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Kathie Stromile Golden is the New Provost at Mississippi Valley State University

Kathie Stromile Golden is the New Provost at Mississippi Valley State University

Most recently, Dr. Golden served as director of international programs and special assistant to the President’s Office at MVSU. Prior to that, she served as MVSU’s associate vice president for academic affairs.

Oluyinka Olutoye to Head Pediatric Surgery at Ohio State University

Oluyinka Olutoye to Head Pediatric Surgery at Ohio State University

A native of Nigeria, Dr. Olutoye completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also completed fellowships in pediatric and fetal surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

John Warner Smith is the First Black Male Poet Laureate for the State of Louisiana

John Warner Smith is the First Black Male Poet Laureate for the State of Louisiana

Currently, Smith teaches English at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Smith is a graduate of McNeese State University in Louisiana, where he majored in psychology and accounting. He holds two master’s degrees.

Dwyane Smith Is the New Leader of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis

Dwyane Smith Is the New Leader of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis

For the past dozen years, Dr. Smith has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the university. Before joining the staff at Harris-Stowe State University, Dr. Smith was assistant vice president for academic affairs at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Godwin-Charles Ogbeide Takes Leadership Role at Purdue University Northwest

Godwin-Charles Ogbeide Takes Leadership Role at Purdue University Northwest

Godwin-Charles Ogbeide is the new director of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Indiana. He was an associate professor and director of strategy and hospitality at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

In Memoriam: Chloe A. Wofford Morrison, 1931-2019

In Memoriam: Chloe A. Wofford Morrison, 1931-2019

Toni Morrison was a giant of American literature and the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University in New Jersey. In 1993, Professor Morrison was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

Carol Johnson-Dean Will Be the New Leader of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Carol Johnson-Dean Will Be the New Leader of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Dr. Johnson-Dean has been serving as executive director of the Memphis chapter of New Leaders, a nonprofit organization that develops educators’ leadership skills. Earlier, she led the public school systems in Memphis, Boston, and Minneapolis.

Mediation Fails to Resolve Lawsuit Filed by Four HBCUs Against the State of Maryland

Mediation Fails to Resolve Lawsuit Filed by Four HBCUs Against the State of Maryland

In December, a federal judge ordered the state of Maryland and four historically Black state universities into mediation to settle a 13-year-old lawsuit. The deadline to reach a solution has come and passed.

Berenecea Johnson Eanes Is the New Leader of York College of the City University of New York

Berenecea Johnson Eanes Is the New Leader of York College of the City University of New York

Dr. Eanes has been serving as vice president for the Division of Student Affairs at California State University, Fullerton. She has been on the staff at CalState, Fullerton for the past seven years.

A. Eugene Washington Gets a Vote of Confidence at Duke University

A. Eugene Washington Gets a Vote of Confidence at Duke University

A. Eugene Washington, chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System, has been reappointed to a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2020. He came to Duke in 2015 after serving as dean of the medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Two African American Men Appointed to Positions as Deans

Two African American Men Appointed to Positions as Deans

Donald Easton-Brooks is the new dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Richard C. Miller is now serving as interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

Andrea Jackson Is the New Dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry

Andrea Jackson Is the New Dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry

Dr. Jackson has served as interim dean of the College of Dentistry since July 2018. Earlier, she was associate dean of clinical affairs and professor and chair of the department of prosthodontics. She has served on the Howard University faculty for the past 30 years.

Peggy Valentine Appointed to Lead Fayetteville State University in North Carolina

Peggy Valentine Appointed to Lead Fayetteville State University in North Carolina

Dr. Valentine has been serving as dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Her research focuses on homeless and minority health issues. Dr. Valentine is the founding editor-in-chief for the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity.

Angela Peters Appointed Provost at Albany State University in Georgia

Angela Peters Appointed Provost at Albany State University in Georgia

Since 2013, Dr. Peters has been serving as vice provost for academic programs at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Additionally, she has served as a professor and chair for the department of chemistry at Claflin.

The New Leader of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates

The New Leader of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates

Dr. Clayton-Jones currently serves as an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has also taught at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Baylor University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Concordia University.

Cheryl Evans Jones Appointed Acting President of Paine College

Cheryl Evans Jones Appointed Acting President of Paine College

Dr. Jones first joined the Paine College faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor of psychology. She later went on to become an associate professor and earned tenure. In 2014, she served as Paine’s acting provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Veronica Adams Yon Elected President of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society

Veronica Adams Yon Elected President of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society

The 93,000-member organization celebrates the achievement of juniors, seniors, and graduate students in all disciplines. Dr. Yon, an associate professor of English at Florida A&M University, will serve as president of the honor society for the next four years.

The New Provost  and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln University in Missouri

The New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln University in Missouri

Dr. Sanders has been serving as a professor of music, chair of fine arts, and director of the B.B. King Recording Studio at Mississippi Valley State University. He has studied Chinese music and visual arts as a Fulbright Scholar.

Wanda Brown Takes Over as President of the American Library Association

Wanda Brown Takes Over as President of the American Library Association

Brown, the director of library services at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, is the first president of the American Library Association who is currently a librarian at a historically Black university. She is the sixth African American to hold the presidency of the ALA.

Suzanne Walsh Named President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Suzanne Walsh Named President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Currently, Walsh serves as the founder and manager of Discerning SEWlutions, a consulting firm in Seattle. Earlier in her career she held various leadership roles with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Heinz Endowments, and Cuyahoga Community College.

Feleccia Moore-Davis Selected to Lead the Meramec Campus of St. Louis Community College

Feleccia Moore-Davis Selected to Lead the Meramec Campus of St. Louis Community College

Most recently, Dr. Moore-Davis served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Tallahassee Community College in Florida. She previously worked at CyFair campus of Lone Star College in Houston as dean and vice president for instruction.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College Chooses Sandra Barnes to Head its Natchez Campus

Copiah-Lincoln Community College Chooses Sandra Barnes to Head its Natchez Campus

Dr. Barnes currently serves as the chair and professor in the department of chemistry and physics at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She has also served in other capacities at Alcorn State including research assistant professor for the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics.

George T. French, Jr. Will Be the Fifth President of Clark Atlanta University

George T. French, Jr. Will Be the Fifth President of Clark Atlanta University

Dr. French has served as president of historically Black Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, since 2006. In 2015, he co-founded the Higher Education Leader Foundation to help prepare highly skilled talent for positions of leadership at HBCUs.

Kenesha Starling is the First African American Editor-in-Chief of the South Texas Law Review

Kenesha Starling is the First African American Editor-in-Chief of the South Texas Law Review

Starling, the first Black editor-in-chief in of the law review in the 96-year history of the law school, is currently completing her final year of law school at South Texas. During her time in law school, she has had to balance a full-time job at a federal agency, her educational pursuits, and motherhood.

Matthew Wesley Williams Selected to Lead the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta

Matthew Wesley Williams Selected to Lead the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta

Currently, Williams serves as vice president of strategic initiatives for the Forum for Theological Exploration in Decatur, Georgia. He holds a master of divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center.

Leadership Change on the Horizon at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Leadership Change on the Horizon at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

The board of trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, has chosen not to renew the contract of President Andrea Miller. Dr. Miller was appointed the 12th president of the historically Black college in 2015. She is the first woman president in the college’s history.

The New President of Mississippi Delta Community College

The New President of Mississippi Delta Community College

Dr. Tyrone Jackson has been serving as vice president of administrative services at the Utica campus of Hinds Community College. Previously, he was associate vice president for student services at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston.

Aldon Morris Elected President of the American Sociological Association

Aldon Morris Elected President of the American Sociological Association

Aldon Morris, the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, was named the 112th president of the American Sociological Association. He will serve one year as president-elect and then become president of the organization in August 2020.

The First African American President of Everett Community College in Washington State

The First African American President of Everett Community College in Washington State

Dr. Willis has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York. Earlier in her career, Dr. Willis was an assistant professor of history, faculty senate president, department chair, and dean of academic studies at Lee College in Baytown, Texas.

Jerry Wallace Named President of the Hasting Campus of Central Community College in Nebraska

Jerry Wallace Named President of the Hasting Campus of Central Community College in Nebraska

Most recently, Dr. Wallace served as dean of workforce, technical, and community education at New River Community and Technical College in Beckley, West Virginia. His new duties will include serving as vice president for the three-campus Central Community College system.

Dwaun Warmack Named President of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina

Dwaun Warmack Named President of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina

For the past five years, Dr. Warmack has served as president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri. Earlier, Dr. Warmack served as senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and as the associate dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Two African American Women Named Provosts at Universities in North Carolina

Two African American Women Named Provosts at Universities in North Carolina

Farrah Jackson Ward has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University and Wanda Coneal has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh.

Three Black Women Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Three Black Women Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Lesley Lokko has been appointed dean of the School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Vanessa Lovelace will be the dean at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and Robin L. Hughes will be dean of the School of Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Jack Thomas Steps Down as President of Western Illinois University

Jack Thomas Steps Down as President of Western Illinois University

Dr. Jack Thomas was named the eleventh president of Western Illinois University in 2011. Previously, Dr. Thomas served as the university’s provost and academic vice president. Some of the president supporters alleged that racism was behind the campaign to oust the university’s first African American president.

Charles Whitaker Named Dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University

Charles Whitaker Named Dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University

Professor Whitaker has been a member of the Medill faculty since 1993. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on news writing, magazine writing, magazine editing, and blogging. He also teaches in Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies.

Patrick Liverpool Is Now Serving as Provost at North Carolina Central University

Patrick Liverpool Is Now Serving as Provost at North Carolina Central University

Most recently, Dr. Liverpool served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Earlier in his career, he served as vice provost for university outreach and international programs at Virginia Tech.