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Two African American Men In New Faculty Posts in Higher Education

Theaster Gates was named visiting artist and director of artist initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The appointment is for three years.

Gates is best known for creating sculptures with discarded materials, and his art has been displayed around the world, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Gallery of Art. He has been on the faculty at the University of Chicago since 2007. Professor Gates holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University and a second master’s degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Tryan L. McMickens was promoted to associate professor of higher education at Suffolk University in Boston University. He was also granted tenure. Dr. McMickens also serves as the director of the Administration of Higher Education Program and the Disability Services in Higher Education Certificate Program at the university.

Dr. McMickens is a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama, where he majored in business administration with a concentration in sales and marketing. He holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Suffolk University and an educational doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.


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