Bhuiyan named to vice president post


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (October 29, 2013) — Acting Tuskegee University President Dr. Matthew Jenkins has appointed Mohammad Bhuiyan as vice president for institutional advancement. He has oversights for development, capital campaign, alumni affairs, the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing; government affairs, economic and international affairs; and research and sponsored programs. He has authority to work with all units of the university to advance Tuskegee University.

Bhuiyan has been with the university since August 2012 and was previously the vice president for innovation and sustainable development. He is a tenured full professor of entrepreneurship in the Brimmer College of Business and Information Science at Tuskegee University. Bhuiyan also serves the Tuskegee University Foundation, which will help raise funds and enable innovation in support of Tuskegee University’s instructional, research and engagement mission.

“He is a result-oriented person and has a great passion for excellence,” Jenkins said of Bhuiyan in a statement. “… with his broad contacts and business savvy style, I feel he is the perfect fit for this position at this most critical time.”

Bhuiyan has more than 30 years of experience in corporate, academic, international organizations, and the non-profit sector.

Bhuiyan’s extensive academic administrative and faculty experience includes serving as a vice president and professor at Tuskegee University and an assistant dean, director, department head, endowed chair professor of entrepreneurship, and other positions at six other universities in the United States and abroad. He worked as a marketing executive and consultant for British American Tobacco, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Pfizer, the United Nations Development Program, and a number of other organizations and corporations.

Bhuiyan has an outstanding record of fundraising and effectively engaging business, academic, government, military, non-profit, and international organizations for the advancement of universities. Over the past 15 years, he has helped raise millions of dollars from corporations, foundations, individuals, businesses, government, and associations for universities and national educational and social programs. As a business school administrator and vice president, Bhuiyan has worked with two capital campaigns ($200 million and $250 million) at two universities.

As an ACE Fellow, Bhuiyan worked with Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Senior Vice Chancellor David Morgan at the University System of Georgia (USG). During the 10-month period at the USG, he had the opportunity to work with system administrators and staff members of finance, facilities, audits, legal, and government relations divisions. Bhuiyan attended all of the cabinet meetings, budget hearings, and other special meetings. He was also able to develop a very productive professional relationship with the system office administrators and the campus presidents.

Bhuiyan was the founding national director of a national Innovation and Entrepreneurship program that helped more than 40 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish entrepreneurship programs between 2000 and 2013. He also has provided leadership to the annual National Policy Forum on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Higher Education Conference that involves university system heads, chancellors, presidents, Fortune 500 CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, high-ranking military officers, and other national and international leaders. In addition, he offers training programs on leadership development, negotiations, and global business culture.

Bhuiyan worked diligently with 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, The Carter Center, The King Center, and a number of other individuals and organizations to bring the 2015 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to Atlanta.

Bhuiyan received his undergraduate degree in economics with honors from Dhaka University in 1980. He then went to the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore for the 1981-83 session and received a postgraduate diploma in management (marketing) in 1983. After working in industry and teaching at the Dhaka University Institute of Business Administration, he came to Georgia State University in 1986. He earned an MBA in marketing and international business from GSU in 1988. He studied at the University of Florida for four years, receiving a Ph.D. in 1993. His dissertation was on international trade.

His leadership skills have been refined by the training he received at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, Center for Creative Leadership, Stanford University, University of California-Berkley, MIT, Duke University, and the American Council on Education. He conducts many leadership programs for corporate executives, deans, and university presidents/chancellors.

Bhuiyan has been named to Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America. The City Council of Savannah proclaimed May 31, 1996 as “Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan Day.” He has served on local non-profit, civic, and economic development boards of directors including: American Heart Association; American Red Cross; Better Business Bureau; City of Savannah Human Resource Commission; Junior Achievement; Rotary Club of Savannah West; and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Bhuiyan has long-running experience in giving media interviews on economic and higher education issues. He has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC. He and his work have been featured in magazines as well as national and local newspapers including the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He hosted a biweekly live radio talk show, “International Business Hour,” for two years at Savannah State University’s campus radio station. He understands the importance of positive media relations and knows how to effectively develop them.

He has lived in, worked in, and traveled to over 40 countries on six continents. He works closely with many notable leaders around the globe. One of the biggest strengths that Bhuiyan possesses is his ability to effectively communicate and work with people from all professions, races, national origins, and ethnic backgrounds. Bhuiyan has worked with HBCUs for more than 25 years developing many successful programs specific to their unique needs.

Bhuiyan is a graduate of Leadership Georgia’s Class of 1996.

© 2013 Tuskegee University

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