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Howard University Appoints Two Black Scholars to Dean Positions

John M. M. Anderson is the new dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture. Dr. Anderson most recently served as interim dean of the College of Engineering after holding various positions of increasing responsibility within the college since joining the university in 2002 as an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Prior to joining Howard University, Dr. Anderson was an associate professor at the University of Florida and also served as a program director at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. He holds three U.S. patents.

“I am honored to be appointed as dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture and excited to have the opportunity to continue working with my faculty and staff colleagues, university leadership, and the alumni and friends of our college. Together, we will advance our research enterprise ​and elevate our capacity to provide an impactful academic experience that further prepares our graduates to become global leaders and make valued contributions to society as engineers, computer scientists, and architects,” Dr. Anderson said.

Professor Anderson completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He earned a master’s ​degree in electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Virginia.

Anthony D. Wilbon was appointed the fourth dean of the Howard University School of Business. Dr. Wilbon has served on the staff at the Howard University School of Business since 2011 and most recently served as associate dean of academic affairs and administration.

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Wilbon stated that “we face a world with constantly evolving environmental challenges and higher education must transform itself to incorporate broader collaborations, dynamic curriculum, innovative pedagogy, and more engaging scholarly research. As an alum of Howard’s MBA program, I have a vested interest in seeing us expand our strategic position as we continue to be an important contributor to business education in the global community.”

Prior to joining Howard University, Dr. Wilbon was an associate professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore where he also served as principal investigator of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration-funded Environmental Cooperative Science Center in collaboration with Florida A&M University.

Dr. Wilbon holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. He earned an MBA at Howard University School of Business, and a P.D. in management of science, technology and innovation at George Washington University.


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  1. Dr. Carlos Minor says:

    Congrats to my fraternity brother, Dr. Wilbon. I enjoyed your novel and hope that you publish another at some point.

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