Leadership

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.

Jamillah Moore Is the New President of Cañada College in Redwood City, California

Jamillah Moore Is the New President of Cañada College in Redwood City, California

Dr. Moore was selected from among 47 applicants for the job as president of Cañada College. She had been serving as interim vice chancellor of educational services and planning for the San Mateo County Community College District.

The Tenth President of Grambling State University in Louisiana

The Tenth President of Grambling State University in Louisiana

Richard J. Gallot, Jr. is a former Louisiana state senator and state representative. He served three terms in the House and one term in the Senate. He did not seek reelection in 2015.

The New President of Arkansas Baptist College

The New President of Arkansas Baptist College

Dr. Jones has been serving as a visiting professor of political science in the department of social and behavioral sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Earlier he was the founder and executive director of the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College in Little Rock.

Denise Whisenhunt Is the New Leader of San Diego City College

Denise Whisenhunt Is the New Leader of San Diego City College

Denise Whisenhunt has been serving as vice president for student services. She is expected to serve as interim president for up to a year. The college enrolls about 17,000 students. African Americans make up 12 percent of the student body.

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Dr. Jones will also serve as a vice president for the three-campus University of Illinois system and as a tenured professor in the department of crop science in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. He has been serving as president of the University at Albany.

Wilberforce University in Ohio Names Its Next President

Wilberforce University in Ohio Names Its Next President

The oldest private historically Black college and university in the nation has named Herman J. Felton Jr. as the educational institution’s 21st president. He has been serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The Next President of Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina

The Next President of Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina

Thomas A. Walker Jr. has been serving since 2014 as president of the Grand Island campus of Central Community College in Nebraska. He holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from the University of Memphis.

Alabama A&M University Extends Contract of President Andrew Hugine Jr.

Alabama A&M University Extends Contract of President Andrew Hugine Jr.

The board of trustees of Alabama A&M University in Huntsville has approved a contract extension through July 15, 2020 for Andrew Hugine Jr., president of the university. Dr. Hugine became the eleventh president of the university in 2009.

Haywood B. Joiner Jr. to Lead Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Haywood B. Joiner Jr. to Lead Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Dr. Joiner, who will become interim chancellor in late August, is chair of the department of allied health at the university. He has also been serving as interim chair of the department of business administration at the Alexandria campus.

Two African American Finalists for President of Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Two African American Finalists for President of Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Stanley Elliott is vice president for student affairs at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Jimmy Tate is vice president for college advancement and strategic initiatives at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, North Carolina.

Linda Rose is the New President of Santa Ana College in California

Linda Rose is the New President of Santa Ana College in California

Since August 2014, Dr. Rose has been the president of Los Angeles Southwest College. Before taking the helm at Los Angeles Southwest College, she served for three years are vice president of academic affairs at Santa Ana College.

James H. Ammons Named Provost at Delaware State University

James H. Ammons Named Provost at Delaware State University

Dr. Ammons served as president of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee from 2007 to 2012. Also, he is the former chancellor of North Carolina Central University. For the past four years, he has been serving as a professor of political science at Florida A&M University.

Ingrid Thompson-Sellers to Lead South Georgia State College in Douglas

Ingrid Thompson-Sellers to Lead South Georgia State College in Douglas

Dr. Thompson-Sellers is a professor of business information systems at Georgia State University in Atlanta and has been serving as senior associate dean at the university. Earlier she taught at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur and at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

Anthony L. Jenkins Appointed President of West Virginia State University

Anthony L. Jenkins Appointed President of West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University is a historically Black university but today only 10 percent of the 2,800-member undergraduate student body is Black. Dr. Jenkins has been serving as senior associate vice president at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Paine College Names Samuel Sullivan as Its President, But Not for Long

Paine College Names Samuel Sullivan as Its President, But Not for Long

Samuel Sullivan was named acting president of Paine College in September 2014. A month later he was fired but then rehired as interim president after student and faculty protests. Now he has been named president, but only for a term of one year.

Jesse Lutabingwa Is a Finalist for an Administrative Post at the University of Nebraska

Jesse Lutabingwa Is a Finalist for an Administrative Post at the University of Nebraska

Jesse Lutabingwa, a native of Tanzania, is associate vice chancellor for international education and development and a profeessor of public administration at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

California University of Pennsylvania Names Geraldine Jones as Its Permanent President

California University of Pennsylvania Names Geraldine Jones as Its Permanent President

Jones was named acting president of the university in 2012, after serving for nearly four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. She was named interim president in 2013 and served in the role for three years.

Poynter Institute to Launch the Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Journalism

Poynter Institute to Launch the Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Journalism

The tuition-free program for minority journalists will include instruction on navigating newsroom culture, leadership, networking, mentoring, and the business of digital journalism. The National Association of Black Journalists will work with the institute to develop the curriculum.

The Next President of Minneapolis Community and Technical College

The Next President of Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Since 2010, Dr. Sharon Pierce has been vice president for academic affairs at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Earlier, she served as chair of the Health Sciences Division and director of the nursing education program at the college.

Two African American Women Named Deans at Southern Universities

Two African American Women Named Deans at Southern Universities

Stephanie G. Adams was named dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and Pamela Jackson is the new dean of the School of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Linda Scott Is a Finalist for Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Scott Is a Finalist for Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Scott is the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves as an associate professor of health systems science and director of graduate studies.

Cumberland County College in New Jersey Names Its Next President

Cumberland County College in New Jersey Names Its Next President

Yves Salomon-Fernandez, who is fluent in four languages, has been serving as interim president of Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills. She will begin her role as president of Cumberland County College on July 1.

The New President of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama

The New President of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama

Since 2010, Dr. Sykes has served as president of Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville. Earlier in his career, President Sykes was dean of students at Meridian Community College in Mississippi.

The Next President of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington

The Next President of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington

Since 2008, Dr. Isiaah Crawford has served as provost of Seattle University. Previously, Dr. Crawford served on the faculty at Loyola University in Chicago for more than 20 years and was chair of the department of psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Three Finalists for Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Connecticut

The Three Finalists for Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Connecticut

The three candidates for chief diversity officer are Lisa McBride of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Joelle Murchison, an executive at The Travelers Companies in Hartford, and Franklin A. Tuitt of the University of Denver.

One African American Among Finalists for Key Post at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

One African American Among Finalists for Key Post at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Richie Hunter, vice chancellor and vice president of university marketing, communication, and media relations for the University of Houston, is a finalist for vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Paula Johnson Will Be the First African American President of Wellesley College

Paula Johnson Will Be the First African American President of Wellesley College

Dr. Johnson is a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is the founder and executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Two Black Scholars Are Finalists for Dean of Education at the University of Missouri Kansas City

Two Black Scholars Are Finalists for Dean of Education at the University of Missouri Kansas City

The two Black finalists for dean of education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City are Keith B. Wilson, a professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Abul A. Pitre a professor at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

New Leader for the College of Arts and Sciences at Fayetteville State University

New Leader for the College of Arts and Sciences at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has announced the appointment of Samuel Adu-Mireku as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Since 2012, Dr. Adu-Mireku has served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Brian O. Hemphill Named the Seventh President of Radford University in Virginia

Brian O. Hemphill Named the Seventh President of Radford University in Virginia

Since July 2012, Dr. Hemphill has served as the 10th president of West Virginia State University. Previously, he was vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Texas Southern University President to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

Texas Southern University President to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

John M. Rudley has served as the eleventh president of Texas Southern University in Houston since 2008. Earlier, he was interim chancellor of the University of Houston System and interim president of the University of Houston.

Eddie N. Moore Jr. Named President of Norfolk State University in Virginia

Eddie N. Moore Jr. Named President of Norfolk State University in Virginia

Moore has been serving as interim president of Norfolk State since 2013 and the board of visitors rewarded him for leading the university when it was placed on probation by its accrediting agency. It has now been removed from probation.

Virginia State University Names Its New President

Virginia State University Names Its New President

Makola M. Abdullah has been serving as provost and chief academic officer at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. At the time he earned his doctorate, he was the youngest African American to have ever received a Ph.D. in engineering.