Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Roger A. Mitchell, Jr. was appointed chair of the department of pathology at Howard University in Washington, D.C., effective March 1, 2021. Dr. Mitchell recently served as interim deputy mayor for public safety and justice and chief medical examiner for the District of Columbia.

Dr. Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree from Howard University and his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School in Newark.

Karine Gibbs was named an associate professor of plant and microbial biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She was an associate professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University.

Dr. Gibbs is a graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in biochemical sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at Stanford University.

Marie-Carmelle Elie has been named chair of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Elie has been serving as an associate professor in the Division of Critical Care at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Elie earned a bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and her medical degree from the Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York in Brooklyn.

Tia N. Dumas has been appointed associate dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University in South Carolina. She was assistant dean for professional development and inclusive excellence at the Graduate School. She holds a clinical faculty appointment in the department of educational and organizational leadership development.

Dr. Dumas earned her Ph.D. in counseling and personnel services at the University of Louisville.

Twanda Young, who recently retired as a brigadier general from the U.S. Army, was named executive-in-residence at historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland. At the time of her retirement, she was deputy commanding general for the Army’s Human Resources Command, the nation’s largest human resources organization. She will teach organizational leadership to students in the College of Business.

General Young is a graduate of Claflin University in South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in adult education and a master’s degree in executive development from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. General Young also earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.


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