Four Black Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Onye P. Ozuzu will be the next dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida. Since 2015, she has been dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College in Chicago. Earlier, she was chair of the department of dance at the college.

Professor Ozuzu holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master of fine arts degree in dance and choreography from Florida State University.

Nerita Hughes was appointed dean of business, technology, career programs, and workforce development at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She has been serving as director of workforce development for Ramsey County in Minnesota. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hughes was director of professional development and training at North Hennepin Community College.

Dr. Hughes is a graduate of National American University, based in Rapid City, South Dakota. She earned an educational doctorate at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona.

Ryan Smith was named dean of students at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. He had been serving as professor of social work and dean of enrollment and career services at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Oakwood University. He earned a master of social work degree at Alabama A&M University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Lenora Campbell was appointed dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. She has served as interim dean since August 2016. Earlier, she was associate dean and professor in the Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Dr. Campbell is a graduate of Florida A&M University. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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