Archive for February, 2017

Kim Hunter Reed Appointed to Lead the Colorado Department of Higher Education

Kim Hunter Reed Appointed to Lead the Colorado Department of Higher Education

Dr. Reed served as under secretary of education for postsecondary diversity and inclusion in the Obama administration. She also served as head of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

A Persistent Racial Disparity for Adults Who Receive Flu Shots

A Persistent Racial Disparity for Adults Who Receive Flu Shots

The statistics show that 39 percent of African American adults get annual flu shots compared to nearly half of White American adults. Furthermore, the data shows that efforts to address the racial disparity have had little effect.

Former Obama Cabinet Official to Lead The Education Trust

Former Obama Cabinet Official to Lead The Education Trust

John B. King, who served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education at the end of the Obama administration, has been appointed president of The Education Trust. Before joining the Department of Education in 2015, Dr. King was commissioner of education for the state of New York.

White House Ambassadors Call for Less Turnover of HBCU Leaders

White House Ambassadors Call for Less Turnover of HBCU Leaders

The students’ letter calls for trustees to put “personal agendas and self-serving aside” and to “keep the best interests of all students at the center of all decision making” regarding the employment status of HBCU presidents.

New Appointments for Three Black Scholars

New Appointments for Three Black Scholars

Taking on new duties are Joanne Berger-Sweeney, a professor and president at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Brenda Marie Osbey at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, and William Hart at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Alabama State University Becomes Home to International Journal

Alabama State University Becomes Home to International Journal

Alabama State University has announced that the International Journal of Africana Studies will now be housed at the university. The journal is a publication of the National Council for Black Studies.

Alabama State University Scholar Wins Best Book of the Year Award

Alabama State University Scholar Wins Best Book of the Year Award

Jacqueline Allen Trimble, chair of the department of languages and literatures at Alabama State University in Montgomery was named as the recipient of the Seven Sister Book Award for the best book of the year.

South Carolina State University to Offer New MBA Program in North Charleston

South Carolina State University to Offer New MBA Program in North Charleston

Historically Black South Carolina State University has announced that it will offer an MBA program with a healthcare management concentration. Designed for professionals, classes will be held in the evening and on weekends as well as online.

New Administrative Roles for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Roles for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In Memoriam: Courtney Salters Henderson, 1975-2017

In Memoriam: Courtney Salters Henderson, 1975-2017

A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Salters Henderson joined the staff at Vanderbilt University in 1998 as an admissions counselor. In 2005 she was appointed director of student organizations and served in that post at the time of her death.

University of Oregon Decides Not to Rename a Building Honoring a Supporter of Slavery

University of Oregon Decides Not to Rename a Building Honoring a Supporter of Slavery

Deady Hall is named after Matthew Deady, a legislator, university regent, and federal judge, who was a supporter of the institution of slavery. The renaming of the building was included in a set of 13 demands made by the Black Student Task Force in the fall of 2015.

West Virginia University Seeking Copies of Lost African American Newspapers

West Virginia University Seeking Copies of Lost African American Newspapers

The West Virginia and Regional History Center at West Virginia University is seeking copies of three African American newspapers that were published in Huntington, West Virginia, in the early twentieth century. There are no known copies of these newspapers.

More Accolades for the Books of Carole Boston Weatherford

More Accolades for the Books of Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford, a professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, has been selected to receive the Randolph Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Book Award from the American Library Association.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

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