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Juliette Bell to Step Down From Presidency of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Juliette Bell to Step Down From Presidency of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dr. Bell became president of the university in July 1, 2012. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Bell was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. In retirement, she plans to write a book on her journey from the cotton fields of Alabama to the presidency of a state university.

John L. Jackson Appointed Dean of School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania

John L. Jackson Appointed Dean of School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Jackson currently serves as the Richard Perry University Professor and dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held that post since 2014. Professor Jackson joined the faculty at the university in 2006.

Clark Atlanta University Appoints a Dean for Its School of Business Administration

Clark Atlanta University Appoints a Dean for Its School of Business Administration

Silvanus J. Udoka currently serves as a professor and chair of the department of management at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He holds a joint appointment in the department of industrial and systems engineering.

Poet Elizabeth Alexander Named President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Poet Elizabeth Alexander Named President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Elizabeth Alexander, a professor at Columbia University who was selected to write a poem and read it at President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, has been appointed president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York.

Morgan State University Extends President's Contract for Five Years

Morgan State University Extends President’s Contract for Five Years

Dr. Wilson became president of Morgan State in July 2010. In December 2012, the board of regents of Morgan State University voted not to renew his contract. After protests, he was kept on with a series of one-year deals. Now, he will be president until at least 2023.

The Next Provost at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York

The Next Provost at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York

Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler has been serving as professor and dean of the School of Social Welfare and vice provost for public engagement at the University at Albany of the State University of New York. He will begin his new job at Iona College on July 1.

Miles K. Davis Will Be the First African American President of Linfield College in Oregon

Miles K. Davis Will Be the First African American President of Linfield College in Oregon

Currently, Dr. Davis is dean of the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He joined the faculty there is 2001 and was named dean of the business school in 2012. He will become president of Linfield College on July 1.

Beryl McEwen Named Provost at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro

Beryl McEwen Named Provost at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro

Dr. McEwen has served as interim provost since August 2017. Earlier, she served as dean of the College of Business and vice provost for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness at North Carolina A&T State University.

Dorothy Browne Named Provost at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Dorothy Browne Named Provost at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

In 2015, Dr. Browne was named the inaugural dean of the School of Public Health at Jackson State University in Mississippi. Earlier in her career, she was a professor of public health and senior scientist at the Prevention Research Center at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The Medical Schools With the Most Black Students

The Medical Schools With the Most Black Students

As expected, the three historically Black medical schools have the largest number of Black students. Among the predominantly White medical schools, the largest number of Black students is at Indiana University. Four U.S. medical schools have no Black students.

Three Black Scholars Selected for Dean Positions at Major Universities

Three Black Scholars Selected for Dean Positions at Major Universities

Recently appointed to positions as deans are Jonathan Grady at the University of California, Merced, André-Denis Wright at Washington State University, and Riché Barnes at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Marion Fedrick to Lead Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick to Lead Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick has been serving as interim executive vice president at Albany State since October. Earlier, she was vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia.

The New Provost at Savannah State University in Georgia

The New Provost at Savannah State University in Georgia

Since 2012, Michael Laney has served as a professor of communications and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Earlier, he taught at Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Thomas Conway Stepping Down as Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University

Thomas Conway Stepping Down as Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University

Dr. Conway has served as chancellor since 2016 and has had a 45-year career with the University of North Carolina System. Earlier, Dr. Conway was vice chancellor and chief of staff at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Jacqueline Screws Named President of Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Jacqueline Screws Named President of Chattahoochee Valley Community College

For the past 17 years, Screws has served as dean of student affairs for Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. Earlier in her career, she was dean of student services at Sparks Technical College, which later merged with Wallace Community College.

Former President of Florida A&M University Lands New Administrative Post

Former President of Florida A&M University Lands New Administrative Post

James Ammons, the former president of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, has announced that he will be executive vice president of the Southern University System in Louisiana and executive vice chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus of Southern University.

The Next Dean of the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon

The Next Dean of the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon

Sabrina Madison-Cannon has been serving as a professor of dance and associate dean of academic and faculty affairs in the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will begin her new job this coming summer.

Former Portland State University Official Named to the Oregon Supreme Court

Former Portland State University Official Named to the Oregon Supreme Court

Adrienne C. Nelson has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to a seat on the Oregon Supreme Court. She is the first African American to serve on an appellate court in the state of Oregon.

The New Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Tuskegee University

The New Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Tuskegee University

Constance Smith Hendricks has been serving as the founding chair of the Division of Health Sciences at Concordia College in Selma, Alabama. Earlier, she served on the faculty at Auburn University in Alabama for 17 years.

Knoxville College Has Been on the Ropes But It Is Still Fighting to Survive

Knoxville College Has Been on the Ropes But It Is Still Fighting to Survive

Knoxville College, a historically Black educational institution in Tennessee, has not held classes since 2015. But the college has now filed paperwork with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission with the goal of holding classes this coming fall.

The New Leader of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

The New Leader of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

The board of trustees of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock has named Howard O. Gibson as interim president. The board stated that it hoped to have a permanent new president by July 1. Since 2015, Dr. Gibson has served as the chief academic officer at the college.

Will the New Tax on University Endowments Hurt African American College Students?

Will the New Tax on University Endowments Hurt African American College Students?

The new tax on endowment investment income will only impact about 35 educational institutions, including most Ivy League universities and other high-ranked educational institutions with the largest endowments. The tax may force cuts in financial aid programs critical to African Americans.

J. Lee Brown to Lead the College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University

J. Lee Brown to Lead the College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University

J. Lee Brown was appointed interim dean of the College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He joined the faculty at the university in 2011 and currently serves as an assistant professor and associate dean.

Wolde-Ab Issac Appointed Chancellor of the Riverside Community College District

Wolde-Ab Issac Appointed Chancellor of the Riverside Community College District

The district, the fifth largest in the state of California includes Riverside City College, Norco College and Moreno Valley College. Since 2015, Dr. Isaac, a native of Eritrea in East Africa, has served as president of Riverside City College.

Shakeup in the Leadership of Arkansas Baptist College

Shakeup in the Leadership of Arkansas Baptist College

Joseph L. Jones is no longer president of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. Dr. Jones has stated that he resigned from his position. But the board of trustees has stated that Dr. Jones was terminated for cause.

The New Dean of Students at Tuskegee University in Alabama

The New Dean of Students at Tuskegee University in Alabama

Mandrake Miller has held student affairs posts at Livingstone College in North Carolina, Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, Chowan University in North Carolina, and Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Herman J. Felton Jr. to Be the Seventeenth President of Wiley College in Texas

Herman J. Felton Jr. to Be the Seventeenth President of Wiley College in Texas

Since 2016, Dr. Felton has been president of Wilberforce University in Ohio. Earlier, Dr. Felton served as senior vice president, chief operating officer, and vice president for institutional advancement at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The Next Leader of the Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta

The Next Leader of the Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta

Dr. Ken J. Walden has been serving as director of the Center for Chaplaincy, director of Supervised Ministry and an associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at the Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Elfred Anthony Pinkard Appointed President of Wilberforce University

Elfred Anthony Pinkard Appointed President of Wilberforce University

Dr. Pinkard has been serving as provost and executive vice president at Wilberforce. Before coming to Ohio, Dr. Pinkard was senior vice president, vice president for institutional advancement, and chief operating officer at Livingstone College in North Carolina.

Deacue Fields Named to a Dean Position at the University of Arkansas

Deacue Fields Named to a Dean Position at the University of Arkansas

Dr. Fields currently serves as professor and chair of the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University in Alabama.

James H. Cone to Receive the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

James H. Cone to Receive the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

The Grawemeyer Award in religion is given to individuals who publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between humans and the divine. The award comes with a $100,000 prize.

Ayanna Howard to Lead the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech

Ayanna Howard to Lead the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech

Ayanna Howard is a professor who holds the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Larry Robinson Appointed the 12th President of Florida A&M University

Larry Robinson Appointed the 12th President of Florida A&M University

Dr. Robinson has been serving as interim president of the university, a role he had taken on twice before. Over the years, he has served in a number of posts including provost and vice president of academic affairs and director of the Environmental Sciences Institute.

Stanford University Student Wins the Jamaican Rhodes Scholarship

Stanford University Student Wins the Jamaican Rhodes Scholarship

Jelani Munroe, a recent graduate of Stanford University, was awarded the Jamaican Rhodes Scholarship for 2018. Beginning this fall, he will study for a master’s degree in development studies at Oxford University.

Oregon State to Rename Buildings So as Not to Honor Those Who Supported Slavery

Oregon State to Rename Buildings So as Not to Honor Those Who Supported Slavery

Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University in Corvallis, has announced that the university will change the names of three buildings on campus because the people for whom the buildings have been named had expressed support for the institution of slavery.

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2016-17

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2016-17

The Institute for International Education reports that in the 2015-16 academic year, there were 37,735 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. The number of students from sub-Saharan Africa was up 6.7 percent from the prior year.