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The First African American to Be Promoted to Full Professor at Ithaca College

The First African American to Be Promoted to Full Professor at Ithaca College

Dr. Cynthia Henderson joined the faculty at Ithaca College in 2000. In 2007, she was the first African-American woman to earn tenure at the college. Now she is the first African American who has been promoted to the rank of full professor in the 128-year history of Ithaca College.

Christen Crouch Named the Next Dean of Graduate Studies at Bard College in New York

Christen Crouch Named the Next Dean of Graduate Studies at Bard College in New York

Dr. Crouch has been an associate professor of history and director of American studies at Bard College since 2014. Her work focuses on the histories of the early modern Atlantic, comparative slavery, American material culture, and Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Brandon Logan to Lead the Center for the Study of Race & Politics in Sports at Grambling State

Brandon Logan to Lead the Center for the Study of Race & Politics in Sports at Grambling State

Brandon Logan has been serving as chief executive officer of Urban Capital Partners in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of Grambling State University, where he majored in business management.

Kendrick Brown Will Be the Next Provost at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Kendrick Brown Will Be the Next Provost at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Dr. Brown has been serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Prior to his five-year tenure at Redlands, Dr. Brown served as a senior administrator at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Bunmi Olatunji to Lead the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Bunmi Olatunji to Lead the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Bunmi Olatunji, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, was appointed interim dean of the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Olatunji had been serving as associate dean of academic affairs.

The New Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Howard

The New Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Howard

Before joining the Howard University community, Dr. Morris Thomas was an associate professor and the inaugural director for the Center for the Advancement of Learning at the University of the District of Columbia.

The First African American Woman to Chair a Department at Johns Hopkins Medical School

The First African American Woman to Chair a Department at Johns Hopkins Medical School

Namandjé Bumpus was appointed chair of the department of pharmacology and molecular sciences. She is the first African American woman to chair an academic department at the medical school and the only African American woman currently chairing a pharmacology department at any medical school in the nation.

Archie Holmes to Lead Academic Affairs for the University of Texas System

Archie Holmes to Lead Academic Affairs for the University of Texas System

In his new post, Dr. Holmes will work with the presidents and the academic leadership of all eight University of Texas academic institutions to help them achieve strategic goals to advance their institutions. He will also be a tenured professor of engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Two African American Woman Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Two African American Woman Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Evelyn L. Ashley has been named dean of students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Henrietta Williams Pichon, an associate professor of educational leadership and administration, was appointed interim dean of the College of Education at New Mexico State University.

Carlos R. Clark Selected as the Fifteenth President of Arkansas Baptist College

Carlos R. Clark Selected as the Fifteenth President of Arkansas Baptist College

Dr. Clark has been serving as provost and executive vice president at Arkansas Baptist. He joined the staff at the educational institution in 2018. Earlier, he held senior-level positions at Wilberforce University in Ohio, Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and Alabama A&M University.

Terrell Strayhorn Appointed Provost at Virginia Union University in Richmond

Terrell Strayhorn Appointed Provost at Virginia Union University in Richmond

Dr. Strayhorn joined the faculty at Virginia Union earlier this year as a tenured professor in the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education and director of the Center for the Study of HBCUs. He has taught at the University of Tennessee, Ohio State University, and Le Moyne-Owen College in Memphis.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Manica Finch is the new dean of enrollment management at Harris Stow-State University. Martin Smith is the new dean of academic affairs for Trinity College at Duke University and Tresmaine R. Grimes was appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education at Pace University.

A Sudden Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

A Sudden Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

Kevin D.  Rome Sr., president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, was placed on leave after a man filed a restraining order against him. The Fisk University board of trustees immediately appointed Vann Newkirk, provost at Fisk, as acting president.

Jon Cawthorne Is the New Leader of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Jon Cawthorne Is the New Leader of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Dr. Cawthorne became dean of the Wayne State University Library System in 2017. Earlier in his career, he was dean of libraries at West Virginia University, associate dean for public services and assessment at Florida State University Libraries, and dean of the San Diego State University Library.

A Vote of Confidence for the President of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida

A Vote of Confidence for the President of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida

The board of trustees of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, has voted to extend the contract of the college’s president A. Zachary Faison Jr. until 2025. Faison became the college’s 30th president in 2018 after serving as general counsel at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Brenda Allen Is Back at the Helm of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Brenda Allen Is Back at the Helm of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

On July 10, the board of trustees of historically Black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania voted not to renew the contract of the university’s president Brenda Allen. President Allen sued and the courts agreed that the vote not to renew her contract was illegal. Now the board has agreed to keep her as president.

Two African American Women Named to Provost Positions  at Midwestern Universities

Two African American Women Named to Provost Positions at Midwestern Universities

LaTonia Collins Smith was appointed provost and vice president of academic affairs at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri, and Susan M. Collins was appointed provost at the University of Michigan. Both had been serving as interim provost.

Jervette R. Ward Chosen to Lead the College Language Association

Jervette R. Ward Chosen to Lead the College Language Association

Jervette R. Ward is an associate professor of English at Mississippi State University. Founded in 1937, the College Language Association is comprised of English and world language educators and publishes scholarly books of critical essays and bibliographical references.

Two African American Woman Appointed to University Dean Positions

Two African American Woman Appointed to University Dean Positions

Loury Ollison Floyd has been named dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Carmenita D. Higginbotham, an art historian, has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

Howard Spearman Named the First African American President of Rock Valley College

Howard Spearman Named the First African American President of Rock Valley College

Most recently, Dr. Spearman served as the vice president of student affairs and chief student services officer for Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. From 2011-2019, Dr. Spearman served in several administrative roles at Rock Valley College.

Arlie Petters to Become Provost at the Abu Dhabi Campus of New York University

Arlie Petters to Become Provost at the Abu Dhabi Campus of New York University

Dr. Petters has been serving as Benjamin Powell Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the former dean of academic affairs for the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke. He will begin his new duties on September 1.

Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux Elected President of the American Association of State Climatologists

Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux Elected President of the American Association of State Climatologists

Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux is a professor of geography at the University of Vermont. Dr. Dupigny-Giroux’s research focuses on hydroclimatic natural hazards and climate literacy as well as the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems in the fields of spatial climate and land-surface processes.

Keith Whitfield Will Be the First Black President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Keith Whitfield Will Be the First Black President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Whitfield has been serving as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs and a professor of psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit. Earlier, Professor Whitfield was vice provost for academic affairs and a professor at Duke University in Durham North Carolina.

African Americans Appointed to Dean Positions at Three Universities

African Americans Appointed to Dean Positions at Three Universities

Earnstein Dukes was announced as the new dean of the University Library at Texas Tech University. Oscar Barton was appointed dean of the School of Engineering at Morgan State University and Jacqueline Hill was appointed dean of the School of Education at Florida Memorial University.

General Ronnie D. Hawkins Chosen to Lead Angelo State University in Texas

General Ronnie D. Hawkins Chosen to Lead Angelo State University in Texas

When General Hawkins takes office on August 14, Hawkins will be the first African American to serve as president of Angelo State University in its 92-year history. A retired three-star Air Force general, he is the former director of the Defense Information Systems Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The New President of St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina

The New President of St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail was previously the sixth president and CEO at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, founding chancellor at the Community College of Baltimore County, president of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and president of Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis.

The New Leader of the Data Science Initiative of the Atlanta University Center Consortium

The New Leader of the Data Science Initiative of the Atlanta University Center Consortium

Talitha Washington, formerly of Howard University, will lead the effort that will work to increase the number of highly-skilled underrepresented minorities with skills in data science and to advance data science research, especially as it impacts minority communities.

Four African American Women Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Four African American Women Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

The new deans are Taléa R. Drummer-Ferrell at Kent State University in Ohio, Dorie J. Gilbert at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Cheryl Anderson at the University of California, San Diego, and Aarika Camp at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

In Memoriam: John Robert Lewis, 1940-2020

In Memoriam: John Robert Lewis, 1940-2020

Congressman Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders. He chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington in 1963. In 1965 he was beaten on the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Bloody Sunday.

The First Black President in the 152-Year History of the University of California System

The First Black President in the 152-Year History of the University of California System

Dr. Drake, who had served as the first Black president of Ohio State University since June 2014, announced last fall that he would step down as president at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Before being named president at Ohio State, Dr. Drake was chancellor of the University of California, Irvine.

Alexander Okwonna Has Been Appointed Provost at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas

Alexander Okwonna Has Been Appointed Provost at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas

Dr. Okwonna has been in higher education for more than 15 years. During his tenure at San Jacinto College, he has served as pharmacy technology professor, program director, and department chair. For the past seven years, he has been dean of Health and Natural Science at the college’s South Campus.

Dorothy Mosby Appointed Dean of the Faculty at Mount Holyoke College

Dorothy Mosby Appointed Dean of the Faculty at Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Mosby joined the Mount Holyoke community in 2003. She was professor of Spanish and was appointed associate dean of faculty in 2016. She has also served as a deputy coordinator for the Title IX compliance programs.

Lincoln University Board of Trustees Does Not Renew the Contract of President Brenda Allen

Lincoln University Board of Trustees Does Not Renew the Contract of President Brenda Allen

Before being named the fourteenth president of Lincoln University in 2017, Dr. Allen was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She is the former associate provost for institutional diversity at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Nicole Pride Appointed President of Historically Black West Virginia State University

Nicole Pride Appointed President of Historically Black West Virginia State University

Dr. Pride had been serving as the vice provost for academic strategy and operations at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Earlier she served as associate vice chancellor for university relations and chief of staff for the chancellor of the university.

Stephen Kolison Named the Fourteenth President of SUNY-Fredonia

Stephen Kolison Named the Fourteenth President of SUNY-Fredonia

Since April 1, 2017, Dr. Kolison has served as executive vice president and provost for the University of Indianapolis. From 2008 to 2017, he served in the administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Four African Americans Appointed to University Dean Positions

Four African Americans Appointed to University Dean Positions

The new deans are Anthony R. Bowrin at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, Ophelie Rowe-Allen at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, Ulysses Taylor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and Michele Cruse at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.