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James B. Hughes Jr. to Lead the Emory University School of Law

James B. Hughes Jr. to Lead the Emory University School of Law

Professor Hughes has been a member of the faculty at the law school since 1992. He also has been serving as associate dean for academic affairs. Earlier, he was a partner in the Atlanta law firm Trotter, Smith & Jacobs, where he practiced commercial real estate law.

Florida A&M University Extends the Contract of Interim President Larry Robinson

Florida A&M University Extends the Contract of Interim President Larry Robinson

One year ago, the board of trustees named Larry Robinson as interim president of Florida A&M University. He had served in that role twice before from July 2012 to April 2014 and in 2007. Now the board of trustees has extended his contract as interim president for another year through September 2018.

The New Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The New Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Johnathan Holifield, an author, consultant, and former player in the National Football League has been named director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

DeRionne P. Pollard Receives the Academic Leadership Award From the Carnegie Corporation

DeRionne P. Pollard Receives the Academic Leadership Award From the Carnegie Corporation

DeRionne Pollard is president of Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She is being honored for an ambitious strategic plan, which focused on student retention and completion. She will receive a $500,000 award to support her academic initiatives.

HBCUs Throughout the Southeast Impacted by Hurricane Irma

HBCUs Throughout the Southeast Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Many of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities are located in the southeastern United States. As a result many were impacted by powerful Hurricane Irma. The impact of the hurricane closed HBCU campuses in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Quinton T. Ross Chosen as President of Alabama State University in Montgomery

Quinton T. Ross Chosen as President of Alabama State University in Montgomery

Dr. Ross is an Alabama State Senator. He also has served as director of adult education at Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery. Dr. Ross was a finalist for president of Alabama State in 2013.

Spelman College in Atlanta Will Admit Transgender Students in 2018

Spelman College in Atlanta Will Admit Transgender Students in 2018

Spelman College in Atlanta announced that for the class that will enter college in the fall of 2018 it “will consider for admission women students including students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth.” Most of the nation’s leading women’s colleges made similar decisions two or three years ago.

Former Secretary of Education Is Now Teaching at the University of Maryland

Former Secretary of Education Is Now Teaching at the University of Maryland

John B. King Jr., the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, is a visiting professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is teaching a course on education policy.

The New Provost at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama

The New Provost at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama

Colwick Wilson was the director of research, innovation, and grants at Kettering Health Network in Ohio. Earlier, he served in several capacities at Loma Linda University in Los Angeles.

Black Students at the University of Virginia Issue a List of Demands

Black Students at the University of Virginia Issue a List of Demands

In the wake of the race-related violence that took place in Charlottesville last month, The Minority Rights Coalition, an assemblage of student groups at the University of Virginia, issued a list of 10 demands to the university’s administration.

Zadie Smith of New York University to Receive the Langston Hughes Medal

Zadie Smith of New York University to Receive the Langston Hughes Medal

The Langston Hughes Medal honors writers of poetry, drama, fiction, biographies, and critical essays from throughout the Black diaspora. Previous winners include James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Gwendolyn Brooks, Octavia Butler, August Wilson, and Edwidge Danticat.

Cheyney University Receives a Major Boost in Efforts to Maintain Accreditation

Cheyney University Receives a Major Boost in Efforts to Maintain Accreditation

In a special meeting of the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the board agreed to forgive $30 million in loans to Cheyney on the condition that the university maintain a balanced budget over the next four years.

Benjamin Akande Steps Down as President of Westminster College in Missouri

Benjamin Akande Steps Down as President of Westminster College in Missouri

In 2015, the board of trustees of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, named Benjamin Akande as the educational institution’s 21st president. Now just two years later, Dr. Akande abruptly resigned from the post.

Beryl McEwen to Serve as Provost at North Carolina A&T State University

Beryl McEwen to Serve as Provost at North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. McEwen has been serving as dean of the College of Business at the university since 2014. Earlier, she was vice provost for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness. Dr. McEwen joined the faculty at the university in 1995.

Leo Morton Stepping Down as Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in October

Leo Morton Stepping Down as Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in October

This past May, Leo E. Morton, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, announced that he would step down at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. Now Chancellor Morton has announced that he will leave the university in October.

Robert Carr Is the New Provost at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Robert Carr Is the New Provost at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Robert Z. Carr has been serving as a professor and dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Earlier in his career, Dr. Carr was dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Langston University in Oklahoma.

Noble Maseru Named Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Pittsburgh

Noble Maseru Named Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Noble A-W Maseru served for the past 10 years as health commissioner for the city of Cincinnati. He is also the former health director for the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion.

The New Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania

The New Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania

Christopher Hunt was serving as associate dean of students and director of intercultural advancement at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Earlier in his career Hunt was associate director of residence life at Lafayette College.

Virginia Union University Names Its Next President

Virginia Union University Names Its Next President

Since 2012, Dr. Hakim J. Lucas has served as vice president for institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lucas held fundraising posts at SUNY-Westbury and Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

Stephanie Pasley Henry to Lead the College of Education at Bethune-Cookman University

Stephanie Pasley Henry to Lead the College of Education at Bethune-Cookman University

Stephanie Pasley Henry was named acting dean of the College of Education at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has been serving as an educational consultant and formerly served on the faculty at Barry University in Miami.

Michelle Howard-Vital Named to Lead Florida Memorial University

Michelle Howard-Vital Named to Lead Florida Memorial University

In 2016, Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital was chosen to serve as executive vice president and provost at Florida Memorial University. From 2007 to 2014, she was president of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

Trump Administration to Investigate University Affirmative Action Programs

Trump Administration to Investigate University Affirmative Action Programs

An internal Justice Department memo leaked to The New York Times sought out attorneys interested in “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”

Howard University President Gets a Major Vote of Confidence

Howard University President Gets a Major Vote of Confidence

In 2015, Wayne A.I. Frederick became the 17th president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Now the board of trustees of Howard University has extended his contract for five additional years after his first term is over in 2019.

Gail Baker Is the New Provost at the University of San Diego

Gail Baker Is the New Provost at the University of San Diego

Since 2006 Dr. Baker had been serving as dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Earlier, she was a professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.

The First Black Chair of the Cardiovascular Disease Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine

The First Black Chair of the Cardiovascular Disease Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Olakunle Akinboboye is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Dr. Akinboboye is the first Black physician to head the board in its 81-year history.

Haywood Strickland to Retire From Presidency of Wiley College

Haywood Strickland to Retire From Presidency of Wiley College

Haywood L. Strickland has announced that he will step down as president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. He has led the historically Black educational institution in East Texas since 2000.

The New President of the Penn Valley Campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City

The New President of the Penn Valley Campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City

Since 2009, Tyjuan Lee has served as vice president for student affairs at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland. Earlier, Dr. Lee was associate vice president for enrollment management and student services at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.

The New Leader of the  American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

The New Leader of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Jacqueline Holland is an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Dr. Holland is the fifth person of color to lead the organization in its 108-year history.

Kimberly Beatty Named Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City

Kimberly Beatty Named Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City

Dr. Beatty has been serving as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer at Houston Community College. Previously, she served as associate vice chancellor for student success at Tarrant Count College in Fort Worth, Texas.

Reginald Sykes Appointed President of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama

Reginald Sykes Appointed President of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama

Dr. Sykes has been serving as interim president of the college since February 2016. He has served as president of Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville since 2010.

Paulette Dillard to Lead Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Paulette Dillard to Lead Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Dillard has served as a department chair, dean, and vice president of academic affairs at the university. She will serve as interim president while a nationwide search is underway to find the next permanent president of the university.

The First African American President of Eureka College in Illinois

The First African American President of Eureka College in Illinois

Jamel Santa Cruze Wright has been serving as interim president of the college since July 2016. Dr. Wright first came to Eureka College in 2014 as chief diversity officer and vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives.

Phyllis Worthy Dawkins Appointed President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Phyllis Worthy Dawkins Appointed President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Dr. Dawkins has been serving as interim president since last August. Dr. Dawkins became provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bennett College in December 2015 after serving in a similar role at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Edison O. Jackson Stepping Down as President of Bethune-Cookman University

Edison O. Jackson Stepping Down as President of Bethune-Cookman University

Dr. Jackson became the sixth president of Bethune-Cookman University in 2013. He is retiring on August 31, a year before his contract was due to expire.

Roslyn Artis Appointed the Fourteenth President of Benedict College in  Columbia, South Carolina

Roslyn Artis Appointed the Fourteenth President of Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina

Since 2014, Dr. Roslyn Artis has served as president of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. When she takes office on September 1, she will be the first woman to serve as president of Benedict College in its 147-year history.

Shaw University President Steps Down to Take Post as Chief Operating Officer at Howard University

Shaw University President Steps Down to Take Post as Chief Operating Officer at Howard University

Tashni-Ann Dubroy has reigned her position as the 17th president of historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, after only two years in office. She will become executive vice president and chief operating officer at Howard University in Washington, D.C.