Robert M. Dixon has more than four decades of leadership experience in higher education, having served as a department chair, dean, vice president for academic affairs, and provost. A theoretical nuclear physicist, Dixon has sought to strengthen STEM programs and prepare students for careers in STEM disciplines at all institutions where he has served. Currently he serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Prior to this position he served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Medgar Evers College of the CUNY system. Dixon also served as Dean of the School of Science at Hampton University. He led the faculty at Grambling State University as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in the revision of general education, the transition from open admissions to selectivity, and a host of academic reforms. Before his tenure at Grambling State University he served as Chair and Professor of Physics at Morehouse College for sixteen years. At Morehouse he developed many students who subsequently received the doctorate in a STEM field. Some years earlier, Dixon was the founding chair of the M.S. degree program in physics at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). During his career he has successfully pursued grant funding from federal agencies and the private foundation community. He also has a wealth of experience with institutional and program accreditation. Dixon is member of the America Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teaches, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Mathematical Association of America. He is the author of three introductory physics textbooks (now out-of-print), three physics laboratory manuals, and numerous articles on nuclear scattering theory.
Dixon earned the B. S. degree in Mathematics and Physics from Morehouse College, the M. S. degree in Nuclear Physics from Rutgers University, and the Ph.D. in theoretical Nuclear Physics from the University of Maryland.