Appointments

Darryll K. Jones to Lead the College of Law at Florida A&M University

Darryll K. Jones to Lead the College of Law at Florida A&M University

Jones will serve as interim dean. He has been serving as associate dean for academic affairs. He joined the law school in 2009 as associate dean for research and faculty development. Jones holds two law degrees from the University of Florida.

Two African American Men Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Two African American Men Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Desmond U. Patton was appointed an assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Brandon Ofem was named an assistant professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Six African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Six African Americans

The appointees are Quentin Wright at Lone Star College, Curtis E. Creagh at Kentucky State University, Mautra Jones at Langston University, Terri Yvette Ofori at Bloomfield College, Donovan Allen at Medgar Evers College, and Milton Overton at Florida A&M University.

Alfred Mathewson Named Co-Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law

Alfred Mathewson Named Co-Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law

Professor Mathewson joined the law school’s faculty in 1983. Previously, he worked as a corporate, securities, and banking attorney in Denver. Professor Mathewson also serves as as director of the Africana studies program at the university.

The First Black Faculty Member in the 650-Year History of the University of Vienna

The First Black Faculty Member in the 650-Year History of the University of Vienna

Adams Bodomo, from Ghana, was appointed professor and chair of the department of African languages and literatures at the University of Vienna in Austria. He is the former director of the African studies program at the University of Hong Kong and earlier taught at Stanford University.

New Assignments for Two Black Male Scholars

New Assignments for Two Black Male Scholars

William Darity Jr., a professor at Duke University, was named a visiting scholar for the 2015-16 academic year at the Russell Sage Foundation. Munya Bryn Munochiveyi was promoted to associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

New Posts for Five Black Administrators in Higher Education

New Posts for Five Black Administrators in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Darrice Griffin at the University of Massachusetts, Corey L. McCray at Tidewater Community College in Virginia, Takeyah Young at The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Charles Azebeokhi at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and Rochelle Smith at Washington University.

Blane Harding Looks for a Fresh Start at the University of Nevada Reno

Blane Harding Looks for a Fresh Start at the University of Nevada Reno

The new director of the Center for Student Cultural Diversity at the University of Nevada at Reno recently resigned his post at the University of Kansas admitting frustration at the lack of progress in improving graduation rates for Black students.

Three African American Scholars Named to Dean Positions

Three African American Scholars Named to Dean Positions

Gina S. Brown was appointed dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University. Donald R. Easton-Brooks was appointed dean of the School of Education at the University of South Dakota and Cheryl Wyrick was named interim dean of the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona.

Three Black Women in New Faculty Roles at Leading Colleges and Universities

Three Black Women in New Faculty Roles at Leading Colleges and Universities

Iris Mack is a new lecturer at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Gina Athena Ulysse was promoted to full professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University and Lorelle D. Semley was promoted to associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross.

University of Delaware Scholar to Be Honored by the the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

University of Delaware Scholar to Be Honored by the the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Thomas H. Epps III is the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. Dr. Epps joined the University of Delaware faculty in 2006.

New Administrative Posts for Six African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Posts for Six African Americans in Higher Education

The appointees are Rise Nelson Burrow at Yale, Karla Benson Rutten at Macalester College, Peggy Robinson at Duke, John R. Jones III at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Stacey DeBoise Luster at Worcester State University and LaWana Richmond at the University of California.

The First African American Dean at North Greenville University

The First African American Dean at North Greenville University

H. Paul Thompson was named dean of the College of Humanities at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. He is the first African American dean in the university’s history.

Four African American Women in New Faculty Posts

Four African American Women in New Faculty Posts

The four Black women in new faculty posts are Nomsa E. Geleta at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Sheridan Wigginton at California Lutheran University, Sharon A. Brangman at the Sunny Upstate Medical University, and Helen Elaine Lee at MIT.

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Four African Americans

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Four African Americans

The appointees are Dallas A. Grundy at the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Chambers at SUNY-Oneonta, Darnell T. Parker at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and Donna A. Lee at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

A New African American Dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A New African American Dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Melissa Nobles was named as the next dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1995 and holds an endowed chair in political science.

Book on the Racial Integration of College Basketball Wins the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Book on the Racial Integration of College Basketball Wins the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

The biography of Perry Wallace, who played basketball for Vanderbilt University from 1967 to 1970, is the first book dealing with sports to be honored in the 35-year history of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Two Women Scholars Named to Lead National Organizations

Two Women Scholars Named to Lead National Organizations

Mina Jones Jefferson, of the University of Cincinnati, was named president-elect of the National Association of Law Placement and Tomeka Robinson, of Hofstra University, was named president-elect of the Pi Kappa Delta National Honorary Society.

Two African Americans Appointed to Positions as Dean

Two African Americans Appointed to Positions as Dean

Randolph Rasch has been selected as the next dean of the College of Nursing at Michigan State University and Farah C. Muscadin was named dean of students at Chicago State University in Illinois.

Three Black Scholars With Ties to Academic Medicine Win Awards

Three Black Scholars With Ties to Academic Medicine Win Awards

The honorees are Judith Green-McKenzie of the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Payne of Duke University, and Marie Chisholm-Burns of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Five New Black Administrators at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Five New Black Administrators at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are Evelyn A. Edney at Delaware State University, Glenn McIntosh at Oakland University in Michigan, Teese Brunson at Voorhees College in South Carolina, Jacqueline Higgs Caldwell at the University of Tulsa, and Rayton Sianjina at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Three African Americans Names to Dean Positions

Three African Americans Names to Dean Positions

The new deans are Valerie Sheares Ashby at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Rondall E. Allen at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Ron Darbeau at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

New Faculty Posts for Five Black Scholars at Leading Universities

New Faculty Posts for Five Black Scholars at Leading Universities

The five Black faculty members in new roles are Khiara M. Bridges at Boston University, Beauty Bragg at Georgia College and State University, Yolanda Jackson at the University of Kansas, Bryan Monroe at Temple University, and Juan Gilbert at the University of Florida.

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Calvin Hill at Springfield College in Massachusetts, David Bowman at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Nicole Gibbs at North Carolina Central University in Durham, and John K. Pierre at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Medgar Evers to Be Honored by Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers to Be Honored by Medgar Evers College

This spring Medgar Evers College will grant an honorary degree to its namesake, Medgar Evers. Mylie Evers-Williams, who was married to Medgar Evers and continued his civil rights work after his death, will accept the award at the college’s June 2 commencement.

West Point to Name New Cadet Barracks to Honor Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

West Point to Name New Cadet Barracks to Honor Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

In 1932 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the son of an Army officer, was admitted to West Point. He was “silenced” or shunned by his classmates for four years. No cadets, faculty or staff members befriended or spoke to him except on an official basis.

Four Universities Appoint African Americans to Dean Posts

Four Universities Appoint African Americans to Dean Posts

The new deans are Eboni Pringle at Kent State University, Akel I. Kahera at Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus in Qatar, Lorna Le’Anne Shaw-Berbick at Kentucky State University, and John K. Davis at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Universities Appoint Six New Black Administrators

Universities Appoint Six New Black Administrators

The new appointees are Julian R. Williams at George Mason University, Guy-Alain Amoussou at Bowie State, Michael Williams at the University of California, Berkeley, Eddie J. Howard at Youngstown State, Rick Kisner at Tuskegee University, and Obadiah Simmons Jr. at Grambling State.

Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

The honorees are Stephanie Luck of the University of Arkansas, the late Levi Watkins at Vanderbilt University, Clara Adams of Morgan State University, Anthony B. Pinn of Rice University, William F. Tate of Washington University in St. Louis, and Em Claire Knowles of Simmons College.

Three African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Three African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Clarence Lang was named to a department chair at the University of Kansas. Roshawnda was named to the faculty at Pepperdine University in California, and Sylvester James Gates Jr. will be the Roth Distinguished Scholar at Dartmouth College for the 2015-16 academic year.

Claudine Gay Appointed Dean of Social Science at Harvard University

Claudine Gay Appointed Dean of Social Science at Harvard University

Dr. Gay is a professor of government and a professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2006, Professor Gay taught at Stanford University.

The Nation's Top-Ranked University Debater Is an African American

The Nation’s Top-Ranked University Debater Is an African American

Aaron Murphy, a senior at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, was named Speaker of the Year by the American Parliamentary Debate Association.

Sydney Richardson Is the New Leader of Adult Education Programs at Salem College

Sydney Richardson Is the New Leader of Adult Education Programs at Salem College

Dr. Richardson, the new dean of the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education, joined the faculty at Salem College in 2007 and recently was serving as an assistant professor of education and director of the college’s Writing Center.

Medical Education Pioneer Donald Wilson Honored by the American College of Physicians

Medical Education Pioneer Donald Wilson Honored by the American College of Physicians

In 1991, Dr. Donald E. Wilson was named dean of medicine at the University of Maryland, the first African American dean of a predominantly White medical school. He was also was the first Black president of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

New Appointments or Promotions for Black Faculty Members

New Appointments or Promotions for Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles or responsibilities are Tirin Moore at Stanford University, Emma A. Faulk at Alabama State University, Jennifer F. Hamer at the University of Kansas, and Trudier Harris at the University of Alabama.

Five African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Leticia Smith-Evans at Williams College, Erica Dunlap at Florida A&M University, Mayola Rowser at the University of Southern Indiana, Nicole Gibbs at North Carolina Central University, and Clifton Sanders from Salt Lake Community College.