Charles H. Ford, Ph.D., is a Professor of History at Norfolk State University (NSU). He also serves as the Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) at NSU and as Chair of its History Department. In the 1990s, his primary research areas were in eighteenth century Britain and the Atlantic world, and he published Hannah More: A Critical Biography in 1996. In this century, Ford has pursued and published -- along with his colleagues, Cassandra Newby-Alexander of NSU and Jeffrey Littlejohn, once of NSU and now at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas -- a number of projects explicitly dealing with the desegregation of public schools in Norfolk, Virginia. Most significantly, Littlejohn and Ford’s Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk’s Public Schools was published by the University of Virginia Press in August 2012. Littlejohn and Ford’s latest article is “Reconstructing the Old Dominion: Lewis F. Powell, Stuart T. Saunders, and the Virginia Industrialization Group, 1958-65,” which appeared in the May-June 2013 issue of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Given his multiple roles as historian, teacher, and administrator, Ford serves also as the faculty advisor to the student LGBT organization on campus – Leading the Education of Straight and Gay Individuals (LEGASI), and as Events Chair of the Advisory Board of the Old Dominion University Gay Cultural Studies Endowment campaign since January 2011. He has also served as Chair of the national American Association of University Professors’ Committee on Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity since November 2005, and as a Trustee of the Norfolk Public Library Board since January 2013. Dr. Ford was named 2014 University Professor of the Year.