Three African Americans Are Retiring From High-Level Posts at Major Universities
Filed in Resignations on May 4, 2016
Virginia Caples who has served in numerous capacities at Alabama A&M University over the past 38 years, has retired. She has served as interim president, provost and vice president for academic affairs, associate dean, distinguished university professor, and 1890 administrator.
Dr. Caples is a graduate of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
John H. Bracey Jr. is retiring as chair of the Afro-American studies department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor Bracey is the editor or co-editor of more than a dozen books including African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965 (University of Massachusetts Press, 1997).
During the 1960s, Professor Bracey was active in the civil rights, Black liberation, and other radical movements in Chicago. He then taught at Northern Illinois University and the University of Rochester before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts in 1972.
Floyd Kerr, director of athletics at Morgan State University in Baltimore, has announced his retirement at the end of the current academic year. He became the university’s eighth athletics director in 2005. Earlier, he was director of athletics at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Kerr is a graduate of Colorado State University, where he was an All-American in basketball. He was drafted by teams in professional basketball and football.