Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Manica Finch is the new dean of enrollment management at Harris Stow-State University in St. Louis. She was associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Earlier, she was director of admissions and recruitment at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Dr. Finch is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. She earned a master’s degree in higher education and a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Capella University.

Martin Smith is the new dean of academic affairs for the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Smith, who came to Duke in 2016, is an assistant professor of the practice and is the director of the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies in education from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tresmaine R. Grimes was appointed dean of the Dyson School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education at Pace University in New York. She was a professor of psychology, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of faculty at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. Earlier, she taught at Iona College in New York and South Carolina State University.

Dr. Grimes is a graduate of Yale University, where she double-majored in Afro-American studies and psychology. She earned a master’s degree in psychology at The New School in New York City and later earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in developmental psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University.

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