Four African Americans Announce They Are Leaving Their College and University Posts

Clyde.jones_Clyde B. Jones III has announced that he is leaving his post as president of the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He will take on a new role as vice president for institutional advancement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Earlier in his career, Jones was director of development for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and its academic partner Weill Cornell Medical college.

Lee_ValerieValerie B. Lee, a professor of English at Ohio State University will step down from her post on June 30. During her tenure at Ohio State, Dr. Lee has served as vice provost for diversity and Inclusion, vice president for outreach and engagement, and chief diversity officer. She is the author of Granny Midwives and Black Women Writers: Double-Dutched Readings (Routledge, 1996).

Professor Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in English and French from Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree in English from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. Dr. Lee joined the Ohio State faculty in 1991.

essahpaPatience Essah is retiring from her post as associate professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama. She has been on the faculty at Auburn since 1990. As a tribute to her long service to the department of history a lecture series has been established in her honor.

Dr. Essah is a graduate of the University of Ghana. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Essah is the author of A House Divided: Slavery and Emancipation in Delaware, 1638-1865 (University of Virginia Press, 1996).

Charles-MeadowsCharles Meadows, professor of modern languages and director of the Center for Teacher Education at Morehouse College in Atlanta, has announced his retirement. He has taught at Morehouse for more than 45 years.

Dr. Meadows is a graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a master’s degree from Seton Hall University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.


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