Two Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans


Simone Cummings is the new dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Earlier, she was associate dean of academic quality assurance and an associate professor of business at the school. Dean Cummings joined the faculty at Webster University in 2013.

Dr. Cummings holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in health administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a Ph.D. in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Yolanda Pierce was appointed dean of the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. When she takes office on July 24, she will be the first woman to serve as dean in the 150-year history of the divinity school. Dr. Pierce has been serving as the Elmer C. Homrighausen Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and director of the Black Church Studies program at the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey.

Dr. Pierce is a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in English and religion. She holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in religion and literature from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.


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