Dr. Malcolm Portera
University of Alabama Systems, USA
Dr. Malcolm Portera, who has been chancellor for 10 years in University of Alabama System is a highly distinguished academic administrator and an inspirational figure, Dr. Malcolm Portera was responsible for helping in the development of several nationally recognised research and instructional programmes at the University of Alabama System. Before assuming his duties as Chancellor, he served as the 16th President of Mississippi State University from January 1998 to December 2001. He serves as on several corporate boards and economic development agencies, including those of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, the Metropolitan Development Board, Operation New Birmingham, the Alabama Technology Network, Alabama Workforce Investment Board, Southern Research Institute Inc., Mississippi Power Company, Furniture Brands International, Inc. and UAB Health System and Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., of Chapel Hill, N.C., among other positions. Dr. Portera holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Alabama. He received his bachelor's degree in general science in 1969 and a master's degree in political science in 1971 from Mississippi State University.