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Four Universities Appoint African Americans to Dean Posts

Eboni Pringle was appointed dean of the University College at Kent State University in Ohio. She has been serving as interim dean since October 2012. Dr. Pringle joined the staff at Kent State in 1998 as an academic adviser in the Student Advising Center.

Dr. Pringle is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, where she majored in speech and hearing. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from Kent State University.

kaheraAkel I. Kahera was named dean of the School of the Arts at the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Qatar. He has been serving as associate dean in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Dr. Kahera holds degrees in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a Ph.D. at Princeton University in New Jersey.

lorna_shaw_webLorna Le’Anne Shaw-Berbick was named dean of the university at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. She has been serving as dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

Dr. Shaw-Berbick hold two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of the West Indies. She earned a Ph.D. at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

John K DavisJohn K. Davis was appointed dean of the College of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. A professor of education at the university, Dr. Davis previously served as interim dean, associate dean, and chair of the Division of Teacher Education. He has been on the university’s faculty for 20 years.

Professor Davis is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in journalism. He holds a master’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


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