A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Sonja S. Watson was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas Cristian University in Fort Worth. She will begin her new duties in May. Dr. Watson is currently associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the former director of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature from the University of Tennessee.

Dorsey Spencer Jr. has been named dean of students at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He will take up his new duties on June 1. He currently serves as director of administration in the office of the vice president for student affairs at Florida State University.

Dr. Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Rosita Sands was selected as dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College in Chicago. She has been serving as interim dean since 2018. Prior to her tenure at Columbia College, which began in 2000, she served as coordinator of music education at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and graduate coordinator and director of music education at California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Sands, who holds an educational doctorate, previously chaired the department of music and was the executive director of the Center for Black Music Research at the college.


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