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The First Black Woman Dean of the Howard University College of Medicine

The First Black Woman Dean of the Howard University College of Medicine

When she takes office on October 3, Andrea A. Hayes Dixon will be the first Black woman to lead the medical school in its 154-year history. Before joining the faculty at Howard University, Dr. Hayes Dixon was the surgeon-in-chief and division chief of pediatric surgery at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Marcus Cox Has Been Appointed to a Dean Position at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina

Marcus Cox Has Been Appointed to a Dean Position at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina

Prior to coming to Fayetteville State University, Dr. Cox was a fellow at the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Additionally, he has served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Cynthia Warrick Will Step Down From Presidency of Stillman College in Alabama Next June

Cynthia Warrick Will Step Down From Presidency of Stillman College in Alabama Next June

Dr. Warrick was named interim president of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in January 2017 and was elevated to president later that year. She is the first woman to serve as president of the college.

David Emmanuel Goatley Will Be the Next President of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California

David Emmanuel Goatley Will Be the Next President of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California

Dr. Goatley currently serves as the associate dean for academic and vocational formation, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Research Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, and director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He previously taught at the Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee and the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

A Trio of African Americans Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

A Trio of African Americans Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Tobias Raphael Morgan is the new dean of students at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Alphonso Keaton was appointed dean of undergraduate studies at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and DeMethra LaSha Bradley is the new dean of students at Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Sarah Willie-LeBreton Will Be the Next President of Smith College in Massachusetts

Sarah Willie-LeBreton Will Be the Next President of Smith College in Massachusetts

Dr. Willie-LeBreton currently serves as provost and dean of the faculty at Swarthmore College, where she has taught since 1997. Earlier, she served on the faculty at Colby College in Maine and Bard College in New York. She will become president of Smith College on July 1, 2023.

New Data Shows How the Pandemic Widened the Racial Gap in Educational Progress

New Data Shows How the Pandemic Widened the Racial Gap in Educational Progress

Everyone feared that exclusively online education for students during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic would have a severe negative impact on educational progress. Now we have proof that in fact, that is the case. And this negative impact is even more pronounced for Black students.

Two African American Women Appointed to Provost Positions

Two African American Women Appointed to Provost Positions

Gloria Oikelome was appointed provost and vice president of academic affairs at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Antoinette A. Coleman is the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.

Two New Deans Have Been Appointed at Alcorn State University in Mississippi

Two New Deans Have Been Appointed at Alcorn State University in Mississippi

LaShundia Carson is the new dean of the School of Education and Psychology and Dexter B. Wakefield was appointed interim dean of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

Jeffery Robinson Is the New Provost at Rutgers University-Newark

Jeffery Robinson Is the New Provost at Rutgers University-Newark

Dr. Robinson holds the Prudential Chair in Business and is a professor of management and global business at Rutgers Business School. He joined the faculty at Rutgers-Newark in 2008, where he has specialized in management and entrepreneurship.

Four African Americans Have Been Selected to Serve as Deans

Four African Americans Have Been Selected to Serve as Deans

Chio Sheppard has been appointed dean of students at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and Shuneize Slater was named dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Jerri Haynes is dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Jackson State University in Mississippi and Janekia Mitchell is the new dean of student services at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama.

Anthony Hollman Names Commissioner of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Anthony Hollman Names Commissioner of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Since 2018, Dr. Holloman has served as the vice president for university advancement and athletics and executive director for the Fort Valley State University Foundation in Georgia. The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has 14 member institutions, all but one of which is a historically Black educational institution.

An Abrupt Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

An Abrupt Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

With the academic year in its infancy, the board of trustees of historically Black Fisk University in Nashville announced that Vann R. Newkirk was removed as president, effective immediately. No reason was given for Dr. Newkirk’s departure. Charles Sims the chair of the board of trustees was named acting president.

A Trio of African American Women Who Have Been Appointed Provosts

A Trio of African American Women Who Have Been Appointed Provosts

Barbara J. Johnson is the new executive vice president and provost at Talladega College in Alabama. Nicola Blake was appointed interim provost at Guttman Community College in New York City and Yolanda W. Page was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Savannah State University in Georgia.

Health Issues Force Wiley College President to Take a Leave of Absence

Health Issues Force Wiley College President to Take a Leave of Absence

Herman Felton Jr., president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, announced that he is scaling back his duties on campus due to ongoing health issues. He was diagnosed with a blood infection but is expected to make a full recovery and be back at his job full time in a short time.

George Grant Jr. Will Be the Next President of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan

George Grant Jr. Will Be the Next President of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan

When he takes office on December 1, Dr. Grant will be the first person of color to lead the university. Since January 2021, Dr. Grant has served as chancellor of Pennsylvania State University-Berks. Earlier, he was dean of the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Walter Kimbrough to Lead the Black Men's Research Institute at Morehouse College

Walter Kimbrough to Lead the Black Men’s Research Institute at Morehouse College

Dr. Kimbrough recently stepped down as president of Dillard University in New Orleans. He had led the university since July 2012. Earlier, Dr. Kimbrough was president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Melva K. Williams Is the New President of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas

Melva K. Williams Is the New President of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas

Prior to coming to Huston-Tillotson University, Dr. Williams held numerous positions within the Southern University System in Louisiana including, executive associate to the chancellor, assistant vice chancellor and vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at Southern University-Shreveport, vice chancellor at Southern University-New Orleans, and system chief of staff.

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

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

The new deans are Ethel Scurlock at the University of Mississippi, Anthony Davis at Georgia State University, Corey Smith at Voorhees College in Denmark, North Carolina, Joi Spencer at the University of California, Riveraide, and Lisa Owens-Jackson at North Carolina A&T State University.

Robert Carr Selected to Serve as Provost at Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville

Robert Carr Selected to Serve as Provost at Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville

Dr. Robert Carr comes to Fisk University from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he has served since 2017 as provost and the chief academic officer. Earlier, he was a professor and dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University Names Its Next Leader

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University Names Its Next Leader

Ange-Marie Hancock is a Dean’s Professor in the department of political science and international relations and the department of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Southern California.

Octavia Peck Palmer Chosen to Lead the American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Octavia Peck Palmer Chosen to Lead the American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Dr. Peck Palmer is an associate professor of pathology, critical care medicine, and clinical and translational sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She also serves as the division director of clinical chemistry and as medical director of UPMC Presbyterian and Shadyside hospitals and automated testing laboratories.

Ronald Mason to Step Down as President of the University of the District of Columbia in June 2023

Ronald Mason to Step Down as President of the University of the District of Columbia in June 2023

In a statement to the university community, President Mason wrote: “We have come a long way together, and I believe our work has served the university well.”

James L. Moore III to Lead the NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources

James L. Moore III to Lead the NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources

The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources, or EHR, supports research that enhances learning and teaching, and broad efforts to achieve excellence in STEM education at all levels and in all settings. Since 2018, Dr. Moore has been vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

The new deans are Kerry L. Haynie at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Henrietta Williams Pichon at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Kenneth E. Carter at Emory University in Georgia, Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah at Virginia Union University in Richmond and Vicki Williams at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Two Historically Black Educational Institutions Appoint New Provosts

Two Historically Black Educational Institutions Appoint New Provosts

John D. Jones was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alabama A&M University and Lisa Long was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina.

Three Black Scholars Named to Dean Positons at State Univerities

Three Black Scholars Named to Dean Positons at State Univerities

Leslee Battle has been appointed dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Okenwa Okoli will be the next dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Memphis and Paula Montgomery is the new interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

Olivier Charles Selected to Become President of Bishop State Community College in Alabama

Olivier Charles Selected to Become President of Bishop State Community College in Alabama

Charles has been serving as vice chancellor for student success for the Alabama Community College System. Earlier in his career, he was director of admissions and enrollment management at the University of West Alabama and director of admissions and recruitment for the Montgomery, Alabama, campus of Auburn University.

Darnell Hunt Will Be the Next Provost at the University of Calfornia, Los Angeles

Darnell Hunt Will Be the Next Provost at the University of Calfornia, Los Angeles

Dr. Hunt has been serving dean of the Division of Social Sciences and professor of sociology and African American studies at UCLA. He joined the faculty there in 2001 as a professor of sociology and director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

Six African American Scholars Appointed Deans at Colleges and Universities

Six African American Scholars Appointed Deans at Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Robert N. Garner at Benedict College in South Carolina, T. Camille Martin-Thomsen at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Marvin Lynn at the University of Colorado Denver, Amani Jennings at Bowie State University in Maryland, Celeste M. Watkins-Hayes at the University of Michigan, and Mary M. White at South Carolina State University.

Two African Americans Selected as Leaders of Law Schools

Two African Americans Selected as Leaders of Law Schools

Tamara F. Lawson has been named to the Toni Rembe Endowed Deanship of the University of Washington’s School of Law and Malik Edwards was appointed interim dean of the School of Law at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Pamela Richardson Wilks Is the New Provost at Coppin State University in Baltimore

Pamela Richardson Wilks Is the New Provost at Coppin State University in Baltimore

Dr. Wilks joins Coppin State University from Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida, where she most recently served as associate provost for academic operations, programs, and institutional planning, research, and effectiveness. Earlier, Dr. Wilks was an administrator and associate professor of English at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Six Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Six Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

The new deans are David Marshall at Savannah State University in Georgia, Andrew Chin at Florida A&M University, Janelle L. West at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, Dara N. Byrne at the City University of New York, Christopher D. Card at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and Elimelda Moige Ongeri at North Carolina A&T State University.

Erick Jones Will Be the Next Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada

Erick Jones Will Be the Next Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada

Dr. Jones has been serving as senior science advisor in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. State Department. He is a former professor and associate dean for graduate studies at the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Earlier in his career, he taught for eight years at the University of Nebraska.

Florida A&M University Announces New Leaders for Two Schools

Florida A&M University Announces New Leaders for Two Schools

At Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Mary Simmons is the new interim dean for the School of Allied Health Sciences and Andrew Chin was appointed interim dean for the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology.

Twinette Johnson Selected to Lead the University of the District of Columbia Law School

Twinette Johnson Selected to Lead the University of the District of Columbia Law School

Dr. Johnson is currently the associate dean for academic affairs at the law school. Prior to joining the faculty in 2017, Professor Johnson was an associate professor of law and director of the Academic Success Program at Southern Illinois University School of Law.