Archive for June, 2014

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative duties are Rosetta Clay, F.J. Talley, Kevin Cokley, James Earl Orr Jr., E. Nathan Thomas III, Mark D. Henderson, Jimmy Miller, Katrina Oliver, Stephanie Sanders, and Shawn Felton.

Healing Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Healing Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCU Preservation Foundation’s Stan Ashemore asks, “Why are we not there for HBCUs now as they were for us so many years ago?”

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

The New President of Malawi Spent Nearly 40 Years on the Faculty at Washington University

The New President of Malawi Spent Nearly 40 Years on the Faculty at Washington University

Peter Mutharika earned two degrees at Yale Law School and then taught for 39 years on the faculty of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He had been in the U.S. for so long, that his eligibility for the presidency of Malawi was an issue in the election campaign.

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.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

University of Alabama's New Effort to Boost the Diversity of Its Business Students

University of Alabama’s New Effort to Boost the Diversity of Its Business Students

The Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the diversity of incoming students.

Arizona State University Students Combat Preventable Hearing Loss in Malawi

Arizona State University Students Combat Preventable Hearing Loss in Malawi

The students and faculty from Arizona State work alongside faculty and audiology students in Malawi where this is a high rate of preventable hearing loss, which can be caused by malaria, meningitis, and untreated ear infections.

The New Dean of the College of Business at Delaware State University

The New Dean of the College of Business at Delaware State University

Donna T. Covington was the interim dean of the College of Business and Computer Science at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. She is a former executive at IBM and Texas Instruments.

Ole Miss to Open the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement

Ole Miss to Open the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement

When the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement opens on campus this fall, it will provide programs and services that encourage cross-cultural interactions while serving as a “safe space” that is welcoming and nurturing to all students.

Maggie Williams Named Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University

Maggie Williams Named Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University

Williams is the former assistant to the President and chief of staff for First Lady Hillary Clinton and later was chief of staff at the Clinton Foundation. Recently, she has headed up her own consulting firm.

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.

Cynthia Warrick Selected to Lead Grambling State University in Louisiana

Cynthia Warrick Selected to Lead Grambling State University in Louisiana

Dr. Warrick currently serves as senior fellow at the Center for Minority Health Services Research in the College of Pharmacy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She spent the 2012-13 academic year as interim president of South Carolina State University.

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.

Black Entrepreneurs Still Face an Unlevel Playing Field in Seeking Capital

Black Entrepreneurs Still Face an Unlevel Playing Field in Seeking Capital

The lead author of the study stated that “a lot of research and business practice starts with the premise that individuals have equal choice and what we found, instead, are that there are systemic restrictions to choice for some people just because of their ethnicity.”

Raymond Burse to Lead Kentucky State University Again

Raymond Burse to Lead Kentucky State University Again

Raymond M. Burse first served as president of Kentucky State from 1982 to 1989. Burse then was an executive at General Electric, serving as vice president and general counsel before retiring in 2012. He will serve as interim president until June 2015 or until a permanent president is selected.

Fort Valley State University Signs Partnership Agreement With Georgia Military College

Fort Valley State University Signs Partnership Agreement With Georgia Military College

Fort Valley State University has entered into a partnership agreement with Georgia Military College that will allow students who have completed an associate’s degree at Georgia Military College to transfer all of their credits to apply towards a bachelor’s degree at Fort Valley State.

Erica Holmes Named Provost at Pima Community College in Tucson

Erica Holmes Named Provost at Pima Community College in Tucson

Dr. Holmes was vice president of academic and student affairs at Kennedy-King College of the City Colleges of Chicago system. From 2009-13, she was vice president of academic affairs at Halifax Community College in Weldon, North Carolina.

Howard University Forms an NGO to Facilitate Its Operations in Nigeria

Howard University Forms an NGO to Facilitate Its Operations in Nigeria

Various schools and colleges at Howard University have conducted or have current research and training projects in Nigeria. Now the new nongovernmental organization can serve as the unit to facilitate the activity of Howard University faculty, staff, and students in Nigeria.

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

JeffriAnne Wilder was promoted to associate professor of sociology and granted tenure at the University of North Florida and Thurman D. Hollins was named interim director of bands at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Jackson State University Takes Over the Editing of a National Student Affairs Journal

Jackson State University Takes Over the Editing of a National Student Affairs Journal

Scholars in the executive Ph.D. program in urban higher education at Jackson State University in Mississippi have just published their first issue of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Journal.

Six African Americans in New University Administrative Posts

Six African Americans in New University Administrative Posts

The appointees are Romy Riddick at Princeton University, K. Ken Redda at Florida A&M University, Edward Summers at Stony Brook University, Trisah Long Paschal at Clark Atlanta University, Shawnboda Mead at the University of Mississippi, and Emanuel Barnes Sr. at Alcorn State University.

In Memoriam: Raymond H. Boone Sr., 1938-2014

In Memoriam: Raymond H. Boone Sr., 1938-2014

Raymond H. Boone Sr., former professor of journalism at Howard University and the founder of the Richmond Free Press, died earlier this month at the age of 76. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Seven African American Scholars Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Seven African American Scholars Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows conducted by JBHE, it appears that 11 of the 188 new American members of the AAAS are African Americans. Thus, African Americans make up only 5.9 percent of the new members of the academy.

 Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

University of Tennessee Acquires Rare Phillis Wheatly First Edition

University of Tennessee Acquires Rare Phillis Wheatly First Edition

The University of Tennessee Libraries has acquired a first edition of Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley. The edition purchased by the university contains an inscription by the author.

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.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

African American Debate Team Makes History

African American Debate Team Makes History

Chris Randall and Elijah Smith, both rising seniors at Rutgers University-Newark, were ranked fifth in the nation for the 2013-14 debate season. This is the highest-ranked position ever obtained by a team of African American debaters.

Michael Drake Awarded the University of California's Presidential Medal

Michael Drake Awarded the University of California’s Presidential Medal

Michael V. Drake, the outgoing chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, was awarded the Presidential Medal from University of California system’s president Janet Napolitano. He will soon become president of Ohio State University.

A New Interactive Online Tool on Developmental Aid in Africa

A New Interactive Online Tool on Developmental Aid in Africa

AidData, whose partners include the College of William and Mary, Brigham Young University, and the University of Texas, is offering a new online tool that gives users detailed information on developmental aid projects in Africa.

Summer Undergraduate Internships Boost Diversity in Ph.D. STEM Program

Summer Undergraduate Internships Boost Diversity in Ph.D. STEM Program

Last summer, eight Howard students spent eight weeks conducting bioengineering research on the University of California, San Diego campus. Now, two of the eight will enroll in the UCSD Ph.D. program in bioengineering.

University of California, Riverside Scholar Earns Major Literary Award

University of California, Riverside Scholar Earns Major Literary Award

Nalo Hopkinson, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, is the recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Two African American Leaders Are Stepping Down From Their University Posts

Two African American Leaders Are Stepping Down From Their University Posts

Linda R. Crump will soon step down as assistant to the chancellor for equity, access, and diversity programs at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Royal P. Walker Jr. has retired from his position as executive director of the Institute of Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.