Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to University Dean Positions

Martine Kei Green-Rogers was appointed dean of The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, effective July 1. She has been serving as the interim dean of the Division of Liberal Arts at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. Dr. Green-Rogers has previously taught at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Kenyon College in Ohio, Sam Houston State University in Texas, and the University of Utah. Her research focuses on violence in African American theatre, African diaspora theatre, gender and race in American theatre, and issues of sustainability in the theatre.

Dr. Green-Rogers is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University, where she majored in theater. She holds a master’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in theater and drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michael Abazinge was appointed dean of the School of the Environment at Florida A&M University. He joined the faculty at the university in 1988 and currently serves as a professor in the School of the Environment.

Professor Abazinge earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Florida A&M University. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in physiology and nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg.

Pero G. Dagbovie was named associate provost for graduate and postdoctoral studies and dean of the Graduate School at Michigan State University. The appointment will be effective April 22. Dr. Dagbovie is a University Distinguished Professor in the department of history and an associate dean in the Graduate School. He is currently the editor of The Journal of African American History. Professor Dagbovie is the author of several books including Reclaiming the Black Past:  The Use and Misuse of African American History in the Twenty-First Century (Verso Books, 2018).

Dr. Dagbovie holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all from Michigan State University.


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