Leadership

Larry Robinson Appointed the 12th President of Florida A&M University

Larry Robinson Appointed the 12th President of Florida A&M University

Dr. Robinson has been serving as interim president of the university, a role he had taken on twice before. Over the years, he has served in a number of posts including provost and vice president of academic affairs and director of the Environmental Sciences Institute.

The Next Leader of Norfolk State University in Virginia

The Next Leader of Norfolk State University in Virginia

Dr. Melvin T. Stith has served on the board of visitors of Norfolk State University since 2013 and as vice rector since 2016. He is dean emeritus of the School of Management at Syracuse University. Dr. Stith will begin his term as interim president on January 1.

Samuel Mukasa Is One of Three Finalists for Provost at the University of Connecticut

Samuel Mukasa Is One of Three Finalists for Provost at the University of Connecticut

Samuel B. Mukasa is dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. Mukasa was dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.

Wilma Mishoe Will Lead Delaware State University in Transition Period

Wilma Mishoe Will Lead Delaware State University in Transition Period

Dr. Mishoe, who now chairs the board of trustees at Delaware State, is the former dean of the Office of Instruction at Delaware Technical & Community College. Her father Luna Mishoe was the president of what is now Delaware State University from 1960 to 1987.

Harry Lee Williams to Lead the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Harry Lee Williams to Lead the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Harry Lee Williams was named the 10th president of Delaware State University in 2009. He will step down from his post on January 20 in order to take on his new role as president of the nonprofit fundraising organization representing public historically Black colleges and universities.

Ruth J. Simmons Appointed the Eighth President of Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Ruth J. Simmons Appointed the Eighth President of Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Dr. Simmons has been serving as interim president of the university since July. She served as the 18th president of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, from 2001 to 2012. Before becoming president of Brown University, Dr. Simmons was president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Jerryl Briggs Appointed the Eighth President of Mississippi Valley State University

Jerryl Briggs Appointed the Eighth President of Mississippi Valley State University

This past June, Jerryl Briggs was appointed acting president of Mississippi Valley State University when the then president William B. Bynum, left to become president of Jackson State University. Now Dr. Briggs has been selected to serve in the role on a permanent basis.

One African American Among the Five Finalists for President of Fairmont State University

One African American Among the Five Finalists for President of Fairmont State University

Robert C. Mock is the former president of the Charlotte campus of Johnson & Wales University. Previously, he was vice president for student affairs at the University of Kentucky.

Penn Announces its First Cohort of Minority Serving Institutions Aspiring Leaders Program

Penn Announces its First Cohort of Minority Serving Institutions Aspiring Leaders Program

The goal of the program is to train the next generation of university presidents who will lead the country’s minority serving institutions, including historically Black colleges and universities.

The Four Finalists for the Presidency of Alabama State University

The Four Finalists for the Presidency of Alabama State University

This past Thursday the four finalists for the presidency of Alabama State University were on campus to meet with members of the campus community. No timetable has been announced for when the new president will be selected.

Noble Maseru Named Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Pittsburgh

Noble Maseru Named Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Noble A-W Maseru served for the past 10 years as health commissioner for the city of Cincinnati. He is also the former health director for the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion.

Virginia Union University Names Its Next President

Virginia Union University Names Its Next President

Since 2012, Dr. Hakim J. Lucas has served as vice president for institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lucas held fundraising posts at SUNY-Westbury and Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

Michelle Howard-Vital Named to Lead Florida Memorial University

Michelle Howard-Vital Named to Lead Florida Memorial University

In 2016, Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital was chosen to serve as executive vice president and provost at Florida Memorial University. From 2007 to 2014, she was president of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

Howard University President Gets a Major Vote of Confidence

Howard University President Gets a Major Vote of Confidence

In 2015, Wayne A.I. Frederick became the 17th president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Now the board of trustees of Howard University has extended his contract for five additional years after his first term is over in 2019.

Haywood Strickland to Retire From Presidency of Wiley College

Haywood Strickland to Retire From Presidency of Wiley College

Haywood L. Strickland has announced that he will step down as president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. He has led the historically Black educational institution in East Texas since 2000.

Paulette Dillard to Lead Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Paulette Dillard to Lead Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Dillard has served as a department chair, dean, and vice president of academic affairs at the university. She will serve as interim president while a nationwide search is underway to find the next permanent president of the university.

The First African American President of Eureka College in Illinois

The First African American President of Eureka College in Illinois

Jamel Santa Cruze Wright has been serving as interim president of the college since July 2016. Dr. Wright first came to Eureka College in 2014 as chief diversity officer and vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives.

Phyllis Worthy Dawkins Appointed President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Phyllis Worthy Dawkins Appointed President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Dr. Dawkins has been serving as interim president since last August. Dr. Dawkins became provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bennett College in December 2015 after serving in a similar role at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Shaw University President Steps Down to Take Post as Chief Operating Officer at Howard University

Shaw University President Steps Down to Take Post as Chief Operating Officer at Howard University

Tashni-Ann Dubroy has reigned her position as the 17th president of historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, after only two years in office. She will become executive vice president and chief operating officer at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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.