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Virginia Union University School of Business
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Richmond, Virginia

Adelaja Odutola, Ph.D, Dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business

Dr. Adelaja Odutola is the dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business and the Center for Small Business Development. Prior to his appointment as dean in 2007, Dr. Odutola served as a Consultant for the Learning and Resource Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), analyzed and evaluated existing employee-training program, developed and implemented employee productivity- enhancement pilot program (1980-1981). Dr. Odutola is a high-level strategic thinker who brings a broad vision, pragmatic leadership and collaborative style as dean to address the twenty-first century challenges and opportunities faced by Virginia Union University - Sydney Lewis School of Business. Under his leadership as dean, Virginia Union University was selected as a primary HBCU Institution under Global Resource Solution’s, Inc.’s Mentor-Protégé Agreement with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); assembled a team of faculty and staff to establish the Center for Small Business Development; increased external relations through active engagement by the Center’s staff and faculty with the business community and community leaders; works closely with the Deans of the three other academic units to promote entrepreneurship education across disciplines.

Dr.Odutola has (31) thirty one years of work experience in teaching, research, and program management in higher education. From 2005 to 2007 he served as the President of VUU's Faculty Senate. He is an active member of the Virginia Economics Association, and Richmond Association of Business Economists. He served as an Advanced Placement Economics Reader for the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, New Jersey (1996, 1997, 2003, and 2004). Prof. Odutola is an active member on the Board of Directors of Frederic L. Ray Biblical Institute, Petersburg, Virginia (2004 – present).

Education & Certifications
Doctor of Philosophy in Monetary Economic and International Trade, 1993
Doctor of Biblical Exegesis, Frederic L. Ray Biblical Institute (2005), Ettrick, Virginia
Doctor of Divinity, Frederic L. Ray Biblical Institute (2004) Ettrick, Virginia
Master of Arts in Managerial Economics, 1981; Virginia State University
BBA in Business Administration, 1978; College of William and Mary

Awards & Distinctions

  • “Dean of Distinction” by the VUU National Alumni Association in 2007.
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society in Economics), 1992 -
  • Certificate of Merit, Student Organization, Virginia Union University, 1987
  • Teacher Of The Year, (Plaque), Virginia Union University (VUU), 1985-1986
  • Certificate of Participation, Community Learning Week, VUU, 1986
  • Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev.1985
  • Teacher of the Quarter, (plaque), Rutledge College, VA. 1983
  • Tuition Scholarship, Bureau of Economic Research and Dev., Virginia State Univ. '78-81.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, International Students Organization, College of William and Mary, 1975.
  • Received C.E.U certificate for teacher certification, upon completion of Richmond Economy Workshop, Virginia Commonwealth University and companies, 1991

Mrs. Tonya S. Scott-Hickman, Project Consultant to the VUU CSBD

Mrs. Scott-Hickman has extensive experience in management and leadership with non-profit and faith-based organizations. Previous positions held include: President and CEO of Horizon Business Solutions, LLC; Executive Director of Imani Intergenerational Community Development Corporation, Richmond, VA.; Director of Real Estate Development, Richmond, VA.; Consultant to The Mallette Group- Business Consulting Firm to small business firms in the local Richmond Virginia Area; Business Administrator to the First Baptist Church of South Richmond, Richmond, Virginia and Legislative Assistant to the Virginia State Delegate (Delegate Dwight Jones, Mayor of the City of Richmond, Virginia).

Mrs. Scott-Hickman has completed professional training from the Bank of America Leadership Academy, received economic development professional certification from the National Development Council, Neighbor works Training Institute; Washington Policy Council; Grantsmanship Training Center and from Virginia Commonwealth University Non-Profit Training Institute. Mrs. Scott-Hickman has a Master of Business Administration, from Averett University, Leadership Institute in Faith-Based Community & Economic Development certificate from Harvard University Divinity School, completed 36 credit hours toward Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, will be completing Executive Masters of Public Policy from Texas Southern University (June 2012), Bachelor of Science, in Business Administration from Virginia Union University.

Dr. Juritsa F. Ford, Research Director for VUU CSBS

Dr. Juritsa F. Ford is a faculty member in the Sydney Lewis School of Business, where she teaches courses in Entrepreneurship Management. Dr. Ford serves the Center for Small Business Development in the capacity as Research Director. Her role is to support funding procurement for the Center’s program and event development and implementation. Funding sources may be secured via grants, sponsorship, alumni and friends solicitations, and non-traditional sources.

Dr. Juritsa F. Ford possesses an array of talent and competencies having spent greater than two decades in the corporate environment in the automotive industry at General Motors, Inc. in Detroit, MI, and in the consumer goods industry at Philip Morris USA in the Processing Plant operations, Manufacturing Operations Management; Human Resources Management, and Research Development and Engineering, Compliance, Ethics and Quality Systems. Dr. Ford was recruited to change the traditional management practices and organizational behavior rooted in control and authoritarian management styles, and to add value to the bottom-line profits at both organizations. Dr. Ford possess an array of leadership talent in production management, operations management, human resources management, human resources compliance and ethics management, and research development and engineering quality system, compliance and ethics management. Throughout her career she was progressively promoted and recognized with several awards. Dr. Ford embraces life-long learning. She earned her Masters of Organizational Management and Doctor of Business Administration Degree while working. Additionally, Dr. Ford found her niche in higher education and has successfully integrated her practical experience from the corporate environment to bridge students and customers’ conceptual learning with best practices and trends.

Dr. Delta R. Bowers

Dr. Delta R. Bowers is a Professor of Management and Marketing in the Sydney Lewis School of Business. She also serves in the capacity of Director of the Internship Program for the department. In her role as Director of the Internship for the VUU Sydney Lewis School of Business, she is charged with placing students in internship position in premier organizations where they can gain experience in their majors and the corporate environment, and develop professional relationships. The ultimate goal is to give the students a competitive advantage as they enter the workforce upon graduation.

Dr. Bowers is a Senior Continuity of Operations/Government expert, leader, and manager with 25+ years of successful work history in technical and management consulting, financial analysis, budget analysis and control, auditing, legislative analysis, regulatory and compliance management, and administration. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Bowers was the Lead Senior Continuity of Government Program Manager for the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), a wholly owned government corporation with over a trillion dollars in assets. In this position along with her team, Dr. Bowers established the corporation’s Enterprise-wide Continuity of Government plan, established Emergency Relocation Sites, trained staff and business partners, and tested the plan for its effectiveness. Additionally, she ensured the plan met all requirements dictated by the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Government Accountability Office. Dr. Bowers’ other government clients included the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a division of the United States Department of Commerce, and the United States Small Business Administration. Dr. Bowers’ private sector engagements included Fannie Mae, the National Association of Securities Dealers and Riggs National Bank. Dr. Bowers is currently and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of DRB & Associates for approximately 20 years, a small woman-owned management consulting firm. She is the President of Pangaea Water, and Pangaea Productions, a small, woman-owned natural spring water distribution and events management organization.

Dr. Bowers received her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Economics, her Master of General Administration in Financial Management from the University of Maryland University College, and her Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She is a community activist, a member of the Association of Contingency Planners, President of the Chickahominy Bluffs Homeowners’ Association, Social Chair for the Executive Women’s Golf Association of Richmond, Virginia, and a recipient of the NAACP Community Service Award. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf, biking, camping, and tennis.