Appointments

Tracie Hall Appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association

Tracie Hall Appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The association was founded 143 years ago. Traci Hall will be the first Black woman to lead the association.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Five African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are Kimberly M. Scott at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Gloria Walker at the University of New Orleans, Rodney Chatman at the University of Utah, Sonya Williams at Lake County College in Illinois, and Nicole R. Stokes at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

David Williams II to Be Honored Posthumously by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

The late David Williams II, the former athletic director at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is the 2020 winner of the NCAA president’s Pat Summitt Award. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated devotion to the development of college athletes.

Kishauna Soljour Receives Dissertation Award From the Council of Graduate Schools

Kishauna Soljour Receives Dissertation Award From the Council of Graduate Schools

In 2019, Kishauna E. Soljour became the first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. in History from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York. Her doctorate dissertation was recently honored by the Council of Graduate Schools.

A Trio of African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

A Trio of African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

The three African Americans appointed to new administrative posts are James A. Felton III at The College of New Jersey, Nadirah Pippen at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Cheryl A. Brown at Stanford University.

Former Tennessee State University Faculty Member Given Posthumous Honor

Former Tennessee State University Faculty Member Given Posthumous Honor

The Tennessean, the daily newspaper in Nashville, has named a conference room in its headquarters to honor the late Getahn Ward, a reporter for the paper and an alumnus and adjunct faculty member at historically Black Tennessee State University.

Hampton Honors Dean With More Than 50 Years of Service to the University

Hampton Honors Dean With More Than 50 Years of Service to the University

Jewel B. Long, dean of residence life at Hampton University in Virginia, is stepping down from her post. In recognition of her 54 years of continuous service to the educational institution, Hampton University is naming the lobby of a residence hall in her honor.

University of Georgia's John Mativo Honored by the Society of Automotive Engineers

University of Georgia’s John Mativo Honored by the Society of Automotive Engineers

John M. Mativo, an associate professor in the department of career and information studies in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, was recognized as the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Outstanding Faculty Advisor.

Winston-Salem State University Honors Retiring Chief of Police

Winston-Salem State University Honors Retiring Chief of Police

Patricia Norris stepped down as chief of campus police at Winston-Salem State University on December 31. Her husband, Robert Norris, made a secret donation to the university so that the police and public safety building on campus would be renamed in her honor.

University of Kansas Renames its Integrated Sciences Building for Bernadette Gray-Little

University of Kansas Renames its Integrated Sciences Building for Bernadette Gray-Little

Dr. Gray-Little became the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas in 2009. She is the only woman to serve in that role. Dr. Gray-Little stepped down as chancellor after the 2016-17 academic year.

Three African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Three African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Simone T.A. Phipps, of Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Thelma Hurd at the University of California, Merced, and Raegan W. Durant, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Preventive Medicine.

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Simmons University

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Simmons University

The School of Social Work at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, has appointed two Black scholars to endowed professorships. They are Johnnie Hamilton-Mason and Hugo Kamya.

Three African American Men Who Are Assuming New Administrative Posts at Universities

Three African American Men Who Are Assuming New Administrative Posts at Universities

Taking on new roles are Cletis Earle at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Sherwin E. James at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, and Marlon C. Lynch at the University of Utah.

A Pair of African American Women Named to Dean Posts at Major Universities

A Pair of African American Women Named to Dean Posts at Major Universities

Mona Hicks was named dean of students at Stanford University in California and Cora Thompson has been appointed interim dean for the College of Education at Savannah State University in Georgia.

Tulane University Honors Its First African American Students

Tulane University Honors Its First African American Students

In 1966 and 1967, Deidre Dumas Labat and Reynold T. Décou became the first African American undergraduates to earn degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane University, respectively. The university recently renamed a residence complex in their honor.

Three African Americans Who Are Assuming New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Three African Americans Who Are Assuming New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Judith Brown Clarke at Stony Brook University in New York, Cheryl Pollard at Jackson State University in Mississippi, and Brandi Stone at the University of New Mexico.

Two African Americans Named University Athletic Directors

Two African Americans Named University Athletic Directors

Elliott Charles was appointed director of intercollegiate athletics at Chicago State University and Kortne Gosha is the new vice president and director of athletics at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Rice University Lecturer Wins the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Rice University Lecturer Wins the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

The award has been given out for the past 13 years by Baton Rouge Area Foundation. It recognizes the work of African American fiction writers and honors the legacy of author Ernest J. Gaines who died last month.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are DeLaine Priest at the University of Central Florida, Linda Gunn-Jones at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Joseph Montgomery at Tuskegee University in Alabama, and Qiana M. Watson at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Three African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Three African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Mignon R. Moore was promoted to full professor of sociology at Barnard College in New York. Professor Suzanne Weekes was named associate dean at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Tracy L. Jackson will direct the physicians assistant program at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.

John Ambrose Appointed Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Michigan State

John Ambrose Appointed Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Michigan State

John Ambrose joined the staff at Michigan State in 2008 as senior associate director for inclusion, strategic planning, and student success. Earlier, he served in leadership roles at the national and state levels of the Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Pamela Bracey Is Named Collegiate Teacher of the Year in Business Education

Pamela Bracey Is Named Collegiate Teacher of the Year in Business Education

Pamela Bracey, an associate professor in the department of instructional systems and workforce development in the College of Education at Mississippi State University, was named Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association.

Three African American Men Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African American Men Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Alan D. Robertson was named chief financial officer at Florida A&M University. Julian Coaxum will be the next chief of police at Davidson College in North Carolina and Raymond Clarke has been named vice president for enrollment management at Savannah State University in Georgia.

A Trio of African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

A Trio of African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Leon Prieto of Clayton State University in Georgia was named an associate research fellow at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Adrienne Morgan was appointed as an associate vice president of equity and inclusion at the University of Rochester and Professor Calvin R. Walker was named executive vice chancellor at Southern University in Louisiana.

Texas A&M University's Roderic Pettigrew Honored by the National Academy of Engineering

Texas A&M University’s Roderic Pettigrew Honored by the National Academy of Engineering

Professor Pettigrew’s award was given “for leadership at the National Institutes of Health, and for academic and industrial convergence research and education, resulting in innovations that have improved global health care.”

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Three African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Three African Americans

Karen Davis is the a new assistant dean for inclusive excellence at Syracuse University in New York. Kory Trott will serve as the director of the research integrity office at Virginia Tech and Paul Monteiro is the new assistant vice president of external affairs at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

University of Georgia Scholar Honored by the American Educational Studies Association

University of Georgia Scholar Honored by the American Educational Studies Association

Cynthia B. Dillard is the Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education in the department of educational theory and practice of the College of Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Dillard was honored at the association’s annual conference in Baltimore earlier this month.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Undertaking New Assignments in Higher Education

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Undertaking New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Renita W. Marshall at Southern Univerity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, André J. Thomas at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Chassidy Bozeman at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Akinwumi Ogundiran at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Vanderbilt University Names Its Recreation and Wellness Center for David Williams II

Vanderbilt University Names Its Recreation and Wellness Center for David Williams II

David Williams II was the first African American to serve as a vice chancellor at Vanderbilt. He also was the first African American to serve as an athletics director in the Southeastern Conference. He died earlier this year at the age of 71.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Taking on new administrative positions in higher education are Bill Means at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Darrell B. McMillon at Delaware State University, Amber Williams at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Malik Washington at the University of Pennsylvania.

International African-American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award to Walter Curry Jr.

International African-American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award to Walter Curry Jr.

Walter B. Curry Jr., who teaches online graduate courses in the master of education degree program at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was honored for his book on the Thompson family of Salley, South Carolina.

John Morrow Is the First African American to Win Prestigious Award for Military Writing

John Morrow Is the First African American to Win Prestigious Award for Military Writing

John H. Morrow, Jr., professor of history at the University of Georgia, is the 13th recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The award includes a gold medallion and a $100,000 honorarium.

Four Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Four Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The four scholars beginning new duties are Sheria D. Rowe at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Alvin Thomas at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adia Harvey Wingfield at Washington University in St. Louis, and Nicole Mitchell at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tina Harris Given Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communications Association

Tina Harris Given Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communications Association

Tina M. Harris holds the Douglas L. Manship Sr.-Dori Maynard Race, Media, and Cultural Literacy Endowed Chair at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. She joined the faculty at LSU this past summer after teaching at the University of Georgia for more than two decades.

New Administrative Roles for Five African Americans at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Roles for Five African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are P. Brandon Johnson at the University of Texas at Dallas, Iika McCarter at the Mississippi University for Women, Darryl Jones at Hudson County Community College, Romona West at the University of Arkansas, and Brice Yates at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Florida A&M University Honors Student Who Died Serving His Country as a Tuskegee Airman

Florida A&M University Honors Student Who Died Serving His Country as a Tuskegee Airman

Lt. James Polkinghorne, Jr. was a senior at Florida A&M University when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. During a combat mission over Italy on May 5, 1944, Lt. Polkinghorne’s plane was shot down. His body was never found. A campus residence hall is being named in his honor.