Two Black Women Scholars Taking on New Duties at State Universities

Melynda J. Price has been named the first woman and first African-American director of the John R. Gaines Center for Humanities at the University of Kentucky. She will also hold the John R. Gaines Endowed Chair in the Humanities at the university. Dr. Price has been serving as the William L. Matthews Jr. Professor of Law and has been a faculty member at the university since 2006.

Price is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas where she majored in physics. She holds a juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

Nefertiti Walker has been named the inaugural associate dean for an inclusive organization in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is an associate professor of sport management and had been serving as the school’s director of diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in sport management and an MBA both from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, as well as a Ph.D. in sport management from the University of Florida.

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