Two African American Women Named Provosts at Universities in North Carolina

Farrah Jackson Ward has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. She has been serving in the role on an interim basis. In 2007, Dr. Ward joined the faculty at the university as the associate director for the Computational Science and Scientific Visualization Center. She went on to serve as coordinator of the master’s degree program in mathematics, coordinator of the mathematics education program, chair of the department of mathematics and computer science, and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Dr. Ward is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in mathematics from North Carolina State University.

Wanda Coneal has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She assumed her new duties on May 27, 2019. Prior to her new appointment, Dr. Coneal had been serving as dean of the School of Humanities, Education, Social, and Behavioral Sciences at the university since 2017. Before that, she was a tenured faculty member and had served as interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies, among other positions at North Carolina Central University.

Dr. Coneal is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in human resources administration from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in education and human development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.


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