Archive for July, 2016

New Assignments for Four Black Faculty Members

New Assignments for Four Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Sandra Barnes at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, T. Elon Dancy II at the University of Oklahoma, Lorenzo M. Boyd at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Horace Campbell of Syracuse University in New York.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s.

In Memoriam: Joseph Pree Ramsey Jr., 1951-2016

In Memoriam: Joseph Pree Ramsey Jr., 1951-2016

Joseph Ramsey Jr. was former director of athletics and former chair of the Sports Hall of Fame at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Olufunke A. Fontenot to Serve as Provost at Albany State University

Olufunke A. Fontenot to Serve as Provost at Albany State University

Dr. Fontenot has been serving as a professor of criminal justice and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

The First Black Woman Chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees

The First Black Woman Chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees

Dr. Harris is the former director of health services for Fulton County, Georgia, and the former medical director for the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Two African American Scholars Are Leaving Their University Posts

Two African American Scholars Are Leaving Their University Posts

Jake Kirkland Jr. is retiring after 30 years as an administrator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Noelle Hunter is leaving her post at Moorhead State University in Kentucky to become the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

Three African American Men Named to Positions as Deans

Three African American Men Named to Positions as Deans

The new deans are Eugene Williams at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, Farrell J. Webb at California State University, Northridge, and Alan P. Hill at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

The Pew Research Center Releases New Study of Race Relations in the United States

The Pew Research Center Releases New Study of Race Relations in the United States

More than 80 percent of Blacks who have attended college say that they personally have been discriminated against due to their race. Less than 60 percent of Blacks who have not enrolled in college say they personally have faced racial discrimination.

The New President of South Carolina State University

The New President of South Carolina State University

James E. Clark was named the 12th president of South Carolina State University. Clark, a successful businessman, has been a member of the board of trustees of South Carolina State University for the past year. He has also been chair of the University of South Carolina Research Foundation for the past three years.

University of Houston Researcher Examines Death Ideation Among Black Children

University of Houston Researcher Examines Death Ideation Among Black Children

A new study led by Rheeda Walker, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston, finds that about one third of African American children had thoughts of death or dying. Death ideation can be a predictor of suicide.

Willie Larkin Steps Down as President of Grambling State University

Willie Larkin Steps Down as President of Grambling State University

After just less than one year in office as the ninth president of Grambling State University in Louisiana, Willie D. Larkin has resigned his post. While President Larkin resigned, his comments appear to show that he was being forced out of his position.

University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in State Judgeship Appointments

University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in State Judgeship Appointments

The authors assembled a database of more than 10,000 state judges who hear about 90 percent of all court cases in the United States, according to the authors. They found that only seven states had a judiciary that mirrored the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s population.

Haywood B. Joiner Jr. to Lead Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Haywood B. Joiner Jr. to Lead Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Dr. Joiner, who will become interim chancellor in late August, is chair of the department of allied health at the university. He has also been serving as interim chair of the department of business administration at the Alexandria campus.

The New Director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University

The New Director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University

Gena Flynn is the new director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She was director of academic support at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Flynn served on the staff at Columbia College in Chicago.

Accrediting Agency Updates Status of Two Alabama HBCUs

Accrediting Agency Updates Status of Two Alabama HBCUs

Alabama State University in Montgomery was removed from accreditation warning status by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Tuskegee University will remain on warning status for another year.

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

The appointees are Norm Jones at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Loretta McDonald at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Keith W. McIntosh at the University of Richmond in Virginia, and Parris Carter at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Voorhees College to Offer a New Bachelor's Degree Program in Psychology

Voorhees College to Offer a New Bachelor’s Degree Program in Psychology

The new major will focus on providing students with the opportunity to understand major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology and to familiarize them with research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Award Named After Black Scholar at Texas A&M University

Award Named After Black Scholar at Texas A&M University

The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education has created an award to honor Christine A. Stanley, the vice president and associate provost for diversity and professor of higher education administration in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.

Florida A&M University to Build a New Living / Learning Community

Florida A&M University to Build a New Living / Learning Community

The new living/learning community will be the sixth such residence at the university. It will provide housing for 440 students. Living/learning communities house students with similar majors or interests.

Five Black Scholars Are Taking on New Assignments

Five Black Scholars Are Taking on New Assignments

Jose Cossa is joining the faculty at Vanderbilt. Michael Woods at Hamilton College and Dean E. Robinson at the University of Massachusetts were named to endowed professorships. Derek Conrad Murray of the University of California, Santa Cruz was named to an editorial board and UConn’s Michael Bradford was named chair of dramatic arts.

In Memoriam: Austin Chesterfield Clarke, 1934-2016

In Memoriam: Austin Chesterfield Clarke, 1934-2016

Clarke was a native of Barbados. He came to Canada in 1955 to study at the University of Toronto. The author of 11 novels, he taught at Yale University, Duke University, and the University of Texas.