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Dr. Lorden joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2003. She provides leadership for seven colleges, research institutes, and a University-wide graduate school. She has overseen significant growth in enrollment, instructional programs at all levels, and funded research at UNC Charlotte, North Carolina’s urban research university of over 26,500 students and 1,000 faculty. An advocate for women and minorities in science and engineering at all levels, she served as the principal investigator for UNC Charlotte’s NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, designed to increase the recruitment and retention of women faculty in science and engineering. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Research Institute; the Institute for Social Capital; and MCNC, a North Carolina non-profit that provides information technology for research, education, and economic development. She is active in Charlotte community organizations, serving on the boards of several local organizations, including Discovery Place, the Women’s Impact Fund, and the Echo Foundation. She has served as a member of the Charlotte Advisory Board for the Knight Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts.
Before moving to Charlotte, Dr. Lorden served as Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she was a Professor of Psychology and directed the university-wide graduate program in neuroscience. With funding from NIH, NSF, and other agencies, she conducted research in animal models of inherited movement disorders and was awarded the Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction by UAB. She has been a member of review panels at NIH, NSF, DoD, and private agencies, and is a fellow of the AAAS. While at UAB, she established one of the first offices for postdoctoral scholars. Active in professional organizations, she has chaired the Boards of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools and Oak Ridge Associated Universities, was the Dean in Residence at the Division of Graduate Education at NSF and president of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. She also served on the National Academies of Science Committee to Assess Research Doctorate Programs and has chaired the Council on Academic Affairs for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.
Lorden received a B.A. from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University.