Two African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Keith M. Howard has been named the next dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, effective January 9, 2023. He has been serving as associate provost for faculty affairs, dean of the faculty, chair of the department of biology, and director of academic Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Dr. Howard said he was excited to partner and collaborate with the university’s “dedicated and dynamic faculty, staff, and extension members in the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology who have a shared vision of increasing minority student participation in careers encompassing agriculture, family sciences, and technology. In this regard, I view myself as a servant-leader who will champion support to assist them in this effort.”

Dr. Howard is a graduate of Delaware State University where he majored in botany and plant biology. He holds a master’s degree in plant pathology from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Ohio State University.

Dorothy E. Mosby has accepted an appointment as dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She will assume this role in June 2023.

Dr. Mosby is the Mary E. Woolley Professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She joined the Mount Holyoke community in 2003. Dr. Mosby was named associate dean of faculty in 2016 and recently completed a two-year term as interim dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs. Dr.Mosby’s research focuses on Afro-Hispanic, Caribbean identity, and African diaspora literature and culture. She is the author of two books  Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature (University of Missouri Press, 2003) and Quince Duncan. Writing Afro-Costa Rican and Caribbean Identity (University of Alabama Press, 2014).

Professor Mosbey is a graduate of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia.


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