New Appointments for Three Black Scholars

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, a professor of neuroscience and president of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, was named co-chair of a working group of public and independent institutions of higher education to develop a plan to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Connecticut.

Before being named the 22nd president of Trinity College in 2014, Dr. Berger-Sweeney was dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dr. Berger-Sweeney is a 1979 graduate of Wellesley College. She holds a master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Brenda Marie Osbey was named a Distinguished Visiting Professor in English and world languages and cultures at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She is the former Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Professor Osbey is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky.

William Hart, the holder of the Margaret W. Harmon Chair in Christian Theology and Culture at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, was granted tenure.

Dr. Hart is a graduate of the University of Arizona. He holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in New Jersey.

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