Professional Schools

Hugh Mighty to Lead the Howard University College of Medicine

Hugh Mighty to Lead the Howard University College of Medicine

Dr. Mighty has been serving as vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. Earlier in his career, he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

University of Washington School of Law Aims to Increase Diversity

University of Washington School of Law Aims to Increase Diversity

Students from underrepresented groups who are selected for the new fellows program will receive paid summer internships at area law firms or in the legal departments of area corporations after completing their first year of law school.

LeRoy Pernell Stepping Down as Dean of the College of Law at Florida A&M University

LeRoy Pernell Stepping Down as Dean of the College of Law at Florida A&M University

Professor Pernell became dean in 2008. Previously he served for 10 years as dean of the College of Law at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He will now return to his full-time faculty position at the FAMU law school.

Howard University Makes a Significant Move Up in Law School Rankings

Howard University Makes a Significant Move Up in Law School Rankings

The Howard University School of Law ranked 110th in the listings posted by U.S. News and World Report. Howard was the only law school at a historically Black university to be included in the listings.

New Support Group for Black Psychiatry Residents at Yale Medical School

New Support Group for Black Psychiatry Residents at Yale Medical School

Members of the psychiatry residency program at the Yale University School of Medicine have formed the Yale Solomon Carter Fuller Association in honor of the nation’s first Black psychiatrist.

Eli Jones Named Dean of the Business School at Texas A&M University

Eli Jones Named Dean of the Business School at Texas A&M University

Dr. Jones currently holds the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair and is dean of the College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has also served as dean of the business school at Louisiana State University.

Study Finds Increased Racial Segregation of Law School Students

Study Finds Increased Racial Segregation of Law School Students

The study found that Black students were more likely to enroll in less selective law schools in 2013 than they were in 2010 and were less likely to enroll in highly selective law schools than they were in 2010.

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

At none of the 15 highest-ranked law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent. Harvard Law School ranks first with Black enrollments of 8.7 percent.

African Americans Still Significantly Underrepresented at U.S. Medical Schools

African Americans Still Significantly Underrepresented at U.S. Medical Schools

In 2014, African Americans were 8.1 percent of all applicants to U.S. medical schools. Blacks were 6.9 percent of the students who matriculated at U.S. medical schools in 2014.

Professor Lonnie Brown Is One of Four Finalists for Dean of the University of Georgia Law School

Professor Lonnie Brown Is One of Four Finalists for Dean of the University of Georgia Law School

Professor Brown is the associate dean of academic affairs at the law school. He joined the faculty at the law school in 2002 and currently holds the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

Cornell MBA Students Help Local Minority Firms Increase Their Business With the University

Cornell MBA Students Help Local Minority Firms Increase Their Business With the University

The effort is part of the university’s Supplier Diversity Initiative aimed at having university departments achieve a greater percentage of their procurements from minority-owned and women-owned firms.

Indiana University Business School Launches Recruitment Program for Minority Students

Indiana University Business School Launches Recruitment Program for Minority Students

The Meet-Educate-Experience-Transition (MEET) Kelley program will bring two groups of rising high school seniors – one male and one female – from across the United States to campus this summer for a week of instruction, campus activities, and a case competition.

The Next Dean of the George Washington University School of Law

The Next Dean of the George Washington University School of Law

For the past seven years, Professor Blake D. Morant has been dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Also, he is the president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools.

Product of Foster Care System Accepted at Nine Different Medical Schools

Product of Foster Care System Accepted at Nine Different Medical Schools

Festus Ohan was removed from the care of his mother at the age of 5. When he was 13, his father abandoned him and one of his two sisters. He was placed in foster care. Only 2 percent of children placed in foster homes earn degrees from four-year colleges but Ohan beat the odds.

The Next Dean of the University of Houston Law Center

The Next Dean of the University of Houston Law Center

Leonard M. Baynes, a professor at the School of Law of St. John’s University in Queens, New York, has been selected as the next dean of the University of Houston Law Center. He will begin his new job on August 15.

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

In February 2014, Wendell Pritchett announced that he was joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Now the law school says he will serve as dean for the 2014-15 academic year.

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Heading Back to Penn Law School

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Heading Back to Penn Law School

Wendell Pritchett, chancellor of the Camden campus of Rutgers University, is stepping down in June and will take a position as Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Guide Names Its Choices of the Best Law Schools for Blacks

Guide Names Its Choices of the Best Law Schools for Blacks

The Black Student’s Guide To Law Schools lists Harvard Law School as the top law school for Blacks. Stanford University and the University of Chicago rank second and third. In fourth place is the law school at historically Black Howard University.

Barbara Broome Chosen as Dean of the College of Nursing at Kent State University

Barbara Broome Chosen as Dean of the College of Nursing at Kent State University

Currently, Dr. Broome is associate dean and chair of the department of community-mental health at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing. She will take on her new role in March 2014.

Jacquelyn Bridgeman to Lead the College of Law at the University of Wyoming

Jacquelyn Bridgeman to Lead the College of Law at the University of Wyoming

Professor Bridgeman is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School. She has served as associate dean of the University of Wyoming law school since 2010 and has been on the faculty since 2002.

A Check-Up of Blacks in Medical Schools

A Check-Up of Blacks in Medical Schools

New data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges shows that in 2013 Blacks or African Americans were 8 percent of all applicants to U.S. medical schools and 7 percent of all first-time enrollees.

The New Dean of the Business School at Elizabeth City State University

The New Dean of the Business School at Elizabeth City State University

Kingsley Nwala was named dean of the Walter R. Davis School of Business and Economics at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He had served as interim dean and was chair of two different departments at the business school.

Wayne State University Law School to Take Part in New Civil Rights Clinic

Wayne State University Law School to Take Part in New Civil Rights Clinic

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Wayne State University Law School are teaming up to establish the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Clinic in Detroit.

Blacks Are Only a Tiny Percentage of U.S. Medical School Faculty

Blacks Are Only a Tiny Percentage of U.S. Medical School Faculty

Of the 137,798 medical school faculty members in the United States in 2011, only 3,952, or 2.9 percent, were Black. Blacks were only 1.4 percent of the full professors at U.S. medical schools.

Predominantly White Medical Schools With the Most Black Graduates

Predominantly White Medical Schools With the Most Black Graduates

Howard University, Meharry Medical College and Morehouse School of Medicine produce the most Black medical school graduates. Wayne State University in Detroit led all other predominantly White medical schools with 32 Black graduates in 2011.

Carolyn Callahan Selected to Lead the College of Business at the University of Louisville

Carolyn Callahan Selected to Lead the College of Business at the University of Louisville

She is currently the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting and director of the School of Accountancy at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. She will be the first woman and first African American dean of the University of Louisville business school.

The Gender Gap in African American Medical School Enrollments

The Gender Gap in African American Medical School Enrollments

Nationwide, women make up 47.2 percent of all medical school students in the United States. But for African Americans, the gender gap is significantly in favor of women.

No Respect for Black Law Schools in Latest Rankings

No Respect for Black Law Schools in Latest Rankings

Of the six law schools at historically Black universities, Howard University ranked the highest. Howard was rated as the 126th best law school among the 194 accredited schools.

The Top Feeder Schools for Black Medical Students

The Top Feeder Schools for Black Medical Students

Howard University produced the most Black applicants to U.S. medical schools in 2011 but by a large margin Xavier University in New Orleans produced the most graduates who earned medical degrees.

Minority Residents at Yale Medical School Form a Networking Group

Minority Residents at Yale Medical School Form a Networking Group

The Minority Housestaff Organization will help recruit and retain minority students and focus on mentorship, community outreach, and networking/social events.

A Check-Up on Black Enrollments and Graduates of U.S. Medical Schools

A Check-Up on Black Enrollments and Graduates of U.S. Medical Schools

While the number of African American enrollments in U.S. medical schools increased by nearly 8 percent over the past decade, the Black percentage of all medical school enrollments has decreased.

Alfred Mathewson Is a Finalist for Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law

Alfred Mathewson Is a Finalist for Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law

Professor Mathewson holds the Henry Weihofen Chair in Law at the University of New Mexico. He is also the director of the university’s Africana studies program. He has served on the faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Law since 1983.

An Accounting of Minority Faculty in Business Programs

An Accounting of Minority Faculty in Business Programs

Since the inception of the PhD Project in 1994, the number of minority professors in business disciplines has increased from 294 to 1,172. There are currently 362 minority students in business doctoral programs in the United States.

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Nursing Degree Programs

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Nursing Degree Programs

According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Black have made tremendous progress over the past decade in increasing their percentage of students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in nursing.

Emilie Townes Named Dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School

Emilie Townes Named Dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Townes currently serves as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. She also is the associate dean of academic affairs. She will assume her new post in July.

MBA Student Establishes MercyCards to Help the Homeless

MBA Student Establishes MercyCards to Help the Homeless

Jed JohnHope, a native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and an MBA student at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, noticed that fewer people are carrying cash and spare change that they can donate to the homeless.