Two African American Women Appointed to Provost Positions

Gloria Oikelome was appointed provost and vice president of academic affairs at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She will take office on October 22.

Delaware Valley University enrolls more than 1,700 undergraduate students and more than 400 graduate students, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 9 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Most recently, Dr. Oikelome served as vice president of academic affairs at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Earlier, she held academic leadership roles at Reading Area Community College and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and the University of York (Hull York Medical School) in England.

Dr. Oikelome is a graduate of Bethel University, where she majored in biology. She earned a master’s degree in science education and cell and molecular biology from Long Island University in New York and a doctorate in higher education administration from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. She also holds a Ph.D. degree in organizational leadership from Eastern University in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania.

Antoinette A. Coleman is the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.

Medgar Evers College, which is a campus of the City University of New York, enrolls just over 4,100 students, according to the the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Education. Women make up 74 percent of the student body and African Americans are 74 percent of the student body.

Dr. Coleman has been serving as the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Maryland. Prior to her service at the University System of Maryland, Dr. Coleman served as assistant vice president of academic affairs and professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Dr. Coleman earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in social work from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University in Maryland. She holds a master of social work degree and a Ph.D. in administration, policy, and research from the University of Baltimore School of Social Work.

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