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Nicole Pride Appointed President of Historically Black West Virginia State University

Nicole Pride Appointed President of Historically Black West Virginia State University

Dr. Pride had been serving as the vice provost for academic strategy and operations at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Earlier she served as associate vice chancellor for university relations and chief of staff for the chancellor of the university.

Stephen Kolison Named the Fourteenth President of SUNY-Fredonia

Stephen Kolison Named the Fourteenth President of SUNY-Fredonia

Since April 1, 2017, Dr. Kolison has served as executive vice president and provost for the University of Indianapolis. From 2008 to 2017, he served in the administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Four African Americans Appointed to University Dean Positions

Four African Americans Appointed to University Dean Positions

The new deans are Anthony R. Bowrin at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, Ophelie Rowe-Allen at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, Ulysses Taylor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and Michele Cruse at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Two African Americans Appointed to Lead Colleges of the City University of New York

Two African Americans Appointed to Lead Colleges of the City University of New York

Berenecea Johnson Eanes was appointed president of York College of the City University of New York. She has been serving as interim president since last fall. Anthony E. Munroe will serve as president of Borough of Manhattan Community College. Since 2017, he has been president of Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey.

Sonja Feist-Price Appointed Provost at the University of Michigan-Flint

Sonja Feist-Price Appointed Provost at the University of Michigan-Flint

Professor Feist-Price currently serves as the vice president for institutional diversity and professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Counselor Education in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. She will begin her new job on August 1.

California Voters Have the Opportunity to Put Proposition 209 on the Trash Heap of History

California Voters Have the Opportunity to Put Proposition 209 on the Trash Heap of History

In 1996 voters in California passed Proposition 209 which banned the consideration of race in admissions decisions at state-operated colleges and universities. But now the California legislature has voted to place a referendum on the November 3 ballot that would once again allow public universities in the state to consider race in their admissions decisions.

Lynden Archer Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University

Lynden Archer Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University

A Cornell faculty member since 2000, Dr. Archer directed the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from 2010 to 2016. In the fall of 2017, he was named the David Croll Director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Names its Next Provost

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Names its Next Provost

Professor Sims currently serves as the deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and the Elzie Higginbottom Vice Provost and chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the founding director of the Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness and a professor of theater at the university.

Robert E. Johnson to Take the Helm at Western New England University

Robert E. Johnson to Take the Helm at Western New England University

Since 2017, Dr. Johnson has been the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. From 2010 to 2017, he was president of Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He will begin his new duties on August 15.

Michael Wesley Williams Named President of the Interdenominational Theological Center

Michael Wesley Williams Named President of the Interdenominational Theological Center

Matthew Wesley Williams has been named the eleventh president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as interim president since July 2019. He is the youngest person to ever lead the educational institution.

A Quartet of African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Posts

A Quartet of African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Posts

The new deans are Harris Smith in the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, Shelley Johnson in the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University, Amanda Bryant-Friedrich at the Graduate School of Wayne State University in Detroit, and E. Patrick Johnson in the School of Communication at Northwestern University.

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.

Historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland Names Its Next Provost

Historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland Names Its Next Provost

Dr. Carl Goodman has been serving as associate provost for academic affairs and student services at Florida A&M University. He has more than 20 years of teaching, research, and service in the Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Tracy Johnson Named Dean of the Division of Life Sciences at UCLA

Tracy Johnson Named Dean of the Division of Life Sciences at UCLA

Dr. Johnson is a professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology and holder of the Keith and Cecilia Terasaki Presidential Endowed Chair at UCLA. She joined the faculty in 2013 and has served as associate dean for inclusive excellence in the division of life sciences since January 2015.

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.

A Major Black Faculty Hire at Boston University

A Major Black Faculty Hire at Boston University

Ibram X. Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars and historians of racism, will join Boston University’s faculty on July 1 and launch the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Since 2017, he has served on the faculty at American University in Washington, D.C.

R. Charles Byers is the New Leader of West Virginia State University

R. Charles Byers is the New Leader of West Virginia State University

Dr. Byers has served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at the university since July 2019. He had retired as provost in 2014 after 41 years of service at West Virginia State University.

Austin Lane Selected as the Next Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Austin Lane Selected as the Next Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Dr. Lane served as president of Texas Southern University in Houston from 2016 to February of this year. When he takes on his new duties on July 6, he will be the first African American chancellor in the 150-year history of the Carbondale campus.

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond to Lead the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond to Lead the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Dr. Jackson-Hammond is retiring as president of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, on June 30. She became the historically Black university’s first woman president on July 1, 2012. Earlier in her career, she was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Coppin State University in Baltimore.

Black Man to Become Dean of the Nation's Oldest Law School

Black Man to Become Dean of the Nation’s Oldest Law School

A. Benjamin Spencer will be the next dean of the William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. When he takes office on July 1, Professor Spencer will be William & Mary’s first African-American dean. Since 2014 he has been on the law school faculty at the University of Virginia.

Governors State University in Illinois Appoints Cheryl Green as Its Sixth President

Governors State University in Illinois Appoints Cheryl Green as Its Sixth President

Last year, Dr. Green was appointed interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. At that time she was vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Earlier, Dr. Green served as assistant vice president of student affairs at Tennessee State University.

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.

Howard University Appoints Two Black Scholars to Dean Positions

Howard University Appoints Two Black Scholars to Dean Positions

John M. M. Anderson is the new dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture and Anthony D. Wilbon was appointed the fourth dean of the Howard University School of Business.

Kevin James Named the Nineteenth President of Morris Brown College in Atlanta

Kevin James Named the Nineteenth President of Morris Brown College in Atlanta

Dr. James has been serving in this role on an interim basis since March 2019. The college has not been accredited since 2002 and enrolls only a few dozen students. But it is seeking to regain accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

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.

The New Leader of the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia

The New Leader of the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia

Nicole Thorne Jenkins is currently vice dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, where she is also the Von Allmen Chaired Professor of Accountancy. She was previously on the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Washington University in St. Louis.

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.

Tuskegee University President Lily McNair to Resume Her Duties on May 15

Tuskegee University President Lily McNair to Resume Her Duties on May 15

In January of this year, Lily McNair, the eighth president of Tuskegee University in Alabama and the first woman to hold the position, asked for and was granted a medical leave of absence from her duties. The university has announced that she will resume her duties on May 15.

The New Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at DePaul University in Chicago

The New Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at DePaul University in Chicago

Tatum Thomas currently serves as senior associate dean of student affairs at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Prior to her current role, she served as the director of academic services at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

Mitchell College in Connecticut Names Tracy Epsy as its Eighth President

Mitchell College in Connecticut Names Tracy Epsy as its Eighth President

Dr. Epsy currently serves as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Pfeiffer University, which operates three campuses in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Misenheimer, North Carolina. She has been on the staff at Pfeiffer University for more than two decades.

Which HBCUs Got the Most Money From the COVID-19 Stimulus Package?

Which HBCUs Got the Most Money From the COVID-19 Stimulus Package?

The U.S. Department of Education announced that it has released $1.4 billion in funding to help minority-serving institutions manage the financial crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. HBCUs received $575 million of this funding for undergraduate and graduate programs.

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.

The Next Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of New Mexico

The Next Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of New Mexico

Dr. Hansel Burley is currently the chair of the department of educational psychology and leadership and professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

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.