Dr. James E. Mackin
Provost, Abu Dhabi University
Dr. James E. Mackin received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Michigan in 1977 and 1979, respectively. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1983. He became Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1984. In 1989 he was promoted to Associate Professor of Marine Sciences and was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook. In 1993 Dr. Mackin was appointed the faculty director of the Environmental Studies Living Learning Center at Stony Brook. He was appointed to the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Stony Brook in 1997.
In July of 1998, Dr. Mackin was selected for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stillman College, a private Liberal Arts College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He held this position until October of 2000, when he was named Dean of University College and Special Assistant to the President for Educational and Academic Development at Prairie View A&M University. In his capacity as Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Mackin led the establishment of many new diversity programs under the Texas Commitment to Prairie View A&M University OCR Priority Plan. In July of 2003, Dr. Mackin moved on to become the Associate Provost at Clayton College & State University, and in July of 2005, Dr. Mackin was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bloomsburg University. Dr. Mackin led Clayton State University through a successful reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and led Bloomsburg University through a successful reaccreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In September of 2009, Dr. Mackin was named Provost at Abu Dhabi University.