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Wanda Austin Is the New Leader of the University of Southern California

Wanda Austin Is the New Leader of the University of Southern California

From 2008 to 2016, Dr. Austin was president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the application of science and technology relating to the nation’s space program. She was the first woman and the first African American to serve as CEO of the organization since its founding in 1961.

Texas Southern University's Charles McClelland to Lead the Southwest Athletic Conference

Texas Southern University’s Charles McClelland to Lead the Southwest Athletic Conference

Dr. Charles McClelland, director of athletics at Texas Southern University in Houston is stepping down from his post after 10 years to become commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas A&M University

Marion Fedrick Appointed President of Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick Appointed President of Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick has served as interim president since January. Before being named interim president, Fedrick had been serving as interim executive vice president at Albany State. Earlier, she was vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia.

The New President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn

The New President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn

A native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Claudia V. Schrader was appointed president of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Schrader has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic and student success at Bronx Community College.

Is Saint Augustine's University on the Ropes?

Is Saint Augustine’s University on the Ropes?

Recently, a published report stated that trustees of the university feared that the university was on the verge of closure. But President Everett Ward stated that he is confidant that the university will be able to show the accrediting body that the university is back on the right track.

Johnnie L. Early II Named Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University

Johnnie L. Early II Named Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University

For the past 18 years, Dr. Early has been dean at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toledo in Ohio. Earlier in his career, Dr. Early was an assistant professor of pharmacy at Florida A&M University.

Donna H. Oliver Named Provost at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida

Donna H. Oliver Named Provost at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Oliver is the former president of Mississippi Valley State University. Earlier, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Edward Waters College and vice president for academic affairs at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has also been on the faculty at Elon University in North Carolina.

Levi Thompson to Be the Next Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Levi Thompson to Be the Next Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Dr. Thompson is currently the Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory at the university.

College of Charleston Drops, Then Reinstates, a "Second Look" for Applicants of Color

College of Charleston Drops, Then Reinstates, a “Second Look” for Applicants of Color

In 2016, the admissions office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina discontinued the practice of conducting an additional review of applications from students of color who were not initially recommended for admission. That “second look” has now been reinstated.

Three African American Men to Be Inducted Into the National Academy of Engineering

Three African American Men to Be Inducted Into the National Academy of Engineering

Two of the three new Black members of the National Academy of have current academic affiliations. They are Lynden A. Archer, the James Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Cornell University and Gary S. May, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis.

Claudine Gay Named Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University

Claudine Gay Named Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University

Dr. Gay is the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies and is the founding chair of Harvard’s Inequality in America Initiative. She joined the faculty in 2006 and has served as dean of social science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 2015.

Heidi Anderson Appointed the 16th President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Heidi Anderson Appointed the 16th President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Since September 2017, Dr. Anderson has been special advisor to the president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She served as provost and vice president for academic affairs there from 2015 to 2017.

Florida State University to Remove Name of Segregationist Judge From Its Law School

Florida State University to Remove Name of Segregationist Judge From Its Law School

President John Thrasher will recommend to the legislature that the name of the B.K. Roberts College of Law be changed. Roberts was a founder of the law school and was a member of the Florida Supreme Court. He wrote several pro-segregation opinions during the 1950s.

The New President of Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts

The New President of Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts

For the past two years, Dr. Salomon-Fernandez has served as president of Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey. Earlier, she held several positions at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, including interim president.

Patti Bellinger Named Chief of Staff for the New President of Harvard University

Patti Bellinger Named Chief of Staff for the New President of Harvard University

Bellinger has been serving as a lecturer and senior fellow at the Kennedy School at the university. Earlier, Bellinger was executive director of the Center for Public Leadership and executive director of executive education at Harvard Business School.

A Check-Up on Black Faculty at U.S. Medical Schools

A Check-Up on Black Faculty at U.S. Medical Schools

New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges shows a total of 174,570 faculty members at U.S. medical schools in 2017. Of these, 5,769 are Black. Thus, in 2017, Blacks made up only 3.3 percent of all medical school faculty.

The New President of the College Sports Information Directors of America

The New President of the College Sports Information Directors of America

Rob Knox, the associate director for athletics communications at Towson University in Maryland was chosen to serve as the 64th president of the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is the second African American to serve as the organization’s leader.

The First African American Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy

The First African American Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy

Darryl A. Williams is the 60th superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He is the first African American to serve in this role in the 216-year history of the academy.

Justice Department Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance Documents on Affirmative Action

Justice Department Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance Documents on Affirmative Action

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the guidance documents on affirmative action and race-sensitive admissions “unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper.”

Ernest J. Grant Will Be the First Man to Lead the American Nurses Association

Ernest J. Grant Will Be the First Man to Lead the American Nurses Association

Dr. Grant is an internationally recognized burn care and fire safety expert and oversees the nationally acclaimed North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He also teaches at the university’s School of Nursing.

Jaffus Hardrick to Lead Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens

Jaffus Hardrick to Lead Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens

Dr. Hardrick will be the third person to serve as interim president of Florida Memorial University since August 2017 when Roslyn Artis left to become president of Benedict College in South Carolina.

Gracie Lawson-Borders to Lead the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications

Gracie Lawson-Borders to Lead the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications

Gracie Lawson-Borders, dean of the School of Communication at Howard University in Washington, D.C., was appointed vice president of the Association of Journalism and Mass Communications. She will become president-elect in 2019 and president of the organization in 2020.

The First Black Woman to Lead the American Medical Association

The First Black Woman to Lead the American Medical Association

Patrice Harris, a practicing psychiatrist and an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, was chosen as president-elect of the American Medical Association. In June 2019, she will become the first Black woman to lead the organization.

The Next President of Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire

The Next President of Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire

Dr. Morrice was vice provost at the University of Missouri in charge of enrollment management and strategic development. Earlier, he was the chief enrollment officer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Lucian Yates III to Serve as Provost at Kentucky State University

Lucian Yates III to Serve as Provost at Kentucky State University

Dr. Yates has been serving as dean of the Graduate School and professor of curriculum and instruction at Tennessee State University in Nashville. He led the School of Education at Kentucky State University from 2004 to 2008.

Tanya Millner-Harlee to Lead Manchester Community College in Connecticut

Tanya Millner-Harlee to Lead Manchester Community College in Connecticut

Tanya Millner-Harlee is the interim Campus CEO of Manchester Community College in Connecticut. She is a professor of English and has been serving as interim dean of academic affairs at the college. She will serve while a search is conducted for an individual to fill the position on a permanent basis.

Wilma Mishoe Named the Eleventh President of Delaware State University

Wilma Mishoe Named the Eleventh President of Delaware State University

Dr. Mishoe has been serving in the post on an interim basis since January. Previously, she was chair of the university’s board of trustees, the first women to hold the post in the history of the university.

Two African Americans Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Two African Americans Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Letters

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University and Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and a screenwriter, is an associate professor in the theatre department at the Columbia School of the Arts.

Mickey Burnim to Lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Mickey Burnim to Lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dr. Burnim served as president of Bowie State University in Maryland from 2006 to 2017. Previously, he was chancellor at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and a staff economist at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Pomona College in California Appoints Avis Hinkson as Dean of Students

Pomona College in California Appoints Avis Hinkson as Dean of Students

Dr. Hinkson has been serving as dean of Barnard College in New York City. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hinkson was associate dean of admissions at Pomona College. She will begin her new job at Pomona College in Claremont, California, on August 1.

The New Dean of the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University

The New Dean of the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University

Silvanus J. Udoka has been serving as a professor and chair of the department of management at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. He also held a joint appointment in the department of industrial and systems engineering at the university.

Lenetta Lee Named Dean of the College at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Lenetta Lee Named Dean of the College at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lee has been serving as dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs at the university. She joined the faculty in the education department at Lincoln University in 1999. Dr. Lee was granted tenure in 2003.

Katrina VanderWoude Selected as the Next President of Contra Costa College in California

Katrina VanderWoude Selected as the Next President of Contra Costa College in California

Katrina VanderWoude has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California. Earlier, she was vice provost at Rochester College in Michigan. Dr. VanderWoude will begin her new job on August 6.

Adriel Hilton Appointed Dean of Students at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania

Adriel Hilton Appointed Dean of Students at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania

Dr. Hilton had been serving as director of the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Campus of Webster University. Earlier, Dr. Hilton served as chief of staff and executive assistant to the president at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

11-Year-Old Child Prodigy Receives Full Tuition Scholarship to Southern University

11-Year-Old Child Prodigy Receives Full Tuition Scholarship to Southern University

Since the age of 8, Elijah Precciely has taken classes at the university. Due to his previously college credits, he will start at Southern University as a sophomore. He has authored a book, hosts a radio show, and has submitted five U.S. patents.

Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina, Appoints Leroy Staggers as President

Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina, Appoints Leroy Staggers as President

Dr. Staggers has worked at Morris College for more than a quarter century. He has served as interim president since June 2017 and earlier was dean of the college. Dr. Staggers will be installed as the permanent president of Morris College on July 1.