Dr. Quincy J. Byrdsong is the Vice President for Academic Planning and Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer for Augusta University. He has operational responsibility for providing strategic leadership that advances the university’s presence and stature among the nation’s premier public research universities and solidifies the institution as a destination of choice for students and faculty. Additionally, Dr. Byrdsong leads the planning process to develop new academic programs of study and enhance existing programs that build upon the institution's distinction in the delivery of high quality health sciences programs coupled with superior liberal arts, education, business and cyber programs.
Dr. Byrdsong received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University where he became part of the institution’s first cohort of Patricia Roberts Harris Fellows in Biology, along with a graduate specialist of education in curriculum and instruction. He received his Doctor of Education in Curriculum Development from Tennessee State University.
Dr. Byrdsong has served in several roles related to higher education administration. Before coming to Augusta University, Dr. Byrdsong served as the Associate Vice President for Health Sciences-Strategic Initiatives and Engagement for Virginia Commonwealth University, where he provided strategic leadership for health sciences in the areas of research initiatives, academic affairs, and institutional planning, performance and accountability. Additionally, Dr. Byrdsong served as the key liaison with the vice provosts for academic affairs, life sciences, strategic enrollment management, and planning and decision support, and was a vital contributor to the advancement of the VCU Strategic Plan, Quest for Distinction.
Other roles served by Dr. Byrdsong were at Meharry Medical College as Director of the Institutional Review Board and Administrative Program Director for Clinical and Translational Research for the School of Medicine. Dr. Byrdsong also served as a Research Services Consultant for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and served a as Chief of Staff to the Dean at Morehouse School of Medicine.