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Larissa Littleton-Steib Named Chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans

Larissa Littleton-Steib Named Chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans

Since 2016, Dr. Littleton-Steib has served as chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana. Earlier in her career, she served in various roles at Delgado Community College including vice chancellor of workforce development and dean of technical education.

Jeffrey C. Stewart Wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Biography

Jeffrey C. Stewart Wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Biography

Dr. Stewart is a professor of Black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was honored for his book on Alain Locke, the first African American Rhodes Scholar and later a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

The new deans are Claire Garcia at Colorado College, Malik S. Henfield at Loyola University in Chicago, Wendi S. Williams at Mills College in Oakland, California, Nicola Boothe Perry at Florida A&M University, and John M.M. Anderson at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Jann Luciana Joseph Will Be the Next President of Georgia Gwinnett College

Jann Luciana Joseph Will Be the Next President of Georgia Gwinnett College

Currently, Dr. Joseph serves as interim chancellor of Indiana University South Bend. She was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the South Bend campus before she was asked to step into her current role. Earlier in her career, she served as dean of the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University.

Shaun Harper Chosen to Lead the American Educational Research Association

Shaun Harper Chosen to Lead the American Educational Research Association

Currently, Dr. Harper serves as a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business, the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, and the founder and executive director of the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California.

Alicia Harvey-Smith Selected as the New President of Pittsburgh Technical College

Alicia Harvey-Smith Selected as the New President of Pittsburgh Technical College

Currently, Dr. Harvey-Smith serves as the executive vice chancellor at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. Earlier in her career she served as president of River Valley Community College in Claremont, New Hampshire, and as vice president of student affairs at Baltimore City Community College.

Four African-American Scholars Elected Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Four African-American Scholars Elected Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently inducted 11 individuals into the 250-member honorary society. New members are elected only upon the death of other members. Of the 11 new members, four are African Americans.

Tyrone Jackson Appointed President of Mississippi Delta Community College

Tyrone Jackson Appointed President of Mississippi Delta Community College

Dr. Jackson currently serves as vice president for the Utica campus and district dean of students of Hinds Community College in Mississippi. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jackson held a number of administrative posts at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Verna L. Williams Is the New Leader of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati

Verna L. Williams Is the New Leader of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati

Professor Williams joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2001. She has been serving as interim dean since May 2017. She also holds the title of Nippert Professor of Law.

Jermaine Williams Named President of Nassau Community College in New York

Jermaine Williams Named President of Nassau Community College in New York

Currently, Dr. Williams serves as vice president for student affairs at North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts. Before that, he held various administrative posts at Northeastern Illinois University. He will begin his new job on July 1.

Jaffus Hardrick Appointed President of Florida Memorial University

Jaffus Hardrick Appointed President of Florida Memorial University

Dr. Hardrick has been serving as interim president of Florida Memorial University since July 2018. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hardrick served for 10 years at Florida International University as vice provost for access and success and as vice president of human resources.

Amilcar Shabazz Becomes President of the National Council for Black Studies

Amilcar Shabazz Becomes President of the National Council for Black Studies

Dr. Shabazz is a professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Previously, he served as director of the American studies program, and founding director of the Center for African Studies & Development at Oklahoma State University.

Carmen Walter Named President of Tougaloo College in Mississippi

Carmen Walter Named President of Tougaloo College in Mississippi

For the past six years, Dr. Walter has served as an administrator at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, most recently as the executive vice president of enrollment management, student success, and institutional relations. Prior to that, she was an administrator at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Gaddius Faulcon to Lead Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Gaddius Faulcon to Lead Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Most recently, Dr Faulcon served as vice president of enrollment management at Saint Augustine’s University. Before that, he led historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh as its interim president from 2014 to 2015.

Michèle Alexandre is the First African-American Dean of the Stetson University College of Law

Michèle Alexandre is the First African-American Dean of the Stetson University College of Law

Currently, Professor Alexandre serves as the associate dean for faculty development and intellectual life, professor of law, and the Leonard B. Melvin Jr. Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Calvin O. Butts III Announces Plans to Step Down as President of SUNY Old Westbury

Calvin O. Butts III Announces Plans to Step Down as President of SUNY Old Westbury

Rev. Butts has led the university since 1999. He will go on study leave for the spring semester of 2020 and plans to return as professor of American Studies in the fall of 2020.

Four Black Scholars With Current Ties to Academia Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Four Black Scholars With Current Ties to Academia Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

According to an analysis of the new membership list by JBHE, there are six Black scholars among the 86 new members of the National Academy of Engineering. Thus, Blacks make up 7 percent of the new members. A year ago, there were three African Americans among the 83 new members of the Academy.

Kerwin Charles Appointed Dean of the Yale School of Management

Kerwin Charles Appointed Dean of the Yale School of Management

Since 2005, Dr. Charles has been on the faculty at the University of Chicago, where he currently serves as the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy.

Kim Lee Hughes to Lead the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

Kim Lee Hughes to Lead the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

Dr. Lee Hughes currently serves as an assistant professor in the counseling department in the School of Education at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia. She will begin her term as president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development in July.

Helen Benjamin Selected to Lead Santa Barbara City College in California

Helen Benjamin Selected to Lead Santa Barbara City College in California

In 1991, Dr. Benjamin was hired by the Contra Costa Community College District, where she served in a variety of positions for the next 27 years, until her retirement in 2016. The last 11 years of her career were spent serving as chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District.

Clarence Lang Named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University

Clarence Lang Named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University

Currently, Dr. Lang serves as the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, where he’s been a faculty member since 2011. He will assume his new duties on July 1, 2019.

Roger W. Davis Appointed President of the Community College of Beaver County

Roger W. Davis Appointed President of the Community College of Beaver County

Dr. Davis has served as interim president since May 2018 and his appointment makes him the college’s youngest-ever president. Dr. Davis first joined the college in July 2016 as the executive vice president and provost.

Javaune Adams-Gaston Elected President of Norfolk State University

Javaune Adams-Gaston Elected President of Norfolk State University

Dr. Adams-Gaston has had a 30 year career in higher education. Currently, she serves as senior vice president and affiliate assistant professor at Ohio State University. Earlier, she was the first African-American assistant athletic director at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kevin James Appointed Interim President of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia

Kevin James Appointed Interim President of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia

Over the past twenty years, Dr. James has served in both faculty and administrative positions at several universities. Most recently, he served as interim CEO of the 100 Black Men of America Inc., a nonprofit organization that hosts mentorship and community services initiatives across the country.

Marcheta Evans Will Be the First African American President of Bloomfield College in New Jersey

Marcheta Evans Will Be the First African American President of Bloomfield College in New Jersey

Dr. Evans serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Earlier in her career, she served as associate dean and department chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Bennett College Loses Accreditation Appeal, But Vows to Fight On

Bennett College Loses Accreditation Appeal, But Vows to Fight On

Despite the fact that Bennett College raised $8 million in a short period, the Appeals Committee of the College Delegate Assembly of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges upheld the decision to revoke the college’s accreditation. The college is challenging that decision in court.

Some Headway in Efforts to Diversify the Staffs of American Art Museums

Some Headway in Efforts to Diversify the Staffs of American Art Museums

Over the past several years, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded several initiatives to increase diversity within American art museum staffs. These efforts have begun to pay off. A recent survey found that the percentage of African-American curators across the country doubled from 2 percent in 2015 to 4 percent in 2018.

Avis Proctor Named President of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois

Avis Proctor Named President of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois

Currently, Dr. Proctor serves a president of the North Campus of Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida. She has 25 years of experience working in multicultural environments as an mathematics educator and academic administrator.

Linda Darling-Hammond Appointed President of the California State Board of Education

Linda Darling-Hammond Appointed President of the California State Board of Education

Dr. Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Emerita at Stanford University. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Academy of Education.

Warren Washington Wins the 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Warren Washington Wins the 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

The award, administered by the University of Southern California, recognizes passionate environmental science dedication across a spectrum of environmental research fields. It is the premiere international award for environmental science and is often referred to as the “Nobel for the Environment.”

Seven Black Scholars in the U.S. From Foreign Nations Have Been Awarded Rhodes Scholarships

Seven Black Scholars in the U.S. From Foreign Nations Have Been Awarded Rhodes Scholarships

There are 16 international Rhodes Scholars who are attending or have recently graduated from American colleges and universities. Out of the 16 international scholars at American educational institutions who have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships, seven are Black.

Fayetteville State University in North Carolina Names Its New Provost

Fayetteville State University in North Carolina Names Its New Provost

Dr. Pam Jackson has been on the staff at the university for almost 13 years and has been serving as interim provost since December 2017. Earlier, she was dean of the of College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University.

Adrienne Cooper Appointed Provost at Florida Memorial University

Adrienne Cooper Appointed Provost at Florida Memorial University

Most recently, Dr. Cooper has served as associate provost at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Earlier in her career, she served on the staff at the University of South Carolina, Florida A&M University, and South Carolina State University.

The Racial Gap in Traditional High School Completion Rates

The Racial Gap in Traditional High School Completion Rates

The highest Black student high school graduation rate was in the state of Alabama. The lowest high school graduation rate for Blacks was in the state of Minnesota. Wisconsin had the largest racial gap in high school graduation rates of 25.7 percentage points.

Saint Augustine's University President Everett B. Ward Announces His Retirement

Saint Augustine’s University President Everett B. Ward Announces His Retirement

Everett B. Ward, president of historically Black Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, will step down in July. The university recently was removed from accreditation probation status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Bennett College Smashes Fundraising Goal in Effort to Retain Accreditation

Bennett College Smashes Fundraising Goal in Effort to Retain Accreditation

In order to demonstrate to the commission that Bennett is financial stable, President Dawkins initiated an emergency “Stand With Bennett” fundraising drive that had a goal of raising $5 million by February 1. The college raised at least $8.2 million.