Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Michelle Knight-Manuel has been appointed dean of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She has been serving as a professor of education at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Knight-Manuel is the co-author of College-Ready: Preparing Black and Latina/o Students for Higher Education – A Culturally Relevant Approach (Teachers College Press, 2013).

Dr. Knight-Manuel is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she majored in French. She holds a master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rolston St. Hilaire has been named the new dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State University, effective September 15. Dr. St. Hilaire previously spent 24 years in the department of plant and environmental sciences at New Mexico State University, where he served as chair since June 2016.

Professor St. Hilaire holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. He earned a Ph.D. at Iowa State University.

Anderson Sunda-Meya, Norwood Endowed Professor of Physics, was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He has been serving as interim dean since July 2021.

Dr. Sunda-Meya arrived at Xavier University of Louisiana in 2007 as an assistant professor. He is a graduate of College Bonsomi in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Professor Sunda-Meya earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in condensed matter and materials physics at North Carolina State University.


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