Leadership

Ira Kincade Blake Selected as the Next President of the University of Houston-Clear Lake

Ira Kincade Blake Selected as the Next President of the University of Houston-Clear Lake

Since 2009, Dr. Blake has been serving as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. When she takes office on August 1, she will become the first woman to serve as president of the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Tonjua Williams Will Be the First African American President of St. Petersburg College

Tonjua Williams Will Be the First African American President of St. Petersburg College

Dr. Williams has been on the staff at the college for 30 years. Since 2013, she has served as senior vice president of student services. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Barry University in Miami.

Leadership Change at Tuskegee University

Leadership Change at Tuskegee University

Since its founding in 1861, Tuskegee University in Alabama has had only seven presidents. But it’s latest leader has lasted only three years. Brian L. Johnson’s contract was not renewed and Charlotte P. Morris was named interim president.

State Board Names Its Preferred Candidate for President of Jackson State University

State Board Names Its Preferred Candidate for President of Jackson State University

The board of trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi announced that it has selected William B. Bynum, current president of Mississippi Valley State University, as the “preferred candidate” to be the next president of Jackson State University.

Old Dominion University Scholar Studying Leadership Issues at HBCUs

Old Dominion University Scholar Studying Leadership Issues at HBCUs

Nearly 60 percent of sitting university presidents are over the age of 60. This presents the question of who will be the next generation of HBCU leaders. Felecia Commodore of Old Dominion University in Norfolk is trying to answer that question.

James E. Lyons to Lead Concordia College in Selma, Alabama

James E. Lyons to Lead Concordia College in Selma, Alabama

The board of regents of Concordia College in Selma, Alabama, has named James E. Lyons as chief transition officer. In effect, Dr. Lyons will serve as interim president of the historically Black educational institution for the next six months.

Ty Stone Appointed the Sixth President of Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York

Ty Stone Appointed the Sixth President of Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York

Dr. Ty Stone has been serving as vice president for strategic initiatives as Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, the third largest community college in the state. She has been on the staff at the college since 2010.

Aminta Breaux Will Be the Next President of Bowie State University in Maryland

Aminta Breaux Will Be the Next President of Bowie State University in Maryland

For the past three years, Aminta Hawkins Breaux has served as vice president for advancement at Millersville University, a campus of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She was vice president for student affairs at Millersville University from 2008 to 2014.

African Americans Named President at Two Community Colleges in New York

African Americans Named President at Two Community Colleges in New York

Michael A. Baston was appointed president of Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, and Orinthia T. Montague was appointed the fourth president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York. Both new presidents will take office in July.

Felicia Davis to Lead Olive-Harvey College in Chicago

Felicia Davis to Lead Olive-Harvey College in Chicago

Davis is a former Chicago police detective and served as deputy chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She has been serving as director of the Public Building Commission for the City of Chicago.

Cynthia Warrick Named the Seventh President of Stillman College in Alabama

Cynthia Warrick Named the Seventh President of Stillman College in Alabama

Dr. Warrick has been serving as interim president since the beginning of the year. In recent years, Dr. Warrick has twice filled the role of interim president at historically Black universities; South Carolina State University and Grambling State University in Louisiana.

DoVeanna Fulton Is a Finalist for Provost at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

DoVeanna Fulton Is a Finalist for Provost at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Currently, DoVeanna S. Fulton is dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Alumnus Gregory Vincent Named President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Alumnus Gregory Vincent Named President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Currently, Dr. Vincent is the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership, professor of law, and vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas in 2005.

Rachel Lindsey Appointed to Lead Chicago State University

Rachel Lindsey Appointed to Lead Chicago State University

Dr. Lindsey has served as a professor of psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University. Earlier in her career, she taught at Northeastern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago.

Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Names Jerry Hardee as Its Next President

Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Names Jerry Hardee as Its Next President

Jerry L. Hardee is the former assistant to the president for equal opportunity programs and multicultural affairs at Valdosta State University in Georgia. He will take office on July 1.

Michael Drake Gets an Extension of His Contract as President of Ohio State University

Michael Drake Gets an Extension of His Contract as President of Ohio State University

In June 2014, Michael V. Drake became the 15th president of Ohio State University. He is the first African American to be president of Ohio State. Now the board of trustees has extended his contract through June 2021.

Five Finalists Announced for Presidency of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

Five Finalists Announced for Presidency of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

Lincoln University, the historically Black educational institution in Pennsylvania, has announced a field of five finalists for the position of president of the university. All five candidates will visit campus by April 19 for interviews and public forums.

Leadership Shakeup at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Leadership Shakeup at Morehouse College in Atlanta

John S. Wilson Jr., who earlier had been informed that his contract would not be renewed past June 30, was removed as president of Morehouse College. William Taggart, a former insurance executive, who has been serving as chief operating officer, was named interim president.

Fisk University in Nashville Announces the Selection of Its Sixteenth President

Fisk University in Nashville Announces the Selection of Its Sixteenth President

Currently, Dr. Kevin Rome is president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Before taking on this role in 2013, Dr. Rome was vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

M. Christopher Brown Appointed President of Kentucky State University

M. Christopher Brown Appointed President of Kentucky State University

Dr. Brown has been serving as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the Southern University System in Louisiana. He is the former president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He stepped down from that position in December 2013.

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Names Its Next Chancellor

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Names Its Next Chancellor

Since 2010, Robert E. Johnson has been president of Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. When he takes office, he will become the first African American to lead the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth campus.

Gary May Appointed the Seventh Chancellor of the University of California, Davis

Gary May Appointed the Seventh Chancellor of the University of California, Davis

Dr. May currently serves as dean of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He was appointed to this post in July 2011. He also is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Sharon Davies Named the Next Provost at Spelman College in Atlanta

Sharon Davies Named the Next Provost at Spelman College in Atlanta

In 2015, Professor Davies was named vice provost and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University. She has been on the faculty at the university’s Moritz College of Law for the past 22 years and holds the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties.

SUNY Appoints Wayne J. Riley as the Next President of Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Appoints Wayne J. Riley as the Next President of Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Riley has been serving as a clinical professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is the immediate past president of the American College of Physicians. Earlier in his career, Dr. Riley was president, CEO, and professor at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kim Hunter Reed Appointed to Lead the Colorado Department of Higher Education

Kim Hunter Reed Appointed to Lead the Colorado Department of Higher Education

Dr. Reed served as under secretary of education for postsecondary diversity and inclusion in the Obama administration. She also served as head of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Morehouse College Announces It Will Change Its Leadership

Morehouse College Announces It Will Change Its Leadership

The board of trustees of Morehouse College, the historically Black educational institution for men in Atlanta, has announced that it will not extend the contract of the college’s president John S. Wilson Jr. beyond June 30, 2017.

The Next President of Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania

The Next President of Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania

Dr. L. Joy Gates Black has been serving as vice chancellor for academic affairs at Tarrant County College District in Fort Worth, Texas. She joined the staff at Tarrant County College in 2010. Earlier, Dr. Gates Black served in administrative roles at community colleges in Texas, California, and Massachusetts.

The New Chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College

The New Chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College

Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib has been serving as vice chancellor for workforce development and technical education at Delgado Community College in Slidell, Louisiana. She will become chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College on January 2.

Cynthia Warrick to Lead Stillman College in Alabama

Cynthia Warrick to Lead Stillman College in Alabama

Cynthia Warrick will serve as interim president beginning on January 3. She is not considered to be a candidate for the position on a permanent basis. In the past, Dr. Warrick has served as interim president at Grambling State University in Louisiana and South Carolina State University.

G. Gabrielle Starr Named the Tenth President of Pomona College in California

G. Gabrielle Starr Named the Tenth President of Pomona College in California

When she takes office on July 1, Dr. Starr will be first woman and the first African American president of the highly ranked liberal arts college. She currently serves as dean of the College of Arts and Science at New York University.

John V. White Is One of Two Finalists for Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa

John V. White Is One of Two Finalists for Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa

John V. White is acting chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Earlier, he was executive vice president and provost at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little, the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, announced that she will step down at the end of the current academic year. When she was named chancellor in 2009, Dr. Gray-Little became the first woman and the first African American in history to hold the position.

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon is currently executive vice president at Wilmington University. When she takes office on July 1, she will become the first African American women to serve as president of a university in the state of Delaware.

The Leadership Shake Up at Florida A&M University Continues

The Leadership Shake Up at Florida A&M University Continues

New interim president of Florida A&M University Larry Robinson wasted no time by firing six members of his predecessor’s leadership team. Rodner Wright, dean of the university’s School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, was named interim provost.

Mickey Burnim to Step Down From Presidency of Bowie State University

Mickey Burnim to Step Down From Presidency of Bowie State University

Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, announced that he will step down at the end of the current academic year on June 30, 2017. When he retires, he will have led the university for nearly 11 years.

The New Chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

The New Chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Bobby R. Phills, former dean and director of land grant programs at Florida A&M University, was named chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and dean of the university’s College of Agriculture.