American Graduate Champion Stories
Dr. Sandra DeLoatch
Dr. DeLoatch has dedicated her life, personal and professional, to helping young people succeed academically and civically. She has always been forward thinking in terms of educational practices. When I first came to NSU in 1989, Dr. DeLoatch had spearheaded the implementation of a tutoring lab for the mathematics courses at NSU. This eventually led to the development of a mathematics reinforcement lab. She went on to chair the Department of Computer Science and eventually became the Dean (for the then School of Science and Technology).
As the Dean her focus was student centered -student success for NSU students and the development of outreach programs designed to get more underserved students in the STEM pipeline. Because of her innovations, the School of Science and Technology eventually became the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Among other grants, she was the PI and Co-PI for four major grants that continue to impact student success in academics. Those grants were STARS, STARS Plus, Graduation Academy and Science and Technology Grant for Outreach from the State of Virginia.
While managing varied student centered projects in her professional life she managed to incorporate her belief in the success of young people into her personal life, Dr. DeLoatch is a lifetime Girl Scout and former Board Chair of the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast. She was honored for her efforts with youth by the Girls Scouts organization naming the Dr. Sandra DeLoatch Science,Technology, Engineering, Mathematics badge. She is an exceptional visionary dedicated to the youth of the Nation, especially the youth of Virginia.