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Dr. Zhabiz Golkar Named Jessie Dorsey Endowed Chair Professor at Voorhees University 

Denmark, SC, – Voorhees University proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Zhabiz Golkar as the Jessie Dorsey Endowed Chair Professor, a prestigious recognition bestowed upon her during the Commencement ceremony on May 4, 2024, by President Hopkins. This appointment, effective July 1, underscores Dr. Golkar’s continuing scholarly achievements and distinction.

In her new role, Dr. Golkar will provide leadership to advance the quality and stature of research and development at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her efforts will significantly contribute to the university’s mission of integrating science and technology to advance knowledge and prepare the next generation of science and technology leaders.

As the Jessie Dorsey Endowed Chair Professor, Dr. Golkar will establish the “Center of Excellence for Research and Program Innovation” at Voorhees University. This center will generate internal and external funding to finance innovative programmatic research and development partnerships and initiatives within and beyond Voorhees University.

Dr. Golkar will collaborate closely with faculty and students on research scholarships and graduate education. She will foster an environment conducive to grantsmanship, facilitate post-award execution, and provide professional development and mentorship opportunities in research for junior faculty. Additionally, she aims to integrate research within academic affairs, leverage the university’s research expertise to grow its research infrastructure and capacity, and support program enhancement in partnership with various university stakeholders.

Dr. Golkar currently serves as a tenured professor of Biology and the Dean of the School of Science, Technology, Health, and Human Services at Voorhees University. She is an active member of several prestigious organizations, including the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy, the American Society for Microbiology, and the National Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Golkar was distinguished as an educator of excellence by the South Carolina Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017.

Among her extensive training includes advanced studies in “Genetics and Genomics” at the School of Medicine, Stanford University, “Bioethics” at Georgetown University, and most recently, “Strategies in AI” from the University of Oxford.

Voorhees University is honored to have Dr. Zhabiz Golkar in this esteemed position and looks forward to the significant contributions she will continue to make in advancing research, education, and innovation.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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