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An Eventful Week for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

An Eventful Week for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

On Monday, Aaron A. Walton was named president of the university through June 2021 and on Thursday the historically Black university learned that it would not lose its accreditation.

Castell Vaughn Bryant Named Acting President of Florida Memorial University

Castell Vaughn Bryant Named Acting President of Florida Memorial University

The board of trustees of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens has appointed Castell Vaughn Bryant as acting president. The appointment was made when interim president Michelle Howard-Vital took an emergency medical leave.

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.

Judge Orders Appointment of a "Special Master" to Resolve Maryland Desegregation Suit

Judge Orders Appointment of a “Special Master” to Resolve Maryland Desegregation Suit

A federal judge in Maryland has ordered both sides in the longstanding lawsuit over inequities in the state system of higher education to work harder to find a solution. She will appoint a special master to oversee the negotiations.

Edwidge Danticat Wins the Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Edwidge Danticat Wins the Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Edwidge Danticat, the Haitian-American writer who has taught creative writing at New York University and the University of Miami, was chosen to receive the $50,000 Neustadt Prize, which is awarded by the University of Oklahoma.

Angela Amar Named Dean of the Nursing School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Angela Amar Named Dean of the Nursing School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Currently, Dr. Amar is the associate dean for undergraduate studies and chief diversity officer at the School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta. Earlier, she was an associate professor and director of the advanced forensic nursing program at Boston College.

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.

Is Merit-Based Financial Aid Detrimental to the Future of American Medicine?

Is Merit-Based Financial Aid Detrimental to the Future of American Medicine?

The number of students who graduate with no medical school debt has nearly doubled in the past five years. In contrast, the number of students who graduate with more than $300,000 in debt has also doubled.

Gary Bledsoe Is the New Leader of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Gary Bledsoe Is the New Leader of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Bledsoe, who has been president of the Texas NAACP since 1991, will lead the law school at Texas Southern University in Houston on an interim basis as the law school goes through its American Bar Association compliance process.

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.

Michael V. Drake Elected Chair of the Association of American Universities

Michael V. Drake Elected Chair of the Association of American Universities

Dr. Drake became the 15th president of Ohio State University in June 2014. He is the first African American to hold the post. He will serve a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the consortium of 62 leading research institutions.

The New Dean of University College at Fort Valley State University in Georgia

The New Dean of University College at Fort Valley State University in Georgia

Stevie L. Lawrence II has been serving as executive director for retention services and interim vice president for student success and enrollment management at Fort Valley State University. Earlier, he was director of college success services for the University of North Carolina System.

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.

The Next Provost at Texas Southern University in Houston

The Next Provost at Texas Southern University in Houston

Kendall T. Harris has been serving as dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He joined the faculty at Prairie View A&M University in 2005 as a professor of mechanical engineering. Earlier, Dr. Harris taught at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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.

Arthur Dunning Retiring as President of Albany State University in Georgia

Arthur Dunning Retiring as President of Albany State University in Georgia

Dr. Dunning was named interim president of Albany State University in 2013 and was hired on a permanent basis in 2015. He successfully presided over the university during its merger with Darton State College.

Columbia University to Invest $100 Million in Faculty Diversity Programs

Columbia University to Invest $100 Million in Faculty Diversity Programs

Over the next five years, Columbia University will invest $100 million in the effort to support recruitment and career development for professors, doctoral, and postdoctoral students who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education.

Leslie Howard Is the New Leader of Women and Mathematics Education

Leslie Howard Is the New Leader of Women and Mathematics Education

Leslie Howard is an adjunct associate professor of mathematics at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She has taught at Temple University and Drexel University, both in Philadelphia and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

David A. Thomas Named the 12th President of Morehouse College

David A. Thomas Named the 12th President of Morehouse College

Dr. Thomas currently serves as the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is the former dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Clarence D. Armbrister Appointed the Fourteenth President of Johnson C. Smith University

Clarence D. Armbrister Appointed the Fourteenth President of Johnson C. Smith University

Clarence Armbrister currently serves as president of Girard College, an independent college preparatory school in Philadelphia. Previously, he was senior vice president and chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and chief operating officer at Temple University in Philadelphia.

African American Studies Granted Departmental Status at the University of Virginia

African American Studies Granted Departmental Status at the University of Virginia

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia was established in 1981. Now, 36 years later it has been granted departmental status allowing it to function autonomously to develop curriculum and hire faculty.

Nathaniel Glover Announces He Will Step Down as President of Edward Waters College

Nathaniel Glover Announces He Will Step Down as President of Edward Waters College

In 1995, Nathaniel Glover was elected as the first African American sheriff in Florida in more than 100 years and the first African American sheriff in the history of Jacksonville. He was named the 29th president of Edward Waters College in 2011.

Black Scholar Named to a High-Level Post in the Department of Education

Black Scholar Named to a High-Level Post in the Department of Education

Leonard Haynes has been appointed as senior advisor to the Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. He has been serving as a distinguished adjunct professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.

The Racial Scoring Gap of the New SAT College Entrance Examination

The Racial Scoring Gap of the New SAT College Entrance Examination

This 177-point scoring gap on the revised SAT test is less than has been the case in the past. But The College Board maintains that these scores cannot be compared to previous results, so we have no idea if Black students are closing the racial gap.

Benita Powell to Lead the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Benita Powell to Lead the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Benita Powell is the assistant general counsel at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Powell will serve for a year as president-elect of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors before taking over the leadership of the organization.

Two African Americans Named to Dean Positions at Alcorn State University

Two African Americans Named to Dean Positions at Alcorn State University

Edmund Buckner was named dean of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Donna Williams was appointed dean of the School of Business at the university.

Racial Discrimination in Hiring Remains Entrenched

Racial Discrimination in Hiring Remains Entrenched

The authors examined 28 different studies representing 55,842 job applications submitted for 26,326 positions. They found that since 1989, Whites receive on average 36 percent more callbacks than African Americans and that this rate remained constant over the period.

James B. Hughes Jr. to Lead the Emory University School of Law

James B. Hughes Jr. to Lead the Emory University School of Law

Professor Hughes has been a member of the faculty at the law school since 1992. He also has been serving as associate dean for academic affairs. Earlier, he was a partner in the Atlanta law firm Trotter, Smith & Jacobs, where he practiced commercial real estate law.

Florida A&M University Extends the Contract of Interim President Larry Robinson

Florida A&M University Extends the Contract of Interim President Larry Robinson

One year ago, the board of trustees named Larry Robinson as interim president of Florida A&M University. He had served in that role twice before from July 2012 to April 2014 and in 2007. Now the board of trustees has extended his contract as interim president for another year through September 2018.

The New Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The New Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Johnathan Holifield, an author, consultant, and former player in the National Football League has been named director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

DeRionne P. Pollard Receives the Academic Leadership Award From the Carnegie Corporation

DeRionne P. Pollard Receives the Academic Leadership Award From the Carnegie Corporation

DeRionne Pollard is president of Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She is being honored for an ambitious strategic plan, which focused on student retention and completion. She will receive a $500,000 award to support her academic initiatives.

HBCUs Throughout the Southeast Impacted by Hurricane Irma

HBCUs Throughout the Southeast Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Many of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities are located in the southeastern United States. As a result many were impacted by powerful Hurricane Irma. The impact of the hurricane closed HBCU campuses in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Quinton T. Ross Chosen as President of Alabama State University in Montgomery

Quinton T. Ross Chosen as President of Alabama State University in Montgomery

Dr. Ross is an Alabama State Senator. He also has served as director of adult education at Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery. Dr. Ross was a finalist for president of Alabama State in 2013.

Spelman College in Atlanta Will Admit Transgender Students in 2018

Spelman College in Atlanta Will Admit Transgender Students in 2018

Spelman College in Atlanta announced that for the class that will enter college in the fall of 2018 it “will consider for admission women students including students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth.” Most of the nation’s leading women’s colleges made similar decisions two or three years ago.

Former Secretary of Education Is Now Teaching at the University of Maryland

Former Secretary of Education Is Now Teaching at the University of Maryland

John B. King Jr., the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, is a visiting professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is teaching a course on education policy.

The New Provost at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama

The New Provost at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama

Colwick Wilson was the director of research, innovation, and grants at Kettering Health Network in Ohio. Earlier, he served in several capacities at Loma Linda University in Los Angeles.