Four African Americans Scholars Appointed to University Dean Positions

Trisha Clement-Montgomery, who has served as acting dean of students at the University of Kentucky since September, has been named permanently to the position. Prior to being named interim dean, Dr. Clement-Montgomery served in multiple leadership roles at the University of Kentucky including director of residence life.

Dr. Clement-Montgomery is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in educational psychology and a doctoral degree in higher education leadership from the University of Kentucky.

Darryl Scriven has been appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He was the dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education as well as the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Dr. Scriven is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and philosophy/religion from Florida A&M University. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Purdue University.

Denise Stephens was appointed dean of libraries at the University of Oklahoma. She has been serving as vice provost and university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. Earlier, she was university librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Stephens holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of library and information science degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Rhea Ballard-Thrower has recently been appointed University Librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her appointment, Ballard-Thrower was executive director of the Howard University Libraries and a tenured professor at the Howard University School of Law.

Professor Ballard-Thrower holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, a master of information and library studies degree from the University of Michigan, and a juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law.


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  1. Paula J Martin says:

    Want to congratulate Trisha Clement-Montgomery who used to work as an academic advisor at our non-profit organization, Harlem Center for Education, that I directed.

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