Tommie Shelby was promoted to professor of African and African-American studies and of philosophy and was granted tenure at Harvard University. He is the first African American to rise through the junior faculty ranks and be granted tenure in Harvard’s philosophy department.

Professor Shelby came to Harvard in 2000 from Ohio State University. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of We Who Are Dark: Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (Harvard University Press, 2005).

M. Christopher Brown II was named dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Brown, currently on leave from his faculty position at Penn State, has been serving as vice president for programs and administration at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Brown is a graduate of South Carolina State University. He holds a master’s degree in educational policy and evaluation from the University of Kentucky and an educational doctorate from Penn State.

Rich Freeman is the new head football coach at Morehouse College, the historically black educational institution for black men in Atlanta. He was the defensive coordinator at Lane College. Freeman is a graduate of Tennessee State University.

Michael J. Sorrell was named interim president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. Sorrell, a lawyer and political consultant, sits on the college’s board of directors. Sorrell is a graduate of Oberlin College. He holds a master’s degree and a law degree from Duke University.

The search for a permanent president for Paul Quinn College will begin at the end of this academic year.