Louisiana State University: A Leader in Black Male Doctoral Awards

Dr. Melvin (Jai) Jackson

Dr. Melvin (Jai) Jackson

Each year, only about 1,000 African Americans men earn doctoral degrees. Thus, it is noteworthy that this spring four African American men earned their doctoral degrees in one department in the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The four new doctoral recipients in educational leadership and research were under the tutelage of Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner, the Shirley B. Barton Endowed Assistant Professor in education at the university.

Here are brief educational biographies of the four African Americans who earned doctorates in the higher education leadership and research program this spring:

Kourtney Gray holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Vincent Harris is a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama and holds a master’s degree from Ohio University in Athens.

Melvin (Jai) Jackson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He will be an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Benterah Morton earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.


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  1. Ann Li says:

    Congratulations to each of you. Please make the most of your academic achievements. I can’t help but to think their are so many ore of you out there!

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