A Trio of Black Scholars Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities in the South

Coray Davis, a professor of engineering, was appointed associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He has been serving as an American Council of Education Fellow at North Carolina A&T State University.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where he majored in mechanical engineering. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Terrell L. Strayhorn was named professor of urban education and interim vice president for academic affairs at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2014 he was promoted to full professor in the department of educational studies at Ohio State University. At that time he was the youngest full professor at Ohio State.

Professor Strayhorn is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He holds a master’s degree from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and an educational doctorate from Virginia Tech. He is the author of several books including  Theoretical Frameworks in College Student Research (University Press of America/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).

Lydia Thompson was appointed professor and chair of the department of art and art history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was a professor and director of the School of Art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Professor Thompson holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio State University and a master of fine arts degree from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University in New York.


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  1. Dr. Brenda James Fairfax says:

    Love reading this information … our children should see professionals that look like them … the sky’s the limit!

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