Three African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Venetria K. Patton was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was the head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University in  West Lafayette, Indiana. Earlier, she was an associate professor of English and of African American studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction (State University of New York Press, 1999).

Dr. Patton is a graduate of the University of La Verne in California, where she majored in literature. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, Riverside.

Michelle Corley was named dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She was a professor of animal molecular immunogenetics at Virginia State University.

Dr. Corley earned a bachelor’s degree in animal and poultry science and a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition and rumen microbiology from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She earned a Ph.D. in avian molecular immunology and virology from Auburn University in Alabama.

Toneyce S. Randolph is the new vice president and dean of academic services at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She was the chief academic officer at Concorde Career College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Randolph is a graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Memphis and a doctorate in education from Northcentral University.


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