Two African American Who Have Been Named to Dean Positions

Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah is the new interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Virginia Union University in Richmond. An associate professor of environmental science and ecology, Dr. Cobb-Abdullah was the director of the Center for STEM Diversity at the university.

Dr. Cobb-Abdullah is a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama. She holds a master’s degree in molecular biology and a Ph.D. in environmental biomolecular sciences from Florida A&M University.

Vincent Mumford was named interim dean of graduate studies at West Liberty University in West Virginia. Since 2019, he was division director for sports management at Central Michigan University.

Mumford earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health, a master’s degree in physical education and a doctoral degree in educational leadership all from the University of Delaware.


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