FAMU RCMI External Advisory Committee (EAC) Members

The External Advisory Committee (EAC) is composed of outstanding biomedical/behavioral scientists from industry, academia, and federal agencies recommended by past Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program advisory members, core leaders, pilot project investigators and research participants. The EAC will meet annually to provide continuous monitoring of the program to assure a high-quality, clearly focused effort on achievement of institutional stated goals for expanding its biomedical research capacity. The EAC continues to be very active in providing prompt resolution of problems, periodic evaluation of all research related activities, and recommends timely changes as needed for improved program performance. The EAC chairman sets the agenda for the annual meeting in conjunction to the PI. The EAC provide advice regarding program management, develop general policies, regularly monitor overall operations, prioritize needs, and identify collaborations and resources. The EAC monitors progress toward program goals, addresses problem areas, refinements and improvements. The Committee encourages faculty development; identify alternative resources, recommend institutionalized enhanced research capabilities in order for FAMU to maintain a productive, competitive research environment. The Committee oversees concept and application development and reviews grants applications prior to submission and makes recommendations throughout the submission process.

External Advisory Committee 2017-2018

William L. Dewey, Ph.D., Chairman
Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 

Philip C. Andrews, Ph.D.
Professor, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Bioinformatics
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Johnnie L. Early, II, Ph.D., RPh, FNPhA
Dean and Professor
The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Offiong Francis Ikpatt, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Andrew J. Link, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

Godfried Owusu-Ababio, Ph.D.
Director of Pharmaceutics
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
The Woodlands, TX

RCMI External Program Evaluator

The Program Evaluator of the program is John C. Higginbotham, Ph.D. He is Associate Dean for Research and Health Policy and Director, Institute for Rural Health Research and Professor and Chair, Department of Community and Rural Medicine, The University of Alabama, School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He serve as Program Evaluator from 2013-present.

As Program Evaluator, he is responsible overseeing the evaluation component, conduct an initial thorough needs assessment, develop evaluation plans, assess the appropriateness of specific aims, purpose, activity, procedures, define concrete milestones, goals impact, feasibility, and outcome. The EP management includes a steering component which includes all RCMI participants, the Executive Committees (EAC, IAC), researchers, collaborators and administrative staff all of which play an ongoing and active role in developing, engaging in, implementation of, evaluation and recommendations for processes subject to evaluation data collection and interpretation of results criteria.