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Five Black "Geniuses" Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Five Black “Geniuses” Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 25 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. The honors, frequently referred to as the “Genius Awards,” include a $625,000 stipend over the next five years which the individuals can use as they see fit.

A New $5.3 Million Home for Silent Sam at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A New $5.3 Million Home for Silent Sam at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The university came to the conclusion that the best course of action was to build a new indoor facility to house the Confederate monument. In addition to the $5.3 million in construction costs, the building will need $800,000 annually for operating funds.

A Strong Vote of Confidence for Swarthmore College President Valerie Smith

A Strong Vote of Confidence for Swarthmore College President Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith, who took office as the 15th president of highly rated Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania on July 1, 2015, has had her contract extended through 2025. Before becoming president of Swarthmore College, Dr. Smith was dean of the college and the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University.

Sherine Obare Named Dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Sherine Obare Named Dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Sherine O. Obare has been named dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University. She will become the school’s second permanent dean on January 14. She has been serving as a professor at Western Michigan University.

Stephon Alexander Elected President of the National Society of Black Physicists

Stephon Alexander Elected President of the National Society of Black Physicists

Dr. Alexander has been a professor of physics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, since 2016. He has been a member of the National Society of Black Physicists since 1990, when he was the only African American physics major at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Roslyn Clark Artis Receives Contract Extension as President of Benedict College Through 2026

Roslyn Clark Artis Receives Contract Extension as President of Benedict College Through 2026

Dr. Artis became president of Benedict College in June 2017. During her brief tenure as president, Dr. Artis has launched many initiatives aimed at positioning Benedict as a competitive institution. She lowered tuition by 26 percent and raised standards for admission.

Three African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

Three African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

A year ago, 10 African-Americans were among the 32 winners of Rhodes Scholarships for Americans. This was the most ever elected in a single U.S. Rhodes class. This year, there are three African Americans among the 32 Rhodes Scholars.

A Trio of African Americans Appointed to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

A Trio of African Americans Appointed to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

James Frazier will be the next dean of the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University. Toniette Haynes Robinson has been named dean of educational resources at North Lake College and Sylvester Williams will be the new dean of the College of Business and Management at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Ebonya Washington Named the Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics at Yale University

Ebonya Washington Named the Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics at Yale University

Dr. Washington has taught at Yale since 2004, when she joined the faculty as an assistant professor of economics. Prior to her most recent appointment, she was the Henry Kohn Associate Professor of Economics.

Keith Jackson Named Dean of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University

Keith Jackson Named Dean of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University

Dr. Jackson had been serving as interim dean since 2017. He has been a member of the music faculty at the university since 1995, serving as both a professor of music and director of the School of Music. He is active in both classical and jazz styles as a performer.

Yolanda Watson Spiva Named President of Complete College America

Yolanda Watson Spiva Named President of Complete College America

Complete College America is a national nonprofit organization that works with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close educational attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

Paul King Named President and CEO of Stanford Children's Health

Paul King Named President and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health

Paul King has been serving as executive director of the University of Michigan Health System’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital since 2013. He will begin his new job at Stanford in early 2019.

Anita Jones Thomas Appointed Provost at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Anita Jones Thomas Appointed Provost at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Thomas currently serves as the founding dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. Earlier, she served on the faculty for 10 years and was associate dean of academic affairs and research in the School of Education at Loyola University in Chicago. She will become provost on June 3, 2019.

Craig Watters to Lead Oklahoma State University's Riata Institute for Global Social Entrepreneurship

Craig Watters to Lead Oklahoma State University’s Riata Institute for Global Social Entrepreneurship

Dr. Watters is a clinical associate professor and the International Entrepreneurship chair. He has been a faculty member at Oklahoma State University since 2011. The new institute will focus on furthering student experiential study, research, and service.

The First Woman of Color to Serve as Dean of the St. Thomas University School of Law

The First Woman of Color to Serve as Dean of the St. Thomas University School of Law

Tamara F. Lawson has been named dean of St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida. Professor Lawson, who had been serving as interim dean since June 2018, earlier was associate dean for academic affairs from 2017 to June 2018.

Seven African Americans Elected Into the National Academy of Medicine

Seven African Americans Elected Into the National Academy of Medicine

A JBHE analysis of the list of the 75 members of the latest cohort elected into the National Academy of Medicine finds that it appears that seven, or 9 percent, are Black. Most have current affiliations with academic institutions in the United States.

The Racial Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The Racial Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The results showed that only 21 percent of African American test takers met the college and career readiness benchmark for both reading and mathematics. Nearly 60 percent of Whites met the readiness benchmarks in both reading and mathematics.

Kimberly Dowdell Elected President of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Kimberly Dowdell Elected President of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Kimberly Dowdell is a faculty member in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She is a licensed architect and partner with Century Partners, a Detroit-based real estate firm focused on equitable neighborhood revitalization.

Patricia Sims Named President of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College in Alabama

Patricia Sims Named President of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College in Alabama

Dr. Sims has 25 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. Most recently, she was the dean of the College of Education at Athens State University in Alabama. Before that, she was the director of student services management and dean of instructional and student services at Drake State.

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Dr. Gaines comes to the University of Virginia from Cornell University where he was the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Africana Studies and History. Previously he has taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan.

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

In 2017, nearly 9 million African Americans, 21.2 percent of total Black population, were living below the official poverty line in the United States. Obviously this huge group of African Americans will face difficulty in obtaining higher education, a path that could lead them out of poverty.

Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Experiences Legal Setback In Accreditation Battle

Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Experiences Legal Setback In Accreditation Battle

A federal judge has ruled that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges was within its rights to revoke the accreditation of Paine College in 2016. The college sued the accreditor and has retained its accreditation during the course of the litigation. The college has 30 days to appeal.

Gary LeRoy to Lead the American Academy of Family Physicians

Gary LeRoy to Lead the American Academy of Family Physicians

Gary LeRoy is an associate professor of family medicine and the associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He will become president of the organization that represents more than 131,000 physicians in 2019.

Ronald A. Johnson Steps Down From Presidency of Clark Atlanta University

Ronald A. Johnson Steps Down From Presidency of Clark Atlanta University

Ronald A. Johnson, the fourth president of Clark Atlanta University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, announced that he is leaving his post for “personal reasons.” Lucille H. Maugé, the chief financial officer, was appointed chief operating officer and will serve as acting president.

Elizabeth Dooley Becomes First Black Woman to Serve as Provost at the University of Central Florida

Elizabeth Dooley Becomes First Black Woman to Serve as Provost at the University of Central Florida

Dr. Dooley has worked for the university since 2015 and most recently served as the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Before coming to the University of Central Florida, Dr. Dooley spent 25 years at West Virginia University.

Danielle Laraque-Arena Will Step Down As President of the Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena Will Step Down As President of the Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena, the first woman president of the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, has announced she is stepping down, effective at the end of this semester. She will return to a full-time faculty position in June 2019.

Maurice Edington Named Provost at Historically Black Florida A&M University

Maurice Edington Named Provost at Historically Black Florida A&M University

Dr. Edington had been serving as vice president of the Division of Strategic Planning Analysis and Institutional Effectiveness at the university since February 2017. Prior to that, he served as the university’s founding dean of the College of Science and Technology from 2013 to 2017.

Kmt Shockley Appointed Executive Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy

Kmt Shockley Appointed Executive Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy

Dr. Shockley has been serving as an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Earlier he was an associate professor of urban educational leadership at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Vann Newkirk Named Provost at Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville

Vann Newkirk Named Provost at Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville

Dr. Newkirk most recently served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and as a professor of history at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. Prior to that, he served as associate provost and dean of the graduate school at Alabama A&M University.

Byron Hughes Named Dean of Students at Virginia Tech

Byron Hughes Named Dean of Students at Virginia Tech

Dr. Hughes began his career at Virginia Tech in 2008 as the assistant director for student conduct. Since 2013, he has been serving as the university’s director of fraternity and sorority life. Prior to coming to Blacksburg, he worked in residential life positions at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and Salisbury University in Maryland.

The Persistent Racial Income Gap Hinders Black Access to Higher Education

The Persistent Racial Income Gap Hinders Black Access to Higher Education

In 2017, the median Black family income was 59.1 percent of the median income for White families. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for nearly a half century.

Ben Vinson Is the New Chair of the National Humanities Center

Ben Vinson Is the New Chair of the National Humanities Center

The center, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is a nonprofit institute dedicated to advanced study in the humanities. Dr. Vinson is the provost and executive vice president of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

African Scholar William Abraham Honored With a Portrait at Oxford University

African Scholar William Abraham Honored With a Portrait at Oxford University

William Abraham is a professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1959, Professor Abraham became the first African scholar to win a Prize Fellowship at All Souls College at Oxford University in England. Today, he remains the only African to ever win the prestigious award.

Lawrence D. Bobo Named Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University

Lawrence D. Bobo Named Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University

Dr. Bobo currently serves as the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and chair of the department of African American Studies. He has been a Harvard faculty member since 1997. Earlier, he taught at UCLA and Stanford University.

Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Shetina M. Jones has been appointed dean of students at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and Juline E. Mills has been named dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Westfield State University in Massachusetts.

George Walker, Educator and a Giant of the Music Industry, Dies at Age 96

George Walker, Educator and a Giant of the Music Industry, Dies at Age 96

Dr. Walker composed nearly 100 pieces over his lifetime. One of his most famous is Lyric for Strings which was inspired by the death of his grandmother, a former slave. In 1996, he became the first African American recipient of the Pulitzer Price for Music.