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Three African Americans Who Are Stepping Down From Their Posts in Higher Education

Karla Broadus, a senior lecturer and the director of the African American studies program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is retiring after 24 years of serving as a faculty member at the university. She joined the faculty in 1996 and has led the Black studies program since 2016.

Broadus earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from Southern Illinois University before attending Pepperdine University for her first master’s degree in education. Broadus later earned her second master’s degree in literacy education and educational leadership and administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

David W. Robinson-Morris is stepping down from his positions at Xavier University in New Orleans, effective December 31. He serves as the assistant vice president of development in the Division of Institutional Advancement; the founding director of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit; and as an assistant professor in the Division of Education. He is leaving the academic world to take a position developing strategy and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare for a statewide nonprofit healthcare organization in Louisiana.

Dr. Robinson-Morris holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and research with a dual concentration in higher education administration and curriculum theory from Louisiana State Univerity.

Ishmell Edwards, vice president for college relations and director of athletics at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, will retire on June 1, 2021. During a career spanning half a century, Edwards has also served as director of student activities, associate dean of students, dean of student affairs, and director of development.

Dr. Edwards first arrived at Rust College in 1967 as a freshman student. He graduated from Rust in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in social science and immediately began working for Rust College as assistant director of the physical plant. Dr. Edwards went on to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Mississippi.


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