A Quartet of Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Vanessa Williams will serve as the 2020-2021 Dean’s Scholar-in-Residence in the department of music and performing arts professions at New York University. Williams has received 11 Grammy nominations, one Tony nomination, four Emmy nominations, and three SAG Award nominations.

Williams is a graduate of Syracuse University in New York. In 1983, Williams was the first African American woman to be named Miss America.

Bonzo Reddick is the new chair of community medicine at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. He has been serving as associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion and professor of community medicine and family medicine on the school’s Savannah campus.

Dr. Reddick is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta and the Morehouse School of Medicine. He holds a master of public health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Miriam Merrill was named professor and chair of the department of physical education at Pomona College and director of athletics for Pomona and Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, California. She has been serving as the associate director of athletics at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

Dr. Merrill is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she was an All-American in track. She holds a Ph.D. in the psychology of human movement from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Titichia M. Jackson was named an assistant professor of lawyering skills and director of academic success and bar passage at Penn State Dickinson Law School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She was director of bar preparation and support for the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Jackson is a graduate of Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She earned a juris doctorate at North Carolina Central University.

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