A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Deans

Karen Brown was appointed dean of the School of Education at the University of the Virgin Islands. She has been interim dean for the past two years. Dr. Brown joined the institution in 2015 as an associate director of the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Brown holds a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Nova Southeastern University and a master of public health degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She earned a Ph.D. in special education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida.

The University of Maryland has named Samuel Graham, Jr. dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, effective October 1. Dr. Graham currently serves as the Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. Chair of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, Graham was a senior member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

Dr. Graham is a graduate of Florida State University. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Belmont University in Nashville has announced the appointment of Tamika Wordlow Williams as its new dean of students. She has been serving as the assistant vice president and dean of students for Rhode Island College.

Dr. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fisk University in Nashville. She earned a master of public administration degree in nonprofit management from the University of Arkansas and a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.


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  1. Xuri Maurice Allen, Ph.D. says:

    Kudos, congratulations and continued success to Dr. Karen Brown in her service and role as Dean of the UVI School of Education! Your appointment is well-deserved.

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