Three African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Rodney Lyn, professor in the department of health policy and behavioral sciences at Georgia State University, has been appointed dean of the School of Public Health at the university. Dr. Lyn has been senior associate dean for academic and strategic initiatives since 2018 and interim dean of the School of Public Health since 2019. Dr. Lyn has been on the public health faculty at Georgia State since 2007.

Dr. Lyn is a graduate of what is now St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina, where he majored in biology and physical education. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from Georgia State University.

Kimberly Jacob Arriola, executive associate dean for academic affairs in the Rollins School of Public Health and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences at Emory University, has been appointed dean of the Laney Graduate School. She will assume her new duties on September 1. Dr. Arriola also will join the Office of the Provost leadership team as vice provost for graduate affairs.

Dr. Arriola is a summa cum laude graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a master of public health degree from Emory University and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Northeastern University in Boston.

Robert Williams was appointed dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies at California State University, East Bay in Hayward. He has been serving as associate dean in the Graduate College of Education at San Francisco State University.

Dr. Williams grew up in St. Louis and completed his bachelor’s degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri–Columbia.

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