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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Lewis spoke at the March on Washington and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Bloody Sunday in March 1965. He has served his Atlanta district in Congress since 1987.
Melissa Givens is an adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and Texas Southern University in Houston. She is also a doctoral student in music at the University of Houston.
Taking on new roles are Leykia Brill at the University of Massachusetts, Deidre Labat at Xavier University, Christopher L. Brown at Columbia University, Undi Hoffler at North Carolina Central University, D’Andre Fisher at the University of Oklahoma, and Archie Griffin at Ohio State University.
The honorees are Roland G. Fryer Jr., the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard, assistant professor Stephen M. Avery of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Iris Outlaw, director of multicultural student programs and services at the University of Notre Dame.
The new Frederick Douglass Square will feature quotations from Douglass displayed on a steel wall.
Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale Medical School, has been appointed commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has paid tribute to its president emerita Dorothy Cowser Yancy by naming the new Information and Technology Hall in her honor.
Jeannine Bell was appointed the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at Indiana University and Donita Brady was named Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.
The honorees are Wanda Heading-Grant of the University of Vermont, Juanita Johnson-Bailey of the University of Georgia, and Emile M. Towns, dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
Taking on new roles are Lorraince Acker at Iowa State University, Kevin Appleton at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, John Michael Lee Jr. at Florida A&M University, and Nicole Edwards Evans at Jackson State University in Mississippi.
Donald Pope-Davis is a professor of clinical psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. He served as provost at DePaul from 2013 to 2014. Earlier, he was associate provost at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
The appointees are Kimberly A. Saunders at the University of Delaware, Paul Norman at St. Augustine’s College, George Cotton at Florida A&M, Tyrone Parham at Penn State, Lori S. White at Washington University, and Derrick Johnson at Elizabeth City State.
Both Isabella and William Gibbons were slaves who were owned by different professors at the University of Virginia prior to the Civil War. The new Gibbons Hall will house about 200 students this fall.
Maya Angelou, the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, who died last spring, was honored with the issue of a Forever Stamp bearing her portrait.
Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, is the inaugural winner of the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence. Since 2008 the college has vastly increased its percentage of students from low-income families.
The team from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, competed against 18 teams in the finals competition held in Portland, Oregon. It was the only undefeated team in the three-day competition.
The honorees are Carol Tonge Mack of the University of Cincinnati, Quincy Martin III of Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, and Jean E. Swinney of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Marlon James, an associate professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, won the fiction prize and Jericho Brown, an assistant professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, won the poetry award.
Jonathan Holloway was appointed the Edmund Morgan Professor of African American Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He has served as chair of the department of African American studies and as dean of Yale College.