Leadership

Muskegon Community College in Michigan Names John Selmon as Its Next  President

Muskegon Community College in Michigan Names John Selmon as Its Next President

A widely respected administrator at the college since coming to campus in May 2011, Dr. Selmon currently serves as the provost/executive vice president providing leadership and oversight for academic affairs, athletics, facilities, and student services.

Adrien Bennings Appointed the Eighth President of Portland Community College in Oregon

Adrien Bennings Appointed the Eighth President of Portland Community College in Oregon

Adrien Bennings has been serving as president at Kellogg Community College, one of 28 community colleges in the state of Michigan. Earlier, she was the vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer at Clovis Community College in New Mexico.

Valerie Sheares Ashby Will Be the Next President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Valerie Sheares Ashby Will Be the Next President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Since 2015, Dr. Ashby has been dean of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. From 2003 to 2105, Dr. Ashby served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she chaired the chemistry department from 2012 to 2015.

Steve Stoute Will Be the Twenty-Fifth President of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York

Steve Stoute Will Be the Twenty-Fifth President of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York

Stoute currently serves as vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Stoute immigrated to the United States in 2000 to attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Robin Holmes-Sullivan Chosen to Be the 26th President of Lewis & Clark College in Portland

Robin Holmes-Sullivan Chosen to Be the 26th President of Lewis & Clark College in Portland

Dr. Homes-Sullivan is currently the vice president for student life and dean of students at the college. She came to Lewis & Clark in 2019 from the University of California System, where she served as vice president for student affairs. Earlier, she spent 27 years at the University of Oregon rising to the position of vice president of student life.

Eric Pryor Chosen as the Next President of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Eric Pryor Chosen as the Next President of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. Since 2015, Pryor has served as president of the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City.

The First African American President of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland

The First African American President of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland

Dr. Daria Willis currently serves as president of Everett Community College in Washington. Earlier, Dr. Willis was the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Onondaga Community College of the State University of New York and dean of academic studies at Lee College in Baytown, Texas.

Marcus Jones Is the First Black President of Northwestern State University in Louisiana

Marcus Jones Is the First Black President of Northwestern State University in Louisiana

Before being named interim president in July 2021, Jones was executive vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Louisiana System. He was executive vice president for university and business affairs at Northwestern State from 2017 to 2020 and has been a faculty member since 1994.

Reginald DesRoches Will Be the Eighth President of Rice University in Houston

Reginald DesRoches Will Be the Eighth President of Rice University in Houston

The will of oil tycoon William Marsh Rice stipulated that only White students would be allowed to enroll at the university bearing his name. From its founding in 1912 to 1965, no Black student was permitted to enroll at Rice University. Next summer, the university will install its first Black president.

Yoshiko Harden Is the New Leader of Seattle Central College in Washington State

Yoshiko Harden Is the New Leader of Seattle Central College in Washington State

Dr. Harden has been serving as vice president for student services at the college since 2016. Earlier, she was vice president for diversity and chief diversity officer at Bellevue College in Washington state and the director of multicultural services and student development at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington.

Alabama A&M University Names Three Finalists for President

Alabama A&M University Names Three Finalists for President

The three finalists are Colette Pierce Burnette, president of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, Roderick Smothers, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Daniel K. Wims, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research and a professor of agricultural sciences at Alabama A&M University.

Charlotte Morris Appointed the Ninth President of Tuskegee University in Alabama

Charlotte Morris Appointed the Ninth President of Tuskegee University in Alabama

For over three decades, Dr. Morris has served in several roles at Tuskegee University including chief of staff to the president and secretary to the board of trustees. Most recently, Dr. Morris served as the director of the university’s Title III program.

William Tate IV Will Be the First Black President of a University in the Southeastern Conference

William Tate IV Will Be the First Black President of a University in the Southeastern Conference

Dr. Tate has been serving as the Education Foundation Distinguished Professor, executive vice president for academic affairs, and provost at the University of South Carolina since July 2020. Professor Tate served as dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis.

Hiram C. Powell Selected to Lead Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida

Hiram C. Powell Selected to Lead Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida

Most recently, Dr. Powell has served as dean of performing arts and communications at Bethune-Cookman University. During his time at the university, Dr. Powell has served in several leadership roles including interim provost and vice president of institutional advancement.

Laurie A. Carter Will Be the First Black President of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin

Laurie A. Carter Will Be the First Black President of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin

Since 2017, Carter has been president of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She spent 25 years in leadership positions at The Juilliard School and later was executive vice president and university counsel at Eastern Kentucky University. She will begin her new duties on July 1.

Towuanna Porter Brannon is the New President of Thomas Nelson Community College in Virginia

Towuanna Porter Brannon is the New President of Thomas Nelson Community College in Virginia

Since 2016, Dr. Brannon has served as vice president for student services at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, North Carolina. Earlier she held administrative positions at several colleges in the New York metropolitan area.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Appoints its First Black President

Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Appoints its First Black President

In 2016, Dr. Hemphill became the seventh president of Radford University in Virginia. Earlier, he served from 2012 to 2016 as the 10th president of West Virginia State University, a historically Black educational institution near Charleston.

C. Andrew McGadney Named the 20th President of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois

C. Andrew McGadney Named the 20th President of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois

Dr. McGadney currently serves as vice president and dean of student advancement at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Prior to coming to Colby, Dr. McGadney was vice president for university advancement at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Vincent Rougeau Will Be the First African American President of the College of the Holy Cross

Vincent Rougeau Will Be the First African American President of the College of the Holy Cross

Vincent Rougeau has been dean of the Boston College Law School since 2011. Prior to his role at Boston College, Rougeau was a tenured professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and served as their associate dean for academic affairs from 1999-2002.

Leonard Adams Is the New Leader of Historically Black Knoxville College

Leonard Adams Is the New Leader of Historically Black Knoxville College

At its peak in the 1960s, Knoxville College enrollments reached 1,200 students. The college lost its accreditation in 1997. By 2015, there were only 11 students enrolled for the spring semester and it suspended all classes for the next academic year. In 2018, the college once again began to offer classes, but only online.

DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna Will Be the Next  President of Monroe Community College in New York

DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna Will Be the Next President of Monroe Community College in New York

Dr. Burt-Nanna has been serving as vice president of student and academic affairs for South Central College, which has campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, Minnesota. Earlier, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at Baker College in Muskegon, Michigan.

Thomas Stith III Named President of the North Carolina Community College System

Thomas Stith III Named President of the North Carolina Community College System

Stith has been serving as district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Earlier, Stith served as chief of staff to former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from 2013 to 2017 and was a three-term city council member in Durham from 1999 to 2007.

Vernell Bennett-Fairs Named the Thirteenth President of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Vernell Bennett-Fairs Named the Thirteenth President of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Since 2016, Dr. Bennett-Fairs has been serving as vice president for student affairs at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Earlier, she was vice president for student affairs at Kentucky State University.

Marsha Gable Selected as the New Leader of Grossmont College in El Cajon, California

Marsha Gable Selected as the New Leader of Grossmont College in El Cajon, California

Dr. Gable has been serving for the past five years as vice president of student services at Grossmont College. She served for eight months in 2019 and 2020 as interim president of San Diego Miramar College. Earlier, Dr. Gable was dean of counseling services and admissions and records at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, California.

West Liberty University in West Virginia Names Its First Black President in Its 183-Year History

West Liberty University in West Virginia Names Its First Black President in Its 183-Year History

For the past four years, W. Franklin Evans has been president of Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. He is the former provost and chief academic officer at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where he also served as interim president.

General Ronnie D. Hawkins Chosen to Lead Angelo State University in Texas

General Ronnie D. Hawkins Chosen to Lead Angelo State University in Texas

When General Hawkins takes office on August 14, Hawkins will be the first African American to serve as president of Angelo State University in its 92-year history. A retired three-star Air Force general, he is the former director of the Defense Information Systems Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland.

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.