Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

C. Debra M. Furr-Holden was named the next dean of the  School of Global Public Health at New York University, effective July 1. An epidemiologist and public health professional with expertise in health disparities and health equity research, policy and practice, drug and alcohol dependence epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology, and prevention science, Professor Furr-Holden comes to NYU from Michigan State University, where she is the C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, associate dean for Public Health Integration, and the director of the NIH-funded Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions at MSU’s College of Human Medicine.

Dr. Furr-Holden is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in Baltimore. She earned a Ph.D. from what is now the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.

Charles W. Richardson, Jr. has been selected as dean for the College of Business and Public Affairs at Alabama A&M University, effective May 15. Dr. Richardson has served as a faculty member and administrator at several institutions, including HBCUs Alcorn State University, Claflin University, and Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Richardson is a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City, where he majored in mathematics. He holds a master’s degree in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, an MBA from New York University, and a doctoral degree in marketing and international business from Pace University in New York City.

Kimberly R. Moffitt is the new dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Moffitt, a professor of language, literacy, and culture and affiliate professor of Africana studies, has served as interim dean since August 2020. Professor Moffet is co-editor of four books including Gladiators in Suits: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Representation in Scandal (Syracuse University Press, 2019).

Dr. Moffitt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a master’s degree in communication from Boston University, and a doctorate in mass communication and media studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Richard L. Moss was selected to serve as dean of the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College School of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in North Little Rock. Since 2015, Dr. Moss has served as the director of STEM success at the college. He has been on the staff at the college since 2009.

Dr. Moss holds a bachelor’s degree n political science and a master of public administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He earned a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Arkansas.


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