Five African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Academia

Michael Leo Owens, associate professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta, was elected vice chair of the governing board of the Urban Affairs Association.

Dr. Owens is a graduate of Syracuse University. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York. He is the author of God and Government in the Ghetto: The Politics of Church-State Collaboration in Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Karisa A. Moore was appointed interim executive director for equity and access at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. Since 2009, Moore has been director of equity initiatives at Virginia Tech.

Moore is a graduate of Berea College in Kentucky. She holds a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

Terrance J. Tumey was named director of athletics at the University of California at Davis. Since 2009, he has been athletics director at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael. He is the former director of football operations for the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers. His new appointment is effective on August 1.

Tumey holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Maurice Cox was appointed associate dean for community engagement at the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans. He will also serve as director of the Tulane City Center. He was an associate professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. During his tenure at UVA, he served on the city council and for two years was mayor of Charlottesville.

Cox studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York City. From 2007 to 2010 he was the design director for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, was named a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Dr. Brown holds bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from the University of Memphis. He earned at Ph.D. in health policy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.


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