Three Black Women Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Lesley Lokko has been appointed dean of the School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She has been serving as the editor-in-chief of FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary Architecture. Dr. Lokko is the author of 12 novels and is the editor of the book White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture (Athlone Press, 1999).

A native of Scotland who was raised in Ghana, Dr. Lokko was a founder of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a doctorate in architecture from the University of London.

Vanessa Lovelace has been named vice president of academic affairs and dean of the seminary at the Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. She currently serves as an associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Lovelace is a graduate of San Francisco State University. She holds a master of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and a Ph.D. in Bible (Hebrew), Culture, and Hermeneutics from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Robin L. Hughes will be the next dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has been serving as a professor of higher education and a professor of urban education in the School of Education of Indiana University in Indianapolis.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Hughes is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.  She is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she majored in chemistry. Dr. Hughes earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University.


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