Camellia Moses Okpodu, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Camellia Moses Okpodu is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana and the Endowed Chair of Science for the State of Louisiana. She has a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology and a minor in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). She has more than 25 years of experience as an administrator and over 20 years of experience as both a program director and a research scientist. She has served as a project director on several research initiatives involving both high school and undergraduate students. Her career has included the directorship of many different types of STEM education projects funded by the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, NIH, NRO, and NSF. Dr. Okpodu is a member of Sigma Xi, Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society, Ecological Society of America, and the American Society of Plant Biology. Her academic and professional awards include the intelligence Community Faculty Scholar Award, and both the Award of Recognition and the Special Recognition of Merit Award from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In 2013, she was inducted into the HistoryMakers as a ScienceMaker. In 2015, her biography became a part of the national library of Congress in Washington, DC. Although she enjoys the professional accolades, she takes great pride in being a mother and grandmother. She has three college-educated women-two who have followed her into STEM (Dr. Samelia Okpodu Pyuzza and Ms. Elizabeth Okpodu), one who shares her love of the Arts (Ms. Koren-Grace Okpodu). She also delights in being the “GG” (i.e., Greatest Grandma) to her only grandchild, Daniel Maximus. In 2018, she and her daughter Samelia co-authored a case-report on “over-hydration in making baby formula-Importance of the metric system.” Dr. Okpodu feels that her family is a prime example of her strategy of offering an integrated approach to learning team (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).