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The Heavyweight Champion of Black Doctoral Degree Awards

The Heavyweight Champion of Black Doctoral Degree Awards

African Americans were awarded 682 doctoral degrees from Walden University between 2011 and 2015. This is almost double the number of doctoral degrees awarded by Howard University, which ranks in second place in doctoral degree awards to blacks from 2011 to 2015.

A Further Honor for a Giant in the Field of Sociology

A Further Honor for a Giant in the Field of Sociology

William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, has been selected to receive the 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award from SAGE Publishing and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

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.

Mohamed Camara to Chair the Department of Africana Studies at Howard University

Mohamed Camara to Chair the Department of Africana Studies at Howard University

Dr. Camara has been serving as associate vice president for academics, speaker of the Faculty Senate, and director of the McNair Scholars Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The First African American President of the American Psychiatric Association

The First African American President of the American Psychiatric Association

Altha Stewart, an associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, will serve one year as president elect and then lead the association for a year, beginning in May 2018.

Stephen Kolison Jr. Named Provost at the University of Indianapolis

Stephen Kolison Jr. Named Provost at the University of Indianapolis

Since 2008, Dr. Kolison has been serving as associate vice president for academic programs and educational innovation and governance for the University of Wisconsin System. Earlier in his career, he was on the faculty at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

The Nationwide Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Nationwide Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

African Americans had the lowest graduation rate of any racial or ethnic group at the nation’s largest colleges and universities. Only 46 percent of all Black students who entered bachelor’s degree programs at these four-year institutions in 2009 earned their degree within six years.

Alondra Nelson Will Be the Next President of the Social Science Research Council

Alondra Nelson Will Be the Next President of the Social Science Research Council

Alondra Nelson, a professor of sociology and dean of social science at Columbia University in New York City, will serve as president of the Social Science Research Council for five years beginning in September.

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.

Former Obama Cabinet Official to Lead The Education Trust

Former Obama Cabinet Official to Lead The Education Trust

John B. King, who served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education at the end of the Obama administration, has been appointed president of The Education Trust. Before joining the Department of Education in 2015, Dr. King was commissioner of education for the state of New York.

New Website Chronicles Columbia University's Ties to Slavery

New Website Chronicles Columbia University’s Ties to Slavery

Columbia University in New York City has debuted a new website that details not only the university’s involvement in slavery since its founding in as King’s College 1754 but also efforts by those at the university to abolish it.

The New Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Southern Methodist University

The New Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Southern Methodist University

Elena D. Hicks has been serving as dean of admission at Loyola University Maryland. Prior to her nine years at Loyola, Hicks was director of admission at Saint Mary’s Hall, a college preparatory school in San Antonio.

Professor Carol Swain to Leave Her Faculty Post at Vanderbilt University

Professor Carol Swain to Leave Her Faculty Post at Vanderbilt University

Carol M. Swain, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University and a professor at the Vanderbilt Law School, has announced that she will leave the university in August. Professor Swain said “I will not miss what American universities have allowed themselves to become.”

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 Curator of Photography Collections at Harvard Art Museums

The New Curator of Photography Collections at Harvard Art Museums

Makeda Best is the new Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Dr. Best was an assistant professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts. Earlier in her career, she taught at the University of Vermont.

The Next Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh

The Next Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Valerie Kinloch is a professor of literacy studies and associate dean of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. She joined the faculty at Ohio State in 2007.

College of Nursing and Health Professions at Valparaiso University in Indiana Names New Dean

College of Nursing and Health Professions at Valparaiso University in Indiana Names New Dean

Dr. Karen Allen has been serving as a professor of nursing at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She served as chair of the nursing department at Andrews University for 17 years. Professor Allen is an associate editor of the Journal of Addictions Nursing.

Kimberly White-Smith Is the New Leader of the College of Education at the University of La Verne

Kimberly White-Smith Is the New Leader of the College of Education at the University of La Verne

Before coming to the University of La Verne, Dr. White-Smith was professor of education, associate dean of the College of Educational Studies and director of the Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Proposal Would Provide Free College Tuition for Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers

Proposal Would Provide Free College Tuition for Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers

Under the so-called Excelsior Scholarship plan, tuition at all two- and four-year college of the State University of New York System and the City University of New York System would be paid by the state for all full-time students from families whose income are below $125,000.

It Appears That There Is Only One African American Among This Year's 40 Marshall Scholars

It Appears That There Is Only One African American Among This Year’s 40 Marshall Scholars

This year 40 Marshall Scholarships were awarded for American students to spend two years in graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom. It appears from JBHE research, that only one of this year’s 40 winners is an African American.

The New Dean of the School of Health Professions at the New York Institute of Technology

The New Dean of the School of Health Professions at the New York Institute of Technology

Prior to joining NYIT, Dr. Sheldon D. Fields served as chief wellness officer, dean, and professor in the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California.

The Next President of Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey

The Next President of Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey

The board of trustees of Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey, has named Barbara Gaba as the educational institution’s next president. Dr. Gaba has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey.

Racial Differences in Bullying at School

Racial Differences in Bullying at School

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that more than 20 percent of all school students ages 12 to 18 in the United States were bullied at school during the 2014-15 school year. When we break down the figures by racial and ethnic group, we find some significant differences.

Board Chair at Meharry Medical College to Step Down After 30 Years at the Helm

Board Chair at Meharry Medical College to Step Down After 30 Years at the Helm

During his 30-year tenure as chair of the board of trustees at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Royal personally contributed $2 million to the medical school and presided over a successful $125 million fundraising campaign.

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.

The Next Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark

The Next Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark

Charles E. Menifield currently serves as associate dean for academic programs at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He will begin his new role at Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey on September 1, 2017.

Both of This Year's Rhodes Scholars From Zimbabwe Have Ties to U.S. Universities

Both of This Year’s Rhodes Scholars From Zimbabwe Have Ties to U.S. Universities

Ngoni Mugwisi is a senior at Arizona State University, who is majoring in electrical engineering. Lillian Dube is a 2015 graduate of the University of Chicago, who plans to pursue two master’s degrees at Oxford — one in education and the other in English.

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.

Lisa Cooper Named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Lisa Cooper Named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Cooper has been serving as the James F. Fries Professor of general internal medicine at the university. She is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities and will now establish a new Institute for Equity and Health.

Debra Foster Greene to Serve as Provost at Lincoln University in Missouri

Debra Foster Greene to Serve as Provost at Lincoln University in Missouri

Dr. Greene has been a faculty member at the university for 20 years and served for eight years as chair of the department of history, political science, and philosophy. She will serve as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs.

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.

Complaints Skyrocket at the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education

Complaints Skyrocket at the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education

In the 2016 fiscal year, there were 542 complaints involving allegations of racial harassment filed with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. Of these, 198 involved complaints related to racial harassment at colleges and universities.

Robert T. Palmer Named to Lead the Center for African American Research and Policy

Robert T. Palmer Named to Lead the Center for African American Research and Policy

Dr. Palmer has been serving as an associate professor and interim chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He joined the Howard University faculty in 2015.

The Progress of the Ivy League in Admitting Black Students

The Progress of the Ivy League in Admitting Black Students

A decade ago, there were 1,110 Black students in the entering classes at the eight Ivy League schools. In 2016, there are 1,503, a 35 percent increase. Four of the eight Ivy League schools have an entering class that is more than 11 percent Black. A decade ago, the leader stood at 9.6 percent.