Three African American Scholars Who Have Retired from High-Level University Positions

Martha Lue Stewart, a professor of education at the University of Central Florida, has retired. She served on the faculty at the university for more than 30 years and was the first Black woman promoted to the rank of professor at the university.

The daughter of a sharecropper, Dr. Stewart earned a bachelor’s in speech-language pathology at Florida A&M University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and a doctorate in special education administration from the University of Florida.

Rahim Reed, the associate executive vice chancellor for campus community relations at the University of California, Davis, has retired. He joined the staff at the university in 2001. Earlier he spent 14 yers at the University of Florida as assistant dean for student and minority affairs in the College of Law and then as director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

A native of Pennsylvania, Reed holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Black studies and master’s degrees in social work and public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a juris doctorate at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Roland Smith, associate provost and adjunct professor of sociology at Rice University in Houston, Texas, has retired. Dr. Smith joined Rice 25 years ago after spending more than two decades at the University of Notre Dame as an associate professor of sociology. He was also the founding director of the Center for Educational Opportunity and the executive assistant to the president at the University of Notre Dame.

A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from Bowie State University in Maryland. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana University and a doctorate in education from Harvard University.


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