Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Shannon Mathews will be the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne in California. She will take office on January 1. Dr. Mathews most recently served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and professor of social and behavioral sciences at Savannah State University in Georgia. Prior to that, she worked at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, where she served in various administrative roles.

Dr. Matthews is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she majored in anthropology. She earned a master’s degree in medical anthropology and her Ph.D. in gerontology from the University of Kentucky.

Rochelle Gilbert was appointed dean of student affairs at Walden University. She joined the staff at Walden in 2010 and served most recently as senior director of academic residencies.

Dr. Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Northeast Louisiana University. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Louisiana Monroe.

Bruce A. Johnson is the new dean of mathematics and sciences at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. He had been serving as the associate dean of STEM at the college. Previously he served as the dean of curriculum programs at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in Ahoskie, North Carolina.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He earned a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education administration at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.


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