Three African American Women Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, recently hired Gwenda Richburg Greene to serve as the founding dean of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education, and Integrative Learning. She will be in charge of the educational institution’s first graduate programs as it transitions to university status next spring. Previously, Dr. Greene served as the director of the honors program and professor of English at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

Dr. Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre and speech from Columbia College in South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in English education from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in educational leadership systems from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.

Henrietta Williams Pichon, interim dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Education, has been named interim dean of the new College of Health, Education and Social Transformation effective July 1. She has led the College of Education since last year.

Dr. Pichon holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in secondary English education from Louisiana Tech. She earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration at the University of New Orleans.

Versie Johnson-Mallard was named dean of the College of Nursing at Kent State University in Ohio. Since 2018, Johnson-Mallard has been the associate dean at the University of Florida, College of Nursing. Earlier, she served on the nursing faculty at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Johnson-Mallard received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida A&M University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.


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