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Thomas Hudson Appointed the Twelfth President of Jackson State University In Mississippi

Thomas Hudson Appointed the Twelfth President of Jackson State University In Mississippi

Thomas Hudson has been serving in the post on an interim basis since February. Before being named acting president in February, Hudson had been serving as special assistant to the president and chief diversity officer at the university.

Lena Hill Will Be the Next Provost at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia

Lena Hill Will Be the Next Provost at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia

Dr. Hill currently serves as dean of the College and professor of English and Africana studies at the university. Prior to joining Washington and Lee, Hill was associate vice president and interim chief diversity officer at the University of Iowa, where she was an associate professor of English and African American studies.

West Liberty University in West Virginia Names Its First Black President in Its 183-Year History

West Liberty University in West Virginia Names Its First Black President in Its 183-Year History

For the past four years, W. Franklin Evans has been president of Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. He is the former provost and chief academic officer at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where he also served as interim president.

Three Black Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans at State Universities

Three Black Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans at State Universities

Doneka Scott will be the next dean of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs at North Carolina State University. Rhea Ballard-Thrower will become dean of libraries at the University of Illinois Chicago and Camellia Okpodu was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wyoming.

Nathanial Jones Appointed President of the College of Alameda in California

Nathanial Jones Appointed President of the College of Alameda in California

Dr. Jones has been serving as vice president for business services at Moreno Valley College of the Riverside Community College District in California. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jones held administrative and faculty positions at the University of California, Riverside; Pepperdine University; Dartmouth College; Northern Arizona University; and the University of Maryland.

Liberal Arts Colleges Form an Alliance to Address Racial Justice Issues

Liberal Arts Colleges Form an Alliance to Address Racial Justice Issues

The presidents of six liberal arts colleges are leading a new consortium called the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance. The presidents of 45 other institutions have joined the alliance. They will collaborate with the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Southern California.

The New Director of African and African American Studies at the University of Arkansas

The New Director of African and African American Studies at the University of Arkansas

Caree A. Banton is an associate professor of African diaspora history, who is jointly appointed in the department of history and the African American studies program. She teaches classes in Afro-Caribbean history, African diaspora history, and race. She joined the faculty at the university in 2013.

Timothy Sams Will Be the Next President of SUNY Old Westbury

Timothy Sams Will Be the Next President of SUNY Old Westbury

Dr. Sams currently serves as vice president of student affairs at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Earlier in his career, Dr. Sams was senior vice president for student development at Morehouse College in Atlanta and vice president for student life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

The Dawn of a New Day for Historically Black Paine College in Augusta, Georgia

The Dawn of a New Day for Historically Black Paine College in Augusta, Georgia

After nearly a decade-long battle to hold on to its accreditation, the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools has advanced Paine College from candidate status to accreditation status. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a national accrediting agency.

Francine Conway Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Jersey

Francine Conway Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Jersey

A native of Guyana, Dr. Conway had been serving as dean of the Graduate School of Applied Psychology. She was the first Black scholar to hold that position. Dr. Conway joined the faculty at Rutgers in 2016 after teaching for 13 years at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

California Voters Refuse to Reinstate Affirmative Action Admissions at State Universities

California Voters Refuse to Reinstate Affirmative Action Admissions at State Universities

In 1996, voters in California passed Proposition 209 which banned the consideration of race in admissions decisions at California’s state-operated colleges and universities. By a considerable margin, voters in California this year rejected a proposal to allow state universities to once again consider race in their admissions decisions.

President of Tuskegee University in Alabama Takes Her Second Medical Leave This Year

President of Tuskegee University in Alabama Takes Her Second Medical Leave This Year

In January of this year, Lily McNair, president of Tuskegee University in Alabama asked for and was granted a medical leave of absence from her duties. She returned to work in May. Now, the university announced that Dr. McNair is taking a six-month medical leave.

Chris Graham Elected President of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors

Chris Graham Elected President of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors

Graham was appointed assistant director of Greek life at Florida State in 2014. He was promoted to director of sorority and fraternity life in 2016. Graham is the first Black man and the youngest person ever elected president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

Northwestern University's Carol D. Lee Selected to Lead the National Academy of Education

Northwestern University’s Carol D. Lee Selected to Lead the National Academy of Education

Dr. Lee served as Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy and as a professor of African American studies at Northwestern University. She became professor emerita in 2019. Professor Lee will serve a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education beginning in November 2021.

Theresa B. Felder Selected as the Tenth President of Harford Community College in Maryland

Theresa B. Felder Selected as the Tenth President of Harford Community College in Maryland

Dr. Felder comes to Harford Community College from Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, where she most recently served as the senior vice president for student success. Prior to this position, she was the vice president of student affairs and administrative dean for Clark State’s largest branch campus.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Names Its Next Chancellor

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Names Its Next Chancellor

Dr. Thomas Gibson has been serving since 2016 as vice president for student affairs and vice provost at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Previously, he was associate vice president of student affairs at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Dr. Gibson will take on new duties in January.

Saint Augustine's University President Succumbs to the COVID-19 Virus

Saint Augustine’s University President Succumbs to the COVID-19 Virus

Irving Pressley McPhail, the twelfth president of Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, died on October 14 from complications relating to the COVID-19 virus. He had taken office as president of the university in July of this year. Maria A. Lumpkin was named interim president.

New York University Adds a Major Black Scholar to its Faculty

New York University Adds a Major Black Scholar to its Faculty

Claudia Rankine, an award-winning poet and past recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Award,” will join the faculty at New York University as a professor of creative writing. She will begin her tenure at NYU in the summer of 2021. Professor Rankine is currently the Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University

Three African American Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions at Southern Universities

Three African American Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions at Southern Universities

Sharon E. Williams was appointed interim dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Brandon Common was named dean of students at Louisiana State University and Nichole Lewis is the new dean of students at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.

Cynthia Nances Named Chair-Elect of the the American Bar Foundation Fellows

Cynthia Nances Named Chair-Elect of the the American Bar Foundation Fellows

Cynthia Nance is dean emerita and the Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Her teaching and scholarship focus on labor and employment law, workplace legislation, and poverty law.

University of Richmond President Announces His Intention to Step Down

University of Richmond President Announces His Intention to Step Down

Ronald A. Crutcher became the tenth president of the University of Richmond in 2015. He also serves as a professor of music at the university. When a successor takes the helm, Dr. Crutcher will take a sabbatical and then return to the faculty as a university professor.  

Jamie Pleasant Is the New Dean of Graduate Education at Clark Atlanta University

Jamie Pleasant Is the New Dean of Graduate Education at Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Pleasant is a tenured professor in the department of marketing and management and previously served as associate dean of the School of Business Administration. Dr. Pleasant was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in management at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jermaine Whirl Chosen to Be the Next President of Augusta Technical College

Jermaine Whirl Chosen to Be the Next President of Augusta Technical College

Dr. Whirl has been serving as vice president for learning and workforce development and vice president for economic development and corporate training at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. He will begin his new job on November 3.

Vanderbilt University Attracts a  Major Black Scholar to Its Faculty

Vanderbilt University Attracts a Major Black Scholar to Its Faculty

Currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Michael Eric Dyson will join the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on January 1 as a University Distinguished Professor in African American and diaspora studies with a joint appointment in the Divinity School.

Three African American Women Appointed to University Dean Positions

Three African American Women Appointed to University Dean Positions

Stephanie Dance-Barnes was appointed dean of the College of Science and Health at DePaul University in Chicago. Stacy Gee Hollins was named dean of the School of Business at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and Isi Ero-Tolliver is the new interim dean of the School of Science at Hampton University in Virginia.

DoVeanna Fulton Is the New Provost at Norfolk State University in Virginia

DoVeanna Fulton Is the New Provost at Norfolk State University in Virginia

For the past 8 years, Dr. Fulton has served as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of history, humanities, and languages at the University of Houston–Downtown. Earlier, she taught at the University of Alabama.

After Ousting President, Lincoln University Now Gives a New Five-Year Contract to Brenda Allen

After Ousting President, Lincoln University Now Gives a New Five-Year Contract to Brenda Allen

Less than three months ago, the board of trustees of Lincoln University voted to oust Brenda Allan as the institution’s president. After a lawsuit, the board has now given President Allen a new five-year contract.

Ron Walcott Appointed Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Georgia

Ron Walcott Appointed Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Georgia

Dr. Walcott is a professor in the department of plant pathology and has served as interim dean of the Graduate School since September 2019. He began his academic career at the University of Georgia in 1999 as an assistant professor and earned the rank of full professor in 2012.

The Next Chancellor of the Berks Campus of Pennsylvania State University in Reading

The Next Chancellor of the Berks Campus of Pennsylvania State University in Reading

Dr. George Grant Jr. has been serving as professor and dean of the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Grant was director of the university’s School of Social Work.

Parneshia Jones Appointed Director of Northwestern University Press

Parneshia Jones Appointed Director of Northwestern University Press

An Evanston native and a published poet, Jones joined the Northwestern University Press in 2003 as marketing assistant and served in several progressively more responsible positions. She will be only the second Black woman to lead a university press in the United States.

University of Chicago English Department to Only Accept Grad Students Focused on Black Studies

University of Chicago English Department to Only Accept Grad Students Focused on Black Studies

The department announced that “for the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle, the University of Chicago English department is accepting only applicants interested in working in and with Black Studies.” The department is planning to admit five new Ph.D. students.

Howard University School of Business Names Two Black Women to Assistant Dean Posts

Howard University School of Business Names Two Black Women to Assistant Dean Posts

The Howard University School of Business announced the appointment of two African American women to assistant dean positions. Yuvay Meyers Ferguson will serve as assistant dean of impact and engagement and Allison Morgan Bryant will serve as assistant dean of innovation and administration.

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.