Leadership

Brian Johnson Named President at Warner Pacific University in Portland, Oregon

Brian Johnson Named President at Warner Pacific University in Portland, Oregon

Dr. Johnson has been serving as vice president of Mercy College and senior campus administrator at the college’s New York City campus in Manhattan. Before that, he was president of Tuskegee University in Alabama from 2014 to 2017.

Lloyd A. Holmes Appointed President of De Anza College in California

Lloyd A. Holmes Appointed President of De Anza College in California

In 2014, Dr. Holmes was named vice president for student services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Earlier, he was dean of students at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts. Dr. Holmes will begin his presidency at De Anza College on July 1.

Nate Bryant to Lead North Shore Community College in Massachusetts

Nate Bryant to Lead North Shore Community College in Massachusetts

Dr. Bryant currently serves as vice president and chief of staff to the president of Salem State University in Massachusetts. He will become interim president at North Shore Community College in July and serve through the 2020-21 academic year.

Two Universities Appoint African Americans to Provost Positions

Two Universities Appoint African Americans to Provost Positions

Darrell Newton was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Winona State University in Minnesota and Saundra F. DeLauder was named provost and vice president of academic affairs at historically Black Delaware State University in Dover. She is the first woman to hold the post.

Lamont Repollet Appointed President of Kean University in Union, New Jersey

Lamont Repollet Appointed President of Kean University in Union, New Jersey

Dr. Repollet has been serving as the New Jersey Commissioner of Education. From 2014 to 2018, he served as superintendent of the Asbury Park School District. Previously, he served as principal of Carteret High School n New Jersey.

Ivy Ruth Taylor to Be the First Woman President of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Ivy Ruth Taylor to Be the First Woman President of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Dr. Taylor is the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas. She spent six years as a lecturer in public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also worked at a nonprofit affordable housing agency and served multiple terms as a city councilmember prior to her term as mayor.

Willie Smith Appointed Chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana

Willie Smith Appointed Chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana

Dr. Smith has led Baton Rouge Community College on an interim basis for the past 10 months. Before serving as interim chancellor at BRCC, he served as vice president for training and business partnerships at the college. He has worked in the Louisiana Community & Technical College System for the past 19 years.

Benjamin Ola. Akande Will Be the Ninth President of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont

Benjamin Ola. Akande Will Be the Ninth President of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont

Dr. Akande currently serves as the assistant vice chancellor for international affairs–Africa, and as associate director of the Global Health Center at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2015 to 2017, he was president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Texas Southern University in Houston Appoints Kenneth Huewitt as Interim President

Texas Southern University in Houston Appoints Kenneth Huewitt as Interim President

Huewitt, who has been serving as acting president since January, joined Texas Southern in 2017 as the chief financial officer and vice president of finance and administration. Earlier, he was chief financial officer and interim president of the Houston Independent School District.

Kenneth Long Selected to Lead East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania

Kenneth Long Selected to Lead East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania

Long currently serves as vice president of administration and finance for East Stroudsburg University, a position he has held for nearly seven years. Previously, Long served for five years as assistant vice president of administration and finance at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

The Next Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law

The Next Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law

Eboni S. Nelson currently is associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 2007, she taught at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston.

The Higher Education of the Surgeon General of the United States

The Higher Education of the Surgeon General of the United States

Each day when President Trump meets with reporters to give a daily briefing on the government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus, standing by his side is Jerome Adams, an African American man who serves as Surgeon General of the United States.

Lori White Will Be the First African American President of DePauw University in Indiana

Lori White Will Be the First African American President of DePauw University in Indiana

Dr. White has been serving as vice chancellor for student affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. Earlier, she worked as vice president for student affairs and clinical professor of education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Dr. White will become president of DePauw University on July 1.

Erika James to Lead the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Erika James to Lead the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

When she takes office on July 1, Erika James will be the first woman and the first African American to lead the prestigious business school since its founding in 1881. Since 2014, Dr. James has been serving as dean of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta.

Historically Black Central State University in Ohio Selects its Ninth President

Historically Black Central State University in Ohio Selects its Ninth President

Jack Thomas was named the eleventh president of Western Illinois University in 2011. He served in that role until 2019. Dr. Thomas will succeed Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, who will step down as president of Central State University in July.

Lynn Perry Wooten Will Be the First African American President of Simmons University

Lynn Perry Wooten Will Be the First African American President of Simmons University

Most recently, Dr. Wooten has been serving as the David J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to her position at Cornell, Dr. Wooten served on the faculty at the University of Michigan for nearly two decades.

The First Black Woman to Lead a College at Oxford University in England

The First Black Woman to Lead a College at Oxford University in England

Since 2015, Baroness Valerie Amos has served as director of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. From 2010 to 2015, Amos served as undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations.

Two Black Women Named Finalists for President of Clark College in Vancouver, Washington

Two Black Women Named Finalists for President of Clark College in Vancouver, Washington

Clark College is a state-operated educational institution in Vancouver, Washington, with enrollments of nearly 10,000 students. African Americans are just 2 percent of the student body. The college recently announced a field of four finalists for president of the college. Two of the four candidates are Black women.

The First African American Woman Dean at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio

The First African American Woman Dean at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio

Alyncia Bowen was appointed dean of doctoral studies and the School of Nursing at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Bowen joined Franklin University 14 years ago. She has served as department chair, director of doctoral studies and director of the Global Center for Healthcare Education.

Activists From South Africa and the United States Unite to Fight Anti-Black Racism

Activists From South Africa and the United States Unite to Fight Anti-Black Racism

The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity has chosen its second cohort of Atlantic Fellows — 20 leaders from across South Africa and the United States who are working to end anti-Black racism in the two countries.

Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Positions

Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Positions

Taja-Nia Henderson has been named dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Jeannine Dingus-Eason was named dean of education at Rhode Island College.

A Trio of African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

A Trio of African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Anthony A. Pittman was named dean of the School of Education at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dominique Ayesha Robinson has been named dean of the Chapel at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and Damien Clement has been named acting dean of the Honors College at West Virginia University.

Berenecea Johnson Eanes Is the New Leader of York College of the City University of New York

Berenecea Johnson Eanes Is the New Leader of York College of the City University of New York

Dr. Eanes has been serving as vice president for the Division of Student Affairs at California State University, Fullerton. She has been on the staff at CalState, Fullerton for the past seven years.

A Quartet of African Americans Appointed to Positions as Deans

A Quartet of African Americans Appointed to Positions as Deans

LaTonya Branham has been named dean of academic services at DePauw University and Suzanne Barbour is the new dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Orlando F. McMeans is a new agricultural dean at Southern University in Louisiana and Nicholas J. Hill is dean of the business school at Claflin University.

Andrea Jackson Is the New Dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry

Andrea Jackson Is the New Dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry

Dr. Jackson has served as interim dean of the College of Dentistry since July 2018. Earlier, she was associate dean of clinical affairs and professor and chair of the department of prosthodontics. She has served on the Howard University faculty for the past 30 years.

Peggy Valentine Appointed to Lead Fayetteville State University in North Carolina

Peggy Valentine Appointed to Lead Fayetteville State University in North Carolina

Dr. Valentine has been serving as dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Her research focuses on homeless and minority health issues. Dr. Valentine is the founding editor-in-chief for the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity.

Wanda Brown Takes Over as President of the American Library Association

Wanda Brown Takes Over as President of the American Library Association

Brown, the director of library services at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, is the first president of the American Library Association who is currently a librarian at a historically Black university. She is the sixth African American to hold the presidency of the ALA.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Positions as Deans

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Positions as Deans

Akinlolu O. Ojo was named executive dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Robin Renee Davis will be dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University and Linda Burton has been named dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

The New President of Mississippi Delta Community College

The New President of Mississippi Delta Community College

Dr. Tyrone Jackson has been serving as vice president of administrative services at the Utica campus of Hinds Community College. Previously, he was associate vice president for student services at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston.

Aldon Morris Elected President of the American Sociological Association

Aldon Morris Elected President of the American Sociological Association

Aldon Morris, the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, was named the 112th president of the American Sociological Association. He will serve one year as president-elect and then become president of the organization in August 2020.

The First Black Master of a College at the University of Cambridge in England

The First Black Master of a College at the University of Cambridge in England

Sonita Alleyne was recently appointed as master of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge in England. The title of master is the equivalent of dean in the United States. Alleyne will be the first woman and the first Black person to lead the college, which was established in 1496.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

The three new deans are Karen Richardson at Princeton University in New Jersey, Leslie Grinage at Barnard College in New York City, and Glenda M. Prime at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Verna L. Williams Is the New Leader of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati

Verna L. Williams Is the New Leader of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati

Professor Williams joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2001. She has been serving as interim dean since May 2017. She also holds the title of Nippert Professor of Law.

Cheryl Green to Lead the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Cheryl Green to Lead the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Dr. Cheryl Green has been serving as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Earlier, she was assistant vice president for student affairs at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

College Athletic Powerhouses Earn a Grade of D in Achieving Racial Equity in Leadership Posts

College Athletic Powerhouses Earn a Grade of D in Achieving Racial Equity in Leadership Posts

At the 130 colleges and universities that make up the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, in the fall of 2018 African Americans made up 3.8 percent of the presidents and 9.2 percent of the athletics directors.

The New Leader of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

The New Leader of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

Regina Favors has been serving as president and CEO of Pinnacle Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. Previously, she had worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has taught as an adjunct professor at Arkansas Baptist College.