Four New African American Deans
Filed in Appointments on August 9, 2016
Twyla Cummings was promoted to dean of graduate education at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She was the senior associate dean for graduate studies and faculty research at the university. She has been on the faculty at RIT for 17 years.
Dr. Cummings holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in business and industrial management from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She earned a Ph.D. in business management from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.
Frank Stevenson is the new dean of students at Tennessee State University in Nashville. He joined the administration at Tennessee State University in 2014 as director of strategic populations in the Division of Student Affairs. Earlier he was the executive director of the Drexel Preparatory Academy in Nashville.
Stevenson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he majored in political science. He holds a master of public administration degree from Murray State University in Kentucky and is currently studying for a doctorate in public administration at Tennessee State University.
Bernard Keels was appointed the inaugural dean of Memorial Chapel at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He has been director of the Chapel since 2008 and serves as an adjunct professor in the department of philosophy and religion at the university.
The Memorial Chapel was formerly known at the Morgan Christian Center but was renamed when the university took control of the property in 2009.
Rebecca Crocker McMullen was appointed interim dean of the College of Education at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. She was a professor of teacher education and coordinator of special education programs at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
Dr. McMullen is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where she majored in special education. She holds a master’s degree from Augusta Regents University and a doctorate in teacher preparation and learning disabilities from Georgia State University.