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Four Black Women Who Are Stepping Down From Their University Posts

Sandra J. DeLoatch, the founding chair of the department of computer science at Norfolk State University in Virginia, has retired after teaching for more than 40 years. During her time on the faculty, she served as dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and as acting president of the university.

Dr. DeLoatch holds master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University.

Iris Rosa, the inaugural director of the African American Dance Company at Indiana University in Bloomington will retire this month after 40 years at the university. She also serves as a professor and director of undergraduate programs for the department of African American and African diaspora studies.

Rosa has appointed director of the African American Dance Company at the university in 1974. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in dance from Indiana University.

Jean Hampton, chair of the department of health sciences in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Texas Southern University in Houston, is retiring. Dr. Hampton has served on the faculty at the university for 37 years.

Dr. Hampton was the first student to earn a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology at Texas Southern University.

Branwen Smith-King, the assistant director of athletics at Tufts University, has announced her retirement after 35 years at the university. She has served as assistant athletic director for the past 17 years and also served as head coach of the women’s cross country and track and field teams.

A native of Bermuda, Smith-King is a graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts. While studying for a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University, she was offered the head coaching job for women’s track and field at Tufts in 1982.


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