African Americans Appointed to Dean Positions at Three Universities

Earnstein Dukes was announced as the new dean of the University Library at Texas Tech University. She started her career at the university as a systems librarian in 2002 and was later served as associate dean of libraries for 11 years. Dukes was named interim dean earlier this year. Earlier in her career, she held library posts at the University of Memphis and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dukes received a bachelor’s degree at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. She holds a master of library science degree from Clark Atlanta University.

Oscar Barton was appointed the new dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He has been serving as professor and founding chair of the department of mechanical engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He joined the faculty there in the fall of2014, after completing a 22-year career at the U.S. Naval Academy.

A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Barton received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University in Alabama and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Jacqueline Hill was appointed dean of the School of Education and associate provost for continuing and professional education at Florida Memorial University. Dr. Hill previously served as associate provost of academic affairs for Miami Dade College.

Dr. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in public health administration and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis. She earned a doctorate in curriculum and leadership from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.


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