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The Next Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa

The Next Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa

Currently, Dr. Harriet Nembhard is the Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering and head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. Earlier, Dr. Nembhard was a professor at Pennsylvania State University.

Connie Walton Appointed Provost at Grambling State University in Louisiana

Connie Walton Appointed Provost at Grambling State University in Louisiana

Dr. Walton is a professor of chemistry at the university. Her research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of molecules that exhibit liquid crystalline behavior and polymer synthesis. She holds two U.S. patents. Dr. Walton has served as interim provost since May 2019.

Conway Jeffress to Step Down as President of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan

Conway Jeffress to Step Down as President of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan

The timing of his departure has not yet been determined. Dr. Jeffress has led the community college since 2001. He first joined the staff at the college in 1982.

SherRhonda Gibbs to Lead the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado

SherRhonda Gibbs to Lead the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado

The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley has appointed SherRhonda Gibbs as the next dean of the university’s Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business. Her appointment begins in July. “I’m so excited for the opportunity to join the leadership team at the University of Northern Colorado and the Monfort College of Business,” Dr. Gibbs said. […]

Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor to Lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor to Lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Phoebe A. Haddon became chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden in July 2014. From 2009 to 2014, she was dean of the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland. Chancellor Haddon will continue to fulfill all her duties at Rutgers University-Camden while serving as board chair.

Willie Todd Jr. Is the New President of Denmark Technical College in South Carolina

Willie Todd Jr. Is the New President of Denmark Technical College in South Carolina

Dr. Todd served as the vice president of academic affairs & student services at Denmark Technical College since July 29, 2019. Prior to that appointment, he served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at historically Black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Law Schools in the United States

Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Law Schools in the United States

Sean Megan Scott was named the next president and dean of the California Western School of Law in San Diego and Camille M. Davidson, a former professor and associate dean at Charlotte School of Law, will become the next dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Law. Both women will take office this coming summer.

C. Nicole Mason Is the New President of the Institute for Women's Policy Research

C. Nicole Mason Is the New President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Prior to taking over the leadership of the Institute, Dr. Mason was the executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She has also taught at Georgetown University and Spelman College.

President of Texas Southern University Placed on Administrative Leave

President of Texas Southern University Placed on Administrative Leave

Austin A. Lane, the president of Texas Southern University in Houston was placed on administrative leave with pay. Dr. Lane told a local television station that he was not invited to the meeting where he was put on leave and hadn’t been advised that he had done anything wrong.

Archie L. Blanson Is the New Leader of the North Harris Campus of Lone Star College

Archie L. Blanson Is the New Leader of the North Harris Campus of Lone Star College

Dr. Blanson had been serving as vice chancellor of student services for Lone Star College overseeing admissions, registration, dual credit, disabilities, enrollment management, and numerous student services activities and partnerships.

Cheikh Thiam Appointed to Dean Post for the School of International Training

Cheikh Thiam Appointed to Dean Post for the School of International Training

The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, has announced that Cheikh Thiam is the new academic dean for Africa South of the Sahara. Dr. Thiam has been serving as co-leader of the school’s study abroad programs in Senegal.

Two Black Women Named Finalists for President of Clark College in Vancouver, Washington

Two Black Women Named Finalists for President of Clark College in Vancouver, Washington

Clark College is a state-operated educational institution in Vancouver, Washington, with enrollments of nearly 10,000 students. African Americans are just 2 percent of the student body. The college recently announced a field of four finalists for president of the college. Two of the four candidates are Black women.

The First African American Provost at Rice University in Houston, Texas

The First African American Provost at Rice University in Houston, Texas

Since 2017, Reginald DesRoches has been the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice University. Previously, he served as chair of the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professor Mildred Robinson Is Retiring After 47 Years of Teaching in Higher Education

Professor Mildred Robinson Is Retiring After 47 Years of Teaching in Higher Education

Mildred Robinson is the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Robinson, who specializes in tax law, was the law school’s first African American female tenured professor.

Brown University Dean Andrew Campbell to Lead the Council of Graduate Schools

Brown University Dean Andrew Campbell to Lead the Council of Graduate Schools

Andrew G. Campbell is the dean of the Graduate School at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Also, Dr. Campbell is a professor of medical science whose research focuses on microbial diseases. He has taught at Brown University since 1994.

Nicole Stanton Will Be the Next Provost at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut

Nicole Stanton Will Be the Next Provost at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut

Stanton joined Wesleyan in 2007 as an associate professor of dance. She served as chair of the department for two three-year terms and is currently serving as dean of the Arts and Humanities. Earlier in her career, she taught at Ohio State University.

The Inaugural Dean of the School of Education at Belmont University in Nashville

The Inaugural Dean of the School of Education at Belmont University in Nashville

Dr. Wayne Lewis most recently served as the commissioner of education for the Kentucky Department of Education. He taught as an associate professor in the department of educational leadership studies and as an affiliated faculty member with the African American and Africana studies program at the University of Kentucky.

Anthony Purcell Reelected President of a National Law Enforcement Agency

Anthony Purcell Reelected President of a National Law Enforcement Agency

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies maintains a body of standards to consistently improve accreditation management in law enforcement. The commission recently reelected Anthony Purcell of the University of Alabama at Birmingham as its president.

The New Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University

The New Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University

B. Stephen Carpenter II joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University in 2011. He is a professor of art education and African American studies and has been serving as interim director of the School of Visual Arts at the university.

Michael L. McFrazier to Lead the College of Education at Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Michael L. McFrazier to Lead the College of Education at Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Dr. McFrazier began his professional career as a public-school teacher and administrator in the Waco Independent School District. He joined the faculty at Prairie View A&M in 1998.

The New Dean of Students at Historically Black Hampton University

The New Dean of Students at Historically Black Hampton University

Aleczander M. Whitfield has had a 17-year career in higher education. For the past three years, he has served as assistant dean of judicial affairs and housing at Hampton University.

University of Maryland System Chooses the Next President of Coppin State University

University of Maryland System Chooses the Next President of Coppin State University

Since July 2016, Dr. Anthony Jenkins has served as president of West Virginia State University, a historically black land-grant research university near Charleston, where today African Americans are only 8 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Katherine Clay Bassard Will Be the Next Provost at Rhodes College in Memphis

Katherine Clay Bassard Will Be the Next Provost at Rhodes College in Memphis

Dr. Bassard currently serves as a professor of English and interim senior associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. Earlier, she was senior vice provost for faculty affairs at VCU.

Nina Gilbert to Direct the Center for Excellence in Education at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Nina Gilbert to Direct the Center for Excellence in Education at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Dr. Gilbert is the former senior advisor on education reform for the Morehouse Research Institute. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Morehouse College and at the Tift College of Education at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Roland Mitchell Named Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education at LSU

Roland Mitchell Named Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education at LSU

Dr. Mitchell is the E.B “Ted” Robert Endowed Professor and has been serving as interim dean. Professor Mitchell joined the faculty at the university in 2005 and was named a full professor in 2018.

University of North Carolina Gives Silent Sam to the Sons of Confederate Veterans

University of North Carolina Gives Silent Sam to the Sons of Confederate Veterans

The statue of a Confederate soldier, that had stood at the gates of the university for more than a century, was torn down by protestors in August 2018. Now the university is donating the statue and $2.5 million to care and preserve the monument to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The New Provost at Holy Names University in Oakland, California

The New Provost at Holy Names University in Oakland, California

Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy has been serving as chair of the department of English at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She earned a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. at Duke University in Durham North Carolina.

Michael Drake to Step Down as President of Ohio State University in 2020

Michael Drake to Step Down as President of Ohio State University in 2020

Michael V. Drake, who has served as president of Ohio State University since June 2014, has announced that he will retire from that position next year. Dr. Drake is the fifteenth president of Ohio State and the first African American to serve in the post.

Adrien L. Bennings Will Be the Sixth President of Kellogg Community College in Michigan

Adrien L. Bennings Will Be the Sixth President of Kellogg Community College in Michigan

Dr. Bennings has been serving as vice president for finance and administration at Clovis Community College in Clovis, New Mexico. From 2015 to 2018, she served as the director of the Small Business Development Center at Texas Tech University.

Harvard University Launches a New Intitiative to Examine its Historical Ties to Slavery

Harvard University Launches a New Intitiative to Examine its Historical Ties to Slavery

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and a professor of history, will chair the new initiative which will be called Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery.

Rita Dove Wins the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award From the Academy of American Poets

Rita Dove Wins the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award From the Academy of American Poets

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1987. She is the only poet to receive the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts.

Georj Lewis Appointed President of Atlanta Metropolitan State College in Georgia

Georj Lewis Appointed President of Atlanta Metropolitan State College in Georgia

Prior to being named interim president of Atlanta Metropolitan State College this past July, Dr. Lewis was vice president of student affairs at Georgia Southern University. Earlier, he was vice chancellor for student affairs at Indiana University Northwest.

Carla Jackson Bell to Serve as Provost at Tuskegee University in Alabama

Carla Jackson Bell to Serve as Provost at Tuskegee University in Alabama

Dr. Bell is dean of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Sciences at the university. She will serve as provost beginning in January while the university conducts a national search to fill the position.

The First African American Woman Dean at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio

The First African American Woman Dean at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio

Alyncia Bowen was appointed dean of doctoral studies and the School of Nursing at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Bowen joined Franklin University 14 years ago. She has served as department chair, director of doctoral studies and director of the Global Center for Healthcare Education.

The New Dean of the College of Business at Dillard University in New Orleans

The New Dean of the College of Business at Dillard University in New Orleans

Kristen Broady is a former lecturer in economics at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Earlier in her career, Dr. Broady was dean of the division of business and computer science at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. She also has served on the faculty at Fort Valley State University and Benedict College.

Grant Hayes Serving as Provost at East Carolina University

Grant Hayes Serving as Provost at East Carolina University

Grant Hayes has been serving as dean of the College of Education at the university since 2015. Recently, Provost Ron Mitchelson was named interim chancellor and Dr. Hayes has stepped in to serve in Dr. Mitchelson’s role until a new chancellor is named.