Two African American Women Announce They Are Leaving Their Posts

Jacqueline Royster, dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the Ivan Allen Jr. Dean’s Chair in Liberal Arts and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has announced she will step down from her position on August 31, 2019. She has served as dean of the college since 2010. Under her leadership, the college has seen enrollment growth, new degree and program offerings, the creation of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage, and continued growth in research centers and sponsored research.

Dr. Royster is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a master’s degree and doctor of arts degree both in English from the University of Michigan.

Peggy Bradford, president of Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois, has announced she will retire in June 2019. She has served as president for the past two years. Her appointment made her the first woman and first African-American to lead the community college. During her tenure, the college established permanent extension centers in Cairo and Vienna.

Dr. Bradford holds a bachelor’s degree in counseling and administration and a master’s degree in administration and community development from Southern Illinois University, a juris doctorate in corporate and business planning law from the University of Iowa, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Northern Illinois University.


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