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M. Christopher Brown Appointed President of Kentucky State University

M. Christopher Brown Appointed President of Kentucky State University

Dr. Brown has been serving as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the Southern University System in Louisiana. He is the former president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He stepped down from that position in December 2013.

Ellen Smiley Appointed Provost at Grambling State University in Louisiana

Ellen Smiley Appointed Provost at Grambling State University in Louisiana

Ellen Smiley has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Grambling State University on an interim basis since August 2016. Dr. Smiley joined the staff at Grambling State University in 1990 and has served in many administrative positions.

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Names Its Next Chancellor

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Names Its Next Chancellor

Since 2010, Robert E. Johnson has been president of Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. When he takes office, he will become the first African American to lead the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth campus.

The Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

If we look at all four-year educational institutions, we find that 39.5 percent of African Americans who entered these institutions in 2009 seeking a bachelor’s degree earned their degree within six years. For Whites seeking bachelor’s degrees, the graduation rate was 59.4 percent.

The First African American Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review

The First African American Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review

Chelsea Evans, a second-year student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, is the first African American to be elected editor-in-chief in the 69-year history of the legal publication.

Three Black Scholars Elected Members of the National Academy of Engineering

Three Black Scholars Elected Members of the National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering recently announced the election of 84 new members. The academy does not disclose the racial makeup of its membership, but it appears that there are three Black engineers among the 84 new members.

Gary May Appointed the Seventh Chancellor of the University of California, Davis

Gary May Appointed the Seventh Chancellor of the University of California, Davis

Dr. May currently serves as dean of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He was appointed to this post in July 2011. He also is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.

The First Black Woman to Lead the Harvard Law Review

The First Black Woman to Lead the Harvard Law Review

The first edition of the Harvard Law Review was published in 1887. It has the largest circulation of any law journal in the world. Now, for the first time in 131 years, a Black woman will serve as president of the law review.

Cornell University Chooses the Next Dean of Its School of Applied Economics and Management

Cornell University Chooses the Next Dean of Its School of Applied Economics and Management

Currently, Lynn Perry Wooten is senior associate dean for academic and student excellence and a clinical professor of strategy, management, and organizations at the University of Michigan. She will become dean on July 1.

New Data on African American Enrollments in Higher Education

New Data on African American Enrollments in Higher Education

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education reports that there were 20,389,307 students enrolled in degree granting institutions in the fall of 2015. Of these, 2,606,038 were African Americans.

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.