University at Buffalo The State University of New York

Letitia Thomas

Posted by Marketing & Communications on February 19, 2016 in Academic Affairs Staff

I write to inform you that as of March 14th, Letitia Thomas, PhD, Assistant Vice Provost of Cora P. Maloney College (CPMC), will be taking a new position working with STEM diversity programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Letitia has been with CPMC since 1993, where she has been the Advising Administrator for the Access to College Excellence program, the Daniel Acker Scholarship Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). She has been the Principal Investigator on a series of important NSF grants, as well as taught courses in Social Justice and Public Service. Throughout her career, Letitia has worked tirelessly to increase access and opportunity for underrepresented, first generation and low income students, and has been especially successful mentoring students in the STEM fields, work for which she has received national recognition from organizations such as NACADA and the Western New York Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. In 2011, she received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Letitia’s wealth of experience and advocacy for minority STEM students is what led to her being recruited into SEAS, where she will oversee efforts to diversify the school by working to increase equity and inclusion in student and faculty recruitment through pipeline programs and liaison with the UB STEM Collaborative. In addition, Letitia will continue her work with LSAMP, serve as a resource for grant writing and STEM outreach, and continue to use her network of state and national contacts to provide greater paths to success for minority participation in STEM.

This is a wonderful new direction for SEAS and a fantastic opportunity for UB show proactive leadership in this important area of national need. Letitia is the perfect fit for this position, and while she will be much missed in CPMC and by all those who have worked closely with her, we look forward to continuing our collaborations with her in her new role. Please join me in congratulating Letitia on this exciting new job.

All the best,

Andy Stott