Palm brings more than two decades of higher education experience to the position. He has served Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University as an administrator, faculty member, and liaison to a broad segment of constituents.
Currently, he is the associate provost for undergraduate education at FAMU and a tenured professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. At VSU, he will work under another former FAMU professor. Abdullah served on the faculty of the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology, and Agriculture at FAMU for 15 years and was the dean of the college from 2008 through 2011.