Michael E. Orok, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael E. Orok, a nationally recognized academician and public administrator, brings 26 years of experience in higher education, community development, research, program development and analysis and institutional effectiveness and accreditation fields experience to the Orok Consulting Group, LLC. Since 2006, he has been employed at Alabama A & M University in Huntsville, Alabama, serving as associate provost for academic affairs and interim dean of the school of graduate studies, and provided administrative oversight for academic program review. He has been instrumental in developing new graduate academic programs and managing including twenty two masters and four doctoral degree programs. Since 2003, he served as the accreditation liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)/ Commission on Colleges (COC), along with serving as program reviewer. He currently serves as tenured professor of political science and director of international programs wherein he is responsible for developing and managing all international programs at the university including, study abroad programs, international collaborations and faculty and student exchanged among others. He also serves as Principal Designated Official (PDSO) and the Responsible Official (RO) for the approval and recommendation of students and researchers for the F-1 and J-1 visas respectively.
Prior to his appointment at Alabama A & M University, he served for fifteen years at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia as a tenured Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Chairman of the Department of History, Political Science and Public Administration and the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for Accreditation.
During his tenure at Albany State University, he co-founded the ASU-Community Development Corporation; established peer reviewed journals; worked with colleagues to win $1million in HUD grants; established the protocol for institutional effectiveness for SACS/COC accreditation and managed the process of ensuring that the master’s program in public administration at the university was accredited by the Commission for Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). In 2005, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities selected Dr. Orok as one of 100 scholars/researchers to conduct a nationwide Graduation Rate Outcome Study. At Alabama A & M University, he has developed new academic programs, conducted academic program review on all degree programs at the institution, compiled and published the report as a planning document and assists the Alabama Commission on Higher Education in collecting data on graduate programs. He has assisted in guiding over 300 masters and doctoral research papers and is currently developing a research instrument to collect data to be used in determining the focus and relevance of international programs and related initiatives at Alabama A & M university.
He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Community Engagement. He has presented academic papers at many national conferences and published many professional articles and book chapters. Dr. Orok has been involved in numerous public service and professional activities including previous membership on the Commission of Peer Review and Accreditation, Founding President of the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, Founding President of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Albany, Georgia Chapter. Orok serves as president of the Rho Eta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He also holds membership in the American Society for Public Administration; the Association of International Educators; National Association of Schools of Public Administration (NASPAA). He served on the payroll development authority in Albany, Georgia and was responsible for producing a feasibility study that provided the data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to award millions of dollars to the City of Albany for low and moderate income housing after the flood of 1994.
He is a native of Nigeria and a naturalized American citizen. He received his B.A. (Cum Laude) degree in Political Science from Central State University (OH), the M.A. degree in Public Administration (Management and Supervision) from Central Michigan University and the Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Atlanta University (Now Clark Atlanta). Orok’s post-doctorate studies include the Millennium Leadership Institute of the American Association of State Colleges and University (AASCU); the Center for Creative Leadership; the recipient of the key to the City of Columbus, Georgia; the Sweeney Award from ICMA, the Hall of Champions award from ASPA, the ASU University President’s Award and was selected as the teacher of the year at Albany State University among others.
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