Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch Vice Chair
Sandra J. DeLoatch, Ph.D. Biographical Sketch Sandra Jean DeLoatch received a B.S. degree in mathematics (Magna Cum Laude) from Howard University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned graduate degrees in mathematics and computer science and attended University of Michigan (M.A.), Indiana University (Ph.D.), and The College of William and Mary (M.S.). She was responsible for initiating the Computer Science Program at Norfolk State University (NSU) and served as the first Computer Science Department Chair. She was appointed Dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET) in 2000.Under her leadership efforts were made to establish the College as a science and technology powerhouse.As the University’s chief academic officer, Dr. DeLoatch is developing and implementing programs to advance the academic enterprise and improve student success.
Dr. DeLoatch has effectively administered over $50M in external funding for research and educational projects from agencies such as the Department of Energy (DoE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, NASA Langley Research Center, Department of Defense, and Army Corps of Engineers. She was awarded funding from DoE to establish a Massie Chair of Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Security at NSU, a position she holds. In addition, she is currently leading several funded projects that focus on advancing the participation of minorities and women in Science, Technology, Engineering (STEM) disciplines. She has authored mathematics textbooks and computer science research articles, and technical reports.
Her awards include: 2015 12th Player Award from NSU Spartans; NAACP (Norfolk Branch) – 2013 Trailblazer Award (in deep appreciation of tireless service to the community and NAACP); Recognition as one of 12 “Famous Formers” featured in the 2012 100th Anniversary Calendar for the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast; YWCA 2011 Woman of Distinction Award in Science and Technology; Girl Scout Thanks Badge (2011) for service so significantly beyond expectations that no other award is appropriate; Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast (GSCCC) 2010 Dorothy Barber Lifetime Achievement Award; 2010 Information Technology Executive Ivory Dome Achievement Award; Virginia Association of Educational Office Professionals 2009 Administrator of the Year; International Association of Administrative Professionals (Tidewater Chapter) 2007 Executive of the Year; Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast (GSCCC) Woman of Distinction Award (2003); NSU 2001 Administrator of the Year; NTA 2000 Technical Achiever of the Year; and NSU’s 1983 Teacher of the Year. Through her efforts NSU’s CSET was awarded the Urban League Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award (2005).
In recognition of her substantial contributions to STEM initiatives and appreciation for her service as Chair of the Board of GSCCC, the Council created a new patch in 2011 that girl scouts can earn called “Exploring STEM Honoring Dr. Sandra DeLoatch.” Dr. DeLoatch is Vice Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Suffolk, VA. She is a life member of the Girl Scouts and former Chair of the Board for GSCCC. She is a former member (9 years) and secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Old Dominion University Research Foundation. Dr. DeLoatch serves on the Broad Creek Digital Inclusion Advisory Board.