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Dr. Leroy A. Durant



Dr. Leroy A. Durant is currently the Vice President for Student Development and Services at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  He has over 22 years of experience in higher education.

Previous positions held include Vice President for Student Affairs; Vice President for Student Life and Alumni Affairs; and Vice President for Operations, Campus Development and Services at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.  Additionally, he has served as Vice President of Student Life; Dean of Students, and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

Applied experiences include working in the Criminal Justice System for 12 years as a Probation Officer, Intake Supervisor, and an Alcohol and Drug Coordinator.  He has served on the faculty at the following institutions - Claflin University, Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice; Voorhees College, Assistant Professor of Sociology;  Grambling State University, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology; and Lamar University, Instructor of Sociology.  Some of his achievements through fund raising involved major external funds for the University as principal and co-principal investigator of grants through the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and UNCFSP Learn and Serve, and other funding opportunities.  At Claflin University, he was Principal Investigator, Family and Violence project, U.S. Department of Justice; Principal Investigator, MDRC and UNCF Performance-Based Scholarship Demonstration Proposal - Financial Aid Support to Improve Persistence and Graduation Rates among African-American Male Students; Principal Investigator, Strengthening Student Retention, Presidents’ Initiative, 5-year Award; Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Education, Education Research Program, 2009-2010; Principal Investigator, Wal-Mart Minority Student Success Award, Institute for Higher Education Policy, Wal-Mart Foundation; Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Education, Disability Enhancement Grant; Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Justice, Violence against Women on College Campuses; Principal Investigator, UNCFSP Learn and Serve Grant Program, Service Learning Project;  Fundraiser for Division of Student Development and Services, 5-year period, Athletic Program. At Jackson State University, he was the Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Education, Ronald E. McNair Program; and New Student Orientation; Principal Investigator, Affordable Access, Karse Foundation.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Masters of Arts Degree in Sociology from Grambling State University, and a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Administration from Texas Southern University.  Other areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational management training, budgeting and counseling. Dr. Leroy A Durant is a native of Trinidad and is the father of three children and three grandchildren. 






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