Two Black Scholars Are Finalists for Dean of Education at the University of Missouri Kansas City

umkc_webThe University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced a field of four finalists for the position of dean of the School of Education. All of the candidates have recently visited campus for interviews and presentations. Two of the four finalists are African Americans.

Keith B. WilsonKeith B. Wilson is a professor in the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Wilson served as dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the university. Before joining the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Professor Wilson taught at Pennsylvania State University. A graduate of Wilberforce University in Ohio, Dr. Wilson holds a master’s degree from Kent State University in Ohio and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Pitre PhotoAbul A. Pitre is a professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and counseling at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He is co-editor of Multicultural Education for Educational Leaders: Critical Race Theory and Antiracist Perspectives (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014). Before joining the faculty at Prairie View A&M University, Professor Pitre taught at Southern University in New Orleans, Louisiana State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Fayetteville State University, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Carter G. Woodson Professor. Dr. Pitre holds a master’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Colorado State University.


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