Appointments

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Roles

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Roles

Angela Williams is moving from an administrative position to a faculty appointment at the University of Arkansas. Retired Lt. Gen. Leslie C. Smith was appointed to an endowed chair at Georgia Southern University and Rosemary Nabaweesi was named to an endowed chair at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Duties

A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Duties

Taking on new roles are Allen P. Vital at Alabama A&M University, Kenya Faulkner at Emory University in Atlanta, Kinamo Lomon at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Carren Moham at Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas.

University of Rochester Student From Zimbabwe Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

University of Rochester Student From Zimbabwe Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Kudzai Mbinda, a senior chemical engineering major at the University of Rochester in New York from Harare, Zimbabwe, was one of two Rhodes Scholars chosen from 10 finalists competing in the Zimbabwe competition. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in energy systems at Oxford.

Four African Americans Who Will Lead Diversity Efforts at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans Who Will Lead Diversity Efforts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative roles relating to diversity are Crystal McCormick Ware at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Jason J. Dorsette at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon, Marsha McGriff at the University of Florida, and Andrea Cornett-Scott at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia.

Two Black Scholars in Georgia Share the Breakthrough Idea Award in Management

Two Black Scholars in Georgia Share the Breakthrough Idea Award in Management

Leon Prieto, an associate professor in the College of Business at Clayton State University in Georgia, and Simone Phipps, an associate professor in the School of Business at Middle Georgia State University, were named the winners of the Breakthrough Idea Award from Thinkers50, a London based organization that ranks the world’s top management thinkers.

New Positions or Assignments for a Quartet of Black Scholars

New Positions or Assignments for a Quartet of Black Scholars

Taking on new roles are Marcus L. Johnson at the Virginia Tech School of Education, Tracey Conti at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Anthea Butler at the University of Pennsylvania, and Michael Javen Fortner at Claremont McKenna College in California.

Three African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Three African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Russell L. Smyre, Sr. is the new executive director of facilities at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Jamilyn Penn has been named interim vice president at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington, and Leslie Rodriguez-McClellon is the new senior vice president at Saint Augustine’s University in North Carolina.

CalTech Names Its New Mentoring Award to Honor Trustee Shirley Malcom

CalTech Names Its New Mentoring Award to Honor Trustee Shirley Malcom

The California Institute of Technology has established the Shirley M. Malcom Prize for Excellence in Mentoring. The prize honors senior trustee Shirley Malcom’s long-standing commitment to make STEM education and access equitable for all.

Three Universities Have Announced the Hiring of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Three Universities Have Announced the Hiring of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Kevin Thomas is the inaugural vice dean for DEI at the Duke University School of Medicine. Tiffany Taylor Smith was named vice president for diversity and inclusion at the University of Dayton in Ohio and Kiwana McClung has been named interim chief diversity officer at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles at Major Universities

Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles at Major Universities

The five Black faculty members taking on new duties are Judith Green McKenzie at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Frederick Evans at South Carolina State University, Jennifer Swann at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Ruth Opara at Syracuse University in New York, and Bocar Ba at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Jeffery T. Burgin Jr. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Penya M. Moses Grambling State University in Louisiana, Timothy Thomas at the Peralta Community College District in Oakland, California, and Terri Stewart at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

University of Pennsylvania's Elijah Anderson Wins the 2021 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

University of Pennsylvania’s Elijah Anderson Wins the 2021 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is an international prize established under the aegis of the Swedish Ministry of Justice. First awarded in 2006, the prize recognizes outstanding achievements in criminological research or the application of research results to reduce crime and advance human rights.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Hired as Diversity Administrators in Higher Education

Four African Americans Who Have Been Hired as Diversity Administrators in Higher Education

Taking on new roles related to diversity in higher education are Linwood B. Whitten at Alabama State University, Jerima DeWese at Queens College of the City University of New York, Aswad Allen at California State University, San Marcos, and Diane Forbes Berthoud at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The Late Congressman John Lewis Honored by the University of California, Santa Cruz

The Late Congressman John Lewis Honored by the University of California, Santa Cruz

The University of California, Santa Cruz has announced that College Ten — an undergraduate residential learning community founded on principles of social justice and community — will be named in honor of the late congressman and civil rights icon John R. Lewis.

Serena Eley Wins Award for Scholarship, Mentoring, and Service in the Field of Physics

Serena Eley Wins Award for Scholarship, Mentoring, and Service in the Field of Physics

Serena Eley, an assistant professor of physics at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, studies the dynamics of vortices in superconductors and skyrmions (nanoscale whirlpools of magnetic moments) in magnetic materials.

University of the District of Columbia Adds Three New Administrators

University of the District of Columbia Adds Three New Administrators

Roy Layne was appointed chief financial officer. Stephan A. Byam is the new associate vice president of information technology and Charles M. Sutton was named director of Title III programs at the university.

Four Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Four Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The four Black scholars in new roles are Nathaniel Wright at Texas Tech University, Yolanda Cooper at Case Western Reserve University, Kerry Lee at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and Andia Augustin-Billy at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Hiring of Five African American Administrators

Colleges and Universities Announce the Hiring of Five African American Administrators

Appointed to new administrative posts are Danielle Sims Brooks at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, Horace D. Ballard at Harvard University, Camaron Loritts at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Rondall E. Allen at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Dominique Moye at California State University, Northridge.

University of North Carolina Student From Eswatini in Southern Africa Named a Rhodes Scholar

University of North Carolina Student From Eswatini in Southern Africa Named a Rhodes Scholar

Takhona Hlatshwako, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a new Rhodes Scholar from the Kingdom of Eswatini in Southern Africa (formerly Swaziland). Hlatshwako is the 52nd Rhodes Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Four Universities Announce the Hiring of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Four Universities Announce the Hiring of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Taking on new roles related to diversity are Fatimah Conley at the University of Delaware, Jackie Hunter at the University of Vermont, Donovan Roy at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Janice Hamlet at Northern Illinois University.

New Faculty Roles for Five African Americans at Southern Universities

New Faculty Roles for Five African Americans at Southern Universities

Taking on new roles are Mfon Akpan at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Charreau Bell at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Robbie Morganfield at North Carolina A&T State University, and Stephanie Yates at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Mary Frances Berry Wins the Lewis Award for History and Social Justice

Mary Frances Berry Wins the Lewis Award for History and Social Justice

The Lewis Prize is offered annually to recognize a historian for leadership and sustained engagement at the intersection of historical work, public culture, and social justice. The prize is named in memory of John Lewis, the civil rights icon who represented Georgia in the United States House of Representatives for 34 years.

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The five African Americans appointed to new administrative posts are Branville G. Bard Jr. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Samantha Rogers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Guy J. Albertini at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Bobby L. Cummings at Delaware State University, and Carolyn Carter at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh.

University of Illinois Scholar Cynthia Oliver Named a Doris Duke Artist

University of Illinois Scholar Cynthia Oliver Named a Doris Duke Artist

Cynthia Oliver is an award-winning dancemaker, performer, and a professor of dance at the University of Illinois. She also serves as associate vice chancellor for research and innovation in the humanities at the university.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to University Diversity Positions

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to University Diversity Positions

Taking on new roles as diversity officers are Anthony Jones at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, Shavonne Shorter at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Bruce King at Elmhurst University in Illinois, and Thomas Witherspoon at the University of Tampa in Florida.

University of Georgia School of Law Names Harold Melton to an Endowed Professorship

University of Georgia School of Law Names Harold Melton to an Endowed Professorship

Harold D. Melton, who previously served as the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, has been named the holder of the Carl E. Sanders Chair in Political Leadership at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Howard University Honors Its First Dean of Women

Howard University Honors Its First Dean of Women

The 2400 block of 4th Street NW in Washington, D.C. has been renamed Lucy Diggs Slowe Way. Slowe was valedictorian of the Howard University Class of 1908 and was the university’s first dean of women.

Five Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Higher Education Administrative Positions

Five Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Higher Education Administrative Positions

Those appointed to new administrative positions in higher education are Corey Bradford at Governors State University in Illinois, Cheryl Moore at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Jarris Louis Taylor, Jr. at Hampton University in Virginia, Thesha Woodley at Winston-Salem State University, and Opeyemi Olukemi at Duke University.

Five African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Roles

Five African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Roles

Taking on new positions or duties are Derrick R. Brooms at the University of Tennessee, Shona Tuck at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, Christopher Schell at the University of California, Berkeley, Deidre Pearson at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and D’Jaris Coles-White at Western Michigan University.

Three Universities Announce the Appointments of African American Diversity Officers

Three Universities Announce the Appointments of African American Diversity Officers

Carl Hampton is the chief diversity officer at Governor State University in Illinois. Kristie A. Ford was named associate provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and Michael States was named associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Lisa Harrison of Ohio University Recognized for Her Contributions to Middle-Level Education

Lisa Harrison of Ohio University Recognized for Her Contributions to Middle-Level Education

Lisa Harrison, an associate professor and program coordinator for Middle Childhood Education at Ohio University, is the recipient of the John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service in Middle Level Education from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Six African American Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties in Higher Education

Six African American Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new assignments are Kimberly Mayfield at Holy Names University in Oakland, Hugh Mighty at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Thelma Hurd at the University of California, Merced, Martell Teasley at the University of Utah, DeAnnah Byrd at Arizona State University, and Castel V. Sweet at the University of Mississippi.

Bowdoin College's Michael Cato Honored for His Efforts to Promote Diversity

Bowdoin College’s Michael Cato Honored for His Efforts to Promote Diversity

Michael Cato, senior vice president and chief information officer at Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine, is the recipient of the 2021 Diversity, Education, and Inclusion Award from EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit informational technology association.

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles at Universities

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles at Universities

The new appointees are Timothy Hatchett at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Santee Ezell at Mississippi State University, Erica Alexander at Howard University, Mea E. Ashley at Mississippi University for Women, Letitia C. Wall at Winston-Salem State University, Laiya Thomas at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and Jacqueline Blackett at Columbia University in New York.

Duke University Renames Building to Honor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke

Duke University Renames Building to Honor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke

Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke was one of the first five Black students to integrate the Duke campus in 1963. She becomes the first Black woman to have a campus building named after her. She joins historian John Hope Franklin and campus architect Julian Abele as having buildings or grounds named after them on the Duke campus.

Jelani Favors Appointed to an Endowed Chair at North Carolina A&T State University

Jelani Favors Appointed to an Endowed Chair at North Carolina A&T State University

The Henry E. Frye Distinguished Professorship is named for an American judge and politician who served as the first African American chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Judge Frye and his wife, Shirley, are graduates of North Carolina A&T State University and established the endowed faculty position.