Three African Americans Who Have Been Named to Endowed Positions at Universities

Jeffrey A. Robinson was named to the Prudential Chair in Business at Rutgers University in New Jersey, a chair established through a gift from Prudential Financial Inc. The professorship aims to advance a multidisciplinary approach to business education with a focus on science and technology, ethics, and social justice. Dr. Robinson has been serving as an associate professor at Rutgers Business School and academic director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.

Dr. Robinson graduated from Rutgers University with bachelor’s degrees in urban planning and civil engineering. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree and a Ph.D.  in management from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York City.

Jacqueline Goldsby has been appointed the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies and English at Yale University. Dr. Goldsby joined the Yale faculty in 2011 after teaching at New York University, the University of Chicago, and Cornell University. Professor Goldsby is the author of A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Professor Goldsby earned a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University.

Adrian Epps has been installed as the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Endowed Dean’s Chair at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Dr. Epps was named dean of Bagwell College in May after previously serving as interim dean for a year. Earlier, Dr. Epps served as an associate dean in the College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State for 12 years before serving as the interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Dalton State College.

Dr. Epps earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in African and African American studies and a master’s degree in science education from Emory University in Atlanta. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University.


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