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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.