional potential to build a successful research and sponsored program enterprise.
NSPAA of HBCUs, Inc. was established in December 1993 with the mission to aid HBCUs in the efficiency and effectiveness of sponsored program administration. The organization provides technical assistance workshops, conferences, training and service activities, which have formed a collaborative sponsored research community of HBCUs that address and share particular needs facing HBCUs. A main goal of NSPAA is to gain visibility and broaden its membership base within the HBCU sponsored research community.
NSPAA recognizes the vital role that research administrators play in helping institutions of higher education secure external funding. It provides guidance and assistance to faculty and staff on current and upcoming opportunities. Membership is open to all individuals at HBCUs and new members are always welcome.