Bessie House-Soremekun was named professor of political science and public scholar in African-American studies, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. She was a professor of political science at Kent State University.

Professor House-Soremekun holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Denver.

J. Renee Navarro was appointed to the new post of director of academic diversity at the University of California at San Francisco. She has served as associate dean of academic affairs in the university’s medical school since 2004. She is also a clinical professor of anesthesia and perioperative care.

Donald Spivey, a professor of history at the University of Miami, was named a Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2007-09 academic years. The fellowship is one of the college’s highest honors.

Joyce Q. Rogers was appointed vice president of development for Ivy Tech Community College, a 23-campus system in Indiana enrolling 110,000 students. Rogers was the CEO of Indiana Black Expo.

Rogers is a graduate of Indiana State University and holds a law degree from Indiana University.

Keith Wailoo, Martin Luther King Professor of History at Rutgers University, was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine. Professor Wailoo is a native of Guyana. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stanley C. Trent was appointed assistant dean of diversity and equity at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. For the past decade, Dr. Trent has been an associate professor of curriculum, instruction, and special education at the school.

Professor Trent is a graduate of Virginia State University. He holds a master’s degree from Temple University and a doctorate from the University of Virginia.