A Trio of African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Roles

Keith McGee has been appointed to serve as the inaugural associate provost for research, innovation, and graduate education at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Dr. McGee recently served as the interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and interim director of graduate studies. Prior to this appointment, he served as the director of the Center for Biotechnology and associate dean for Research and Administration for the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

Dr. McGee is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University, where he majored in biology. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lydia Didia is a new assistant professor of accounting in the College of Business at Jackson State University in Mississippi. A certified public accountant, Dr. Didia taught at Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg for the past four years.

Dr. Didia obtained a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport. She holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Jackson State University.

Charrise M. Barron is a new assistant professor of African studies and music at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Since 2018, she has been a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Religious Studies, Africana Studies, and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Dr. Barron holds a master’s degree from Yale Divinity School and earned a Ph.D. in African and African American studies, with a secondary field of study in ethnomusicology, from Harvard University.


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