Archive for February, 2015

Southern University Consolidates Top Two Executive Positions

Southern University Consolidates Top Two Executive Positions

The Southern University Board of Supervisors has announced that it is combining the position of system president with that of the chancellor’s post at the system’s main campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Former Nigerian Bank Leader to Join the Faculty at Tufts University

Former Nigerian Bank Leader to Join the Faculty at Tufts University

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, will be joining the faculty of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy.

Bethune-Cookman University Partners With the EPA

Bethune-Cookman University Partners With the EPA

Bethune-Cookman University, the historically Black educational institution in Daytona Beach, Florida, has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Racist Graffiti on the Campus of The Lincoln University

Racist Graffiti on the Campus of The Lincoln University

A vandal or vandals spray-painted a racial slur on a sign at the entrance to The Lincoln University, a historically Black educational institution in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Three African American Women in New Administrative Posts

Three African American Women in New Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative roles are Carrolyn J. Bostick at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Marquita Chamblee at Wayne State University in Detroit, and Sharrika Adams at Virginia Tech.

In Memoriam: Wil Smith 1968-2015

In Memoriam: Wil Smith 1968-2015

Smith was a Navy veteran and a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine School of Law. He was a former associate dean at Bowdoin.

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.

Scholar to Study African American Convict Labor at Clemson University

Scholar to Study African American Convict Labor at Clemson University

African American convicts were used to construct some of Clemson’s earliest buildings. Some of these convicts were former slaves or children of slaves. At least one was as young as 12 years old.

Alcorn State University Alumna Becomes the First Black Woman Orthodontist in Mississippi

Alcorn State University Alumna Becomes the First Black Woman Orthodontist in Mississippi

Chandra Minor recently opened Smile Design Orthodontics with offices in three cities. The Alcorn State University graduate is the first African American woman to practice orthodontics in the state of Mississippi.

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.

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 FBI Kept Close Ties on Black Scholars

The FBI Kept Close Ties on Black Scholars

William Maxwell of Washington University in St. Louis made 106 Freedom of Information Act requests for FBI files on what he calls “noteworthy Afro-modernists.” He found that the FBI had files on 51 of the 106 Black scholars.

Daughters of Two Murdered Civil Rights Icons Meet for the First Time

Daughters of Two Murdered Civil Rights Icons Meet for the First Time

Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of Medgar Evers, and Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, met for the first time before a Black History Month event at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

SUNY System to Expand Its Partnership With the University of the West Indies

SUNY System to Expand Its Partnership With the University of the West Indies

The two university partners will expand their relationship to work together on issues relating to marine species in tropical climates, cardiovascular health among the Caribbean population, and on regional security issues.

University of Chicago Honors Its First African American Faculty Member

University of Chicago Honors Its First African American Faculty Member

Julian H. Lewis earned a Ph.D. in physiology and pathology at the University of Chicago in 1915 and then went on to medical school. He was hired as an instructor at the University of Chicago in 1917.

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.

Valerie Smith Named the 15th President of Swarthmore College

Valerie Smith Named the 15th President of Swarthmore College

Valerie Smith, dean of the college and the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University, was named president of Swarthmore College. She will take office on July 1.

New Study Finds That the Great Migration Negatively Impacted Black Mortality Rates

New Study Finds That the Great Migration Negatively Impacted Black Mortality Rates

While the Great Migration provided millions of Blacks with better educational and economic opportunities, a new study finds that it also led to increase mortality rates for African Americans.

Norman Francis Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Council on Education

Norman Francis Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Council on Education

Norman C. Francis has been president of Xavier University of Louisiana since 1968. He is the longest-tenured university president in the United States. For his service he will be honored in March by the American Council on Education.

Report Finds Black Students Like Mathematics More Than White Students

Report Finds Black Students Like Mathematics More Than White Students

A new report from the U.S. Department of Educations shows that Black men and Black women liked the study of mathematics in high school more so than their White peers.

In Memoriam: Lazette Golden Hale-Wilson, 1920-2015

In Memoriam: Lazette Golden Hale-Wilson, 1920-2015

According to the Ph.D. Project, she was the first African American women to be licensed as a certified public accountant and also hold a Ph.D. in accounting. She was a professor emerita at Utah State University.

Three Black Scholars Among the Inaugural Chancellor Faculty Fellows at Vanderbilt University

Three Black Scholars Among the Inaugural Chancellor Faculty Fellows at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has announced a group of 15 faculty members who have been designated as the inaugural group of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. Three of the 15 faculty members are Black scholars.

HBCU to Become the Nation's First Urban Work College

HBCU to Become the Nation’s First Urban Work College

Beginning this fall, all students at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas, will be given jobs either on campus or with local business that will offset most of their tuition and living expenses.

Three Black Scholars in New Teaching Positions

Three Black Scholars in New Teaching Positions

Taking on new teaching roles are Horace Alexander Young at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico, Chandra Bhimull at Colby College in Maine, and Kal Alston at Syracuse University in New York.

Huston-Tillotson University Partners With the University of Texas to Provide Health Services

Huston-Tillotson University Partners With the University of Texas to Provide Health Services

The two universities will participate in the operation of the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center on the Huston-Tillotson University campus.

Two Scholars of the Arts Honored With Awards

Two Scholars of the Arts Honored With Awards

Melanye White Dixon, an associate professor of dance at Ohio State University, and Kirsten Pai Buick, an associate professor in the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, win prestigious awards.

Historically Black Delaware State University Aims to Develop Global Business Leaders

Historically Black Delaware State University Aims to Develop Global Business Leaders

Delaware State University in Dover has announced the establishment of a new Economic Development Leadership Institute to nurture future global business leaders from the university’s student population.

Good News and Bad News for South Carolina State University

Good News and Bad News for South Carolina State University

It appears that an earlier proposal to close the university for two years is now dead in the water. But after hearing the university’s deficit grew by $4 million, a key legislative committee has proposed to oust the president and board of trustees.

Professor Eric Foner's New MOOC on Reconstruction Is About to Start

Professor Eric Foner’s New MOOC on Reconstruction Is About to Start

The new massive open online course (MOOC) will begin on February 25 and will last for nine weeks. Expect a 6- to 8-hour time commitment each week. The course is free and is open to the public.

A New Digital Archive Documents the Civil Rights Movement at Swarthmore College

A New Digital Archive Documents the Civil Rights Movement at Swarthmore College

The Black Liberation 1969 Archive “stands as a bulwark against the college losing or forgetting the story of Black student activism, which significantly improved Swarthmore for the better,” says Professor Allison Dorsey.

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.

Black Leaders Discuss Black Leadership

Black Leaders Discuss Black Leadership

Over the past 14 years, University of Virginia professors Julian Bond and Phyllis Leffler recorded 51 video interviews with African American leaders. These interviews form the basis for a new book and a companion website that includes all 51 full video interviews.

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.

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.

Sojourner-Douglass College Closes Its Edgewater Campus

Sojourner-Douglass College Closes Its Edgewater Campus

All but one of the employees at the Edgewater campus was let go. Students transferred to other area colleges or to Sojourner-Douglass’ main campus in Baltimore. The college is facing a loss of its accreditation.

University of California, San Diego Honors Sojourner Truth

University of California, San Diego Honors Sojourner Truth

The University of California, San Diego, recently unveiled a new life-size bronze sculpture of Sojourner Truth. The statue is the work of of local artist Manuelita Brown, a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.