The New Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University

AzevedoMario Azevedo was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He has been serving as professor and interim chair of the department of history and philosophy at the university. He will begin his new duties on January 1.

A native of Mozambique, Dr. Azevedo came to Jackson State in 2006. Earlier, he was the Frank Porter Graham Professor in Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He taught for 20 years at UNC-Charlotte.

Professor Azevedo is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and holds a master’s degree in history from American University, both in Washington, D.C.,. He earned a master of public health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.


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  1. Michael says:

    Here’s another ongoing example of Black professors who worked at Historically White Colleges and Universities (HWCUs) for decades. Now as they venture into the winter years of their career, they all of sudden want to work at an HBCU. Nothing could be further from the truth. If these individuals really loved HBCUs, they would have been working there instead of giving their scholarship to HWCUs who have a long history of treating Black professors and administrators’ disparately.

    • Devontae says:

      Misinformed….Azevedo was at JSU a decade before moving on to UNC. Also, has been back at JSU at least 7 years before taking on this role. I understand your point, but it lacked historical context in this situation.

      • Michael says:

        Re: Devontae;

        It’s quite obvious that you missed my point. In other words, HBCUs are becoming the “last stop” for entirely too many so-called Black professors and Black administrators’ who tirelessly gave HWCUs the lion share of their scholarship, insight, and research skills. Unfortunately; HBCUs are so inclined to provide professional employment opportunities to non-native born Blacks

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