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Thema Bryant-Davis Has Been Named President-Elect of the American Psychological Association

Thema Bryant-Davis Has Been Named President-Elect of the American Psychological Association

Dr. Bryant Davis, professor of psychology and director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, is the youngest person to be elected president of the association and the fourth Black woman to hold the post.

Johns Silvanus Wilson Jr. Chosen to Lead the Millennium Leadership Initiative

Johns Silvanus Wilson Jr. Chosen to Lead the Millennium Leadership Initiative

A former president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Dr. Wilson was executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2009-2013. He will now serve as executive director of the Millennium Leadership Initiative at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Janai Nelson Appointed President and Director-Counsel of the Legal Defense Fund

Janai Nelson Appointed President and Director-Counsel of the Legal Defense Fund

Janai Nelson has served as associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for the past eight years. Earlier, she spent nearly 10 years in academia as a full professor and high-level administrator and dean at St. John’s University School of Law in New York.

The First African American President of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland

The First African American President of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland

Dr. Daria Willis currently serves as president of Everett Community College in Washington. Earlier, Dr. Willis was the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Onondaga Community College of the State University of New York and dean of academic studies at Lee College in Baytown, Texas.

The Chair-Elect of the National Association of College Admission Counseling’s Board of Directors

The Chair-Elect of the National Association of College Admission Counseling’s Board of Directors

Since 2018, Vern Granger has been director of undergraduate admissions in the Division of Enrollment Planning & Management at the University of Connecticut. In each of the undergraduate admissions cycles since his appointment, the university has attracted record numbers of students of color as part of the incoming classes.

The Next Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District in California

The Next Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District in California

Byron D. Clift Breland has been serving as chancellor of the San Jose – Evergreen Community College District located in Silicon Valley. From 2013 to 2018 he was president of San José City College. He will begin his new job on January 18.

Marcus Jones Is the First Black President of Northwestern State University in Louisiana

Marcus Jones Is the First Black President of Northwestern State University in Louisiana

Before being named interim president in July 2021, Jones was executive vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Louisiana System. He was executive vice president for university and business affairs at Northwestern State from 2017 to 2020 and has been a faculty member since 1994.

The First African Woman to Win the African Studies Association's Distinguished Africanist Award

The First African Woman to Win the African Studies Association’s Distinguished Africanist Award

Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí is a professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York. In the 38-year history of the honor, she is the first African woman to win the Distinguished Africanist Award. More than half the recipients have been White men.

Three Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of African American Deans

Three Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of African American Deans

Hasan C. Crockett is the new dean of liberal arts and humanities at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Jennifer Faison Kelly is the new dean of the School of Education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and Johannah Williams has been hired as the dean of the STEM Division at Nashville State Community College.

Reginald DesRoches Will Be the Eighth President of Rice University in Houston

Reginald DesRoches Will Be the Eighth President of Rice University in Houston

The will of oil tycoon William Marsh Rice stipulated that only White students would be allowed to enroll at the university bearing his name. From its founding in 1912 to 1965, no Black student was permitted to enroll at Rice University. Next summer, the university will install its first Black president.

The American Psychological Association Apologizes for Its Past History of Racism

The American Psychological Association Apologizes for Its Past History of Racism

The apology began by stating that “the American Psychological Association failed in its role leading the discipline of psychology, was complicit in contributing to systemic inequities, and hurt many through racism, racial discrimination, and denigration of people of color.”

Samuel Mukasa Is the New Provost at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Samuel Mukasa Is the New Provost at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Mukasa is the former dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota and former dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Eric J. Essene Professor of Geochemistry at the University of New Hampshire.

Vanderbilt University's Renã Robinson Is Leading a National Organization of Black Chemists

Vanderbilt University’s Renã Robinson Is Leading a National Organization of Black Chemists

Renã A.S. Robinson, associate professor of chemistry and Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has been named president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).

Once Again, Regina Favors Selected to Lead Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

Once Again, Regina Favors Selected to Lead Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

For the second time, Regina Favors has been named interim president of Arkansas Baptist College, a historically Black educational institution in Little Rock. Favors is the former president and CEO of Pinnacle Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Sonja Stills Will Be the First Woman Commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Sonja Stills Will Be the First Woman Commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Stills currently serves as the chief of staff and chief operating officer of the MEAC. She also serves as the MEAC’s director of Esports. Before arriving at the MEAC, Stills served as senior woman administrator for the athletics department at Hampton University in Virginia.

Ashley Jones Appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Alabama

Ashley Jones Appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Alabama

Ashley M. Jones is the youngest and first person of color to be named poet laureate of Alabama, a position created 91 years ago. Jones teaches at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Gloria Blackwell Is the New CEO of the American Association of University Women

Gloria Blackwell Is the New CEO of the American Association of University Women

Blackwell had been serving as the executive vice president and chief program officer for the association. For 17 years, she directed AAUW’s highly esteemed fellowships and grants program which has awarded more than $70 million in funding to women scholars and programs in the U.S. and overseas.

Notre Dame's K. Matthew Dames Is the New Leader of the Association of Research Libraries

Notre Dame’s K. Matthew Dames Is the New Leader of the Association of Research Libraries

Dr. Dames came to Notre Dame this fall after serving as Boston University Librarian since 2018. Earlier, Dr. Dames was associate university librarian for scholarly resources and services at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans

Kimberly Moorehead has been named dean of the University College at Dillard University in New Orleans. Malcolm Butler will be the next dean of the Cato School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Nicquet Blake was appointed dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, San Francisco.

Linda Scott Was Named President-Elect of the American Academy of Nursing

Linda Scott Was Named President-Elect of the American Academy of Nursing

Dr. Scott became the eighth dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. Earlier she was associate dean for academic affairs, director of graduate studies, and urban health at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing.

Olufunke Fontenot is the New Provost at Fort Valley State University in Georgia

Olufunke Fontenot is the New Provost at Fort Valley State University in Georgia

Before coming to Fort Valley State University in 2019, Dr. Fontenot served as the interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. Dr. Fontenot also served as associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, and interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albany State University in Georgia.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Universities

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Universities

Marla Love has been named the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Asquith S. “Sean” Armstrong has been named dean of University College at Washington University in St. Louis and Arlene J. Montgomery is the new interim dean of the School of Nursing at Hampton University in Virginia.

Kyle Farmbry Will Be the Tenth President of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Kyle Farmbry Will Be the Tenth President of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Dr. Farmbry has been serving as a professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University in Newark. Earlier, he was dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers-Newark. When Dr. Farmbry takes office on January 1, he will be the first African American to serve as Guilford College’s president.

Prairie State College in Illinois Names Its First African American President

Prairie State College in Illinois Names Its First African American President

Dr. Michael D. Anthony previously served as the vice president of student affairs and enrollment management at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. Earlier, he was the inaugural chief diversity officer at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois, and inaugural director of the Cultural Center at the University of Louisville.

Three African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Three African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Lynette Luckers is the new dean of counseling and completion services at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania. Debbie G. Thomas has been appointed dean of the College of Education at Grambling State University in Louisiana and Tawana Parks was appointed the Martha A. Darling Dean of Students at Reed College in Portland. Oregon.

Daniel Wims Will Be the Next President of Alabama A&M University

Daniel Wims Will Be the Next President of Alabama A&M University

Dr. Wims has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs and for research, as well as a professor of agricultural sciences at the university. He will become the twelfth president of Alabama A&M on January 1.

Damara Hightower Mitchell Is the New Provost at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina

Damara Hightower Mitchell Is the New Provost at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina

Dr. Hightower Mitchell came to Voorhees in 2020 to establish the Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation. Before coming to Voorhees College, Dr. Hightower Mitchell taught at Claflin University, the University of South Carolina, and Benedict College.

Gretchen Generett Is the New Dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh

Gretchen Generett Is the New Dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh

A Duquesne faculty member since 2008, Dr. Generett also has served as associate dean for graduate studies and research, chair of the department of educational foundations and leadership, and director of the Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. She holds the Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach.

Ericke Cage Is the New Leader of Historically Black West Virginia State University

Ericke Cage Is the New Leader of Historically Black West Virginia State University

Cage joined the university in July as vice president and chief of staff and has been serving as the university’s chief operating officer managing the day-to-day operations of the university since July 30. Before arriving at West Virginia State, Cage was the senior advisor to the president and university ombudsman at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

Sean Perryman to Lead the New Center for Social Justice at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Sean Perryman to Lead the New Center for Social Justice at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Perryman has served as director of social impact policy at the Internet Association leading the association’s efforts on diversity in tech, immigration, and its racial justice strategy. Earlier, Perryman served as the youngest-ever president of the Fairfax County, Virginia, NAACP.

Three Black Women Scholars Named to Dean Positions at HBCUs

Three Black Women Scholars Named to Dean Positions at HBCUs

Afua Arhin is the new dean of the College of Health, Science, and Technology at Fayetteville State University. Michelle McQueen-Williams was appointed interim dean of the School of Education at Virginia Union University and Julia Wilson was named interim dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in Virginia.

Andra Johnson to Lead the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service

Andra Johnson to Lead the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service

Dr. Johnson has been serving as associate director of Pennsylvania State University Extension. Earlier in his career, he was assistant director of research and graduate research at Alcorn State University in Mississippi and vice chancellor for research and technology development at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Journalist Meredith Clark to Lead a New Academic Center at Northeastern University in Boston

Journalist Meredith Clark to Lead a New Academic Center at Northeastern University in Boston

Meredith Clark has been named the founding director of the Center for Communications, Media Innovation and Social Change in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Clark, who is a former print journalist for the Tallahassee Democrat and the Raleigh News & Observer will hold the rank of associate professor.

Don Essex Is the New Dean of Lyman Beecher Brooks Library at Norfolk State University

Don Essex Is the New Dean of Lyman Beecher Brooks Library at Norfolk State University

Before coming to Norfolk State, Dean Essex was an associate professor and director of the Theofield G. Weis Library at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland, for nearly seven years. Earlier, he served for 13 years as a legislative information specialist for the Washington office of the American Library Association.

Delaware State University President to Lead White House's HBCU Advisory Board

Delaware State University President to Lead White House’s HBCU Advisory Board

Dr. Tony Allen was appointed president of Delaware State University in 2020 after serving as provost for nearly three years. Before coming to Delaware State, Dr. Allen was head of the corporate reputation group for Bank of America. He is the former executive vice president of MBNA, the large banking and credit card company.

Lerone Martin Named Faculty Director of Stanford's  MLK Research and Education Institute

Lerone Martin Named Faculty Director of Stanford’s MLK Research and Education Institute

Dr. Martin is currently an associate professor of religion and politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, as well as associate professor of African and African-American studies, and director of American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He will join the Stanford faculty in January.