Norfolk State University recently observed the retirement of Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch after more than 40 years of service.
Dr. DeLoatch served in several positions to include educator, professor, founding chair of the Computer Science Department, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and as Acting President (August 23, 2013 to September 22, 2013).
In his statement to NSU faculty, President Eddie Moore said, “She has broken many barriers in the field of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics. Dr. DeLoatch has been an innovator, collaborator, champion and distinguished leader.
“Because of her love for Norfolk State, Dr. DeLoatch has been one of the University’s most charitable donors, having been inducted into the Lyman Beecher Brooks Society in March 2015 for giving more than $100,000 to our institution.”
According to Moore, DeLoatch achieved many “firsts” during her career including serving as the Principal Investigator for one of the first two research contracts ever awarded to an HBCU by the National Security Agency (NSA).
“Her pioneering efforts in information assurance and computer science laid the groundwork for NSU’s emerging prowess and success in Cybersecurity,” said Moore.
“Dr. DeLoatch has administered more than $50 million in external funding for computer science and mathematics research and educational projects from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA Langley Research Center, Department of Defense (National Security Agency), Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Education, Department of Energy and others. She has also authored research articles, textbooks, and technical reports.
“More importantly, Dr. DeLoatch has served as an educator and mentor to thousands of students who have attended Norfolk State.”
The retirement celebration for Dr. DeLoatch was held February 24, 2017, in Scott/Dozier Dining Hall.