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Seven Black Scholars in the U.S. From Foreign Nations Have Been Awarded Rhodes Scholarships

Seven Black Scholars in the U.S. From Foreign Nations Have Been Awarded Rhodes Scholarships

There are 16 international Rhodes Scholars who are attending or have recently graduated from American colleges and universities. Out of the 16 international scholars at American educational institutions who have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships, seven are Black.

Fayetteville State University in North Carolina Names Its New Provost

Fayetteville State University in North Carolina Names Its New Provost

Dr. Pam Jackson has been on the staff at the university for almost 13 years and has been serving as interim provost since December 2017. Earlier, she was dean of the of College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University.

Adrienne Cooper Appointed Provost at Florida Memorial University

Adrienne Cooper Appointed Provost at Florida Memorial University

Most recently, Dr. Cooper has served as associate provost at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Earlier in her career, she served on the staff at the University of South Carolina, Florida A&M University, and South Carolina State University.

The Racial Gap in Traditional High School Completion Rates

The Racial Gap in Traditional High School Completion Rates

The highest Black student high school graduation rate was in the state of Alabama. The lowest high school graduation rate for Blacks was in the state of Minnesota. Wisconsin had the largest racial gap in high school graduation rates of 25.7 percentage points.

Saint Augustine's University President Everett B. Ward Announces His Retirement

Saint Augustine’s University President Everett B. Ward Announces His Retirement

Everett B. Ward, president of historically Black Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, will step down in July. The university recently was removed from accreditation probation status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Bennett College Smashes Fundraising Goal in Effort to Retain Accreditation

Bennett College Smashes Fundraising Goal in Effort to Retain Accreditation

In order to demonstrate to the commission that Bennett is financial stable, President Dawkins initiated an emergency “Stand With Bennett” fundraising drive that had a goal of raising $5 million by February 1. The college raised at least $8.2 million.

James Haywood Rolling Jr. Voted President-Elect of the National Art Education Association

James Haywood Rolling Jr. Voted President-Elect of the National Art Education Association

Professor Rolling is a professor of art education in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a professor of teaching and leadership in the School of Education. He also serves as director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Dana Williams to Lead the Howard University Graduate School

Dana Williams to Lead the Howard University Graduate School

Dana Williams has been named interim dean of the Howard University Graduate School. She is chair of the department of English and a professor of African American literature. She has been a Howard University faculty member since 2003.

Howard University Names the Next Dean of Its College of Arts and Sciences

Howard University Names the Next Dean of Its College of Arts and Sciences

Since 2014, Dr. Rubin Patterson has been chair of department of sociology and criminology at Howard University. He previously served as a professor of sociology and in several administrative roles at the University of Toledo in Ohio. Dr. Patterson will become dean on July 1.

Kevin James to Lead the College of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University

Kevin James to Lead the College of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. James has been serving as interim dean since August 2017. He has also served as chair of the department of accounting and finance since 2010. Prior to teaching at North Carolina A&T, Dr. James served as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University.

Danielle Conway Named Dean of Penn State's Dickinson Law School

Danielle Conway Named Dean of Penn State’s Dickinson Law School

Professor Conway has served as dean and professor at the University of Maine School of Law since 2015. Earlier, she served on the faculty of law schools at the University of Hawaii, the University of Memphis, and Georgetown University.

Sean Huddleston Named President of Martin University in Indianapolis

Sean Huddleston Named President of Martin University in Indianapolis

Currently, Huddleston is vice president for inclusion and equity at the University of Indianapolis. He was the chief officer for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Huddleston will begin as president of Martin University on March 25, 2019.

G. Marcus Cole Named Dean of Law School at the University of Notre Dame

G. Marcus Cole Named Dean of Law School at the University of Notre Dame

Currently, Cole serves as the William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law at Stanford University. He first joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. At Stanford, he served for five years as associate dean for curriculum and academic affairs.

Julius P. Williams Becomes First African-American President of the Conductors Guild

Julius P. Williams Becomes First African-American President of the Conductors Guild

Dr. Williams serves as a professor of composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Herbert Lehman College of the City University of New York and a master of music education degree from the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

A Change in Leadership Is Coming at Savannah State University in Georgia

A Change in Leadership Is Coming at Savannah State University in Georgia

The University System of Georgia announced that Kimberly Ballard-Washington will serve as interim president of Savannah State University, effective July 1. She currently serves as associate vice chancellor for legal affairs for the University System of Georgia.

Titilayo Ufomata Appointed Provost at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana

Titilayo Ufomata Appointed Provost at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana

Currently, Dr. Ufomata had served as special advisor to the president and board of trustees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She first joined the colleges in 2012 as provost and dean of faculty. She will become provost at St. Mary’s College on June 1.

Two African Americans Appointed to Dean Posts at Community Colleges

Two African Americans Appointed to Dean Posts at Community Colleges

Javon Brame has been named dean of students at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado and Carol Ash is the new interim dean of the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

Maryland HBCU Litigation: Déjà  Vu, All Over Again

Maryland HBCU Litigation: Déjà Vu, All Over Again

In litigation that has been going on for 12 years and had been sent to mediation in 2013, a three-judge panel ordered the state and representatives of Maryland’s four HBCUs to once again enter into mediation. The court gave the parties only to April 30 to come up with a solution to address inequities in the state’s higher education system.

Kimberly Mutcherson Is the First African-American Law Dean at Rutgers University in New Jersey

Kimberly Mutcherson Is the First African-American Law Dean at Rutgers University in New Jersey

Kimberly Mutcherson has been named co-dean of the Rutgers Law School in Camden. Her appointment makes her the first woman, the first African American, and the first LGBT law dean at Rutgers University.

Coppin State University President Maria Thompson to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

Coppin State University President Maria Thompson to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

Maria Thompson,the first woman president of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, has announced she will retire at the end of the academic year after overcoming recent health challenges. She became president of Coppin State University in 2015.

Shirley Ann Jackson to Remain as President at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Until June 2022

Shirley Ann Jackson to Remain as President at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Until June 2022

Dr. Jackson was chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 to 1999. She then left government service to take over as the 18th president of RPI in 1999. Dr. Jackson usually ranks at or near the top in rankings of the highest-paid college presidents in the country.

Dorcas Davis Bowles to Serve as Provost at Clark Atlanta University

Dorcas Davis Bowles to Serve as Provost at Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Bowles served as provost at Clark Atlanta University from 2003 to 2008 and she served as dean of the university’s School of Social Work on three different occasions. Earlier in her career, Dr. Bowles was a professor and acting dean of the School of Social Work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Cheryl Green to Lead the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Cheryl Green to Lead the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Dr. Cheryl Green has been serving as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Earlier, she was assistant vice president for student affairs at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

The New Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina

The New Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina

Karrie Gibson Dixon has been serving as interim chancellor since April 2018. Before coming to Elizabeth City State University in 2017, Dr. Dixon was a senior administrator for the University of North Carolina System. Most recently, she was vice president for academic and student affairs.

Jamie R. Riley Appointed Dean of Students at the University of Alabama

Jamie R. Riley Appointed Dean of Students at the University of Alabama

Dr. Riley was the executive director and chief operating officer of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Earlier in his career, he held student affairs and diversity and inclusion posts, as well as faculty positions at a number of colleges and universities.

African Americans Have Closed the Racial Gap in High School Dropout Rates

African Americans Have Closed the Racial Gap in High School Dropout Rates

In 2016, 6.2 percent of all African Americans ages 16 to 24 did not have a high school diploma and were not enrolled in school. This so-called status dropout rate has dropped significantly for African Americans since the turn of the century.

Koffi Akakpo Named President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Kentucky

Koffi Akakpo Named President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Kentucky

Currently, Dr. Akakpo serves as vice president for business, administrative, and student services at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio. Earlier, he was director of financial planning and management and an adjunct faculty member at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Akin Ogundiran Named Editor-In-Chief of the African Archaeological Review

Akin Ogundiran Named Editor-In-Chief of the African Archaeological Review

Dr. Ogundiran is a professor of Africana studies, anthropology, and history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The journal focuses on African archaeology, including topics such as the emergence of modern humans and the earliest manifestation of human culture.

Columbia University Approves an African American and African Diaspora Studies Department

Columbia University Approves an African American and African Diaspora Studies Department

Columbia University plans to hire new faculty who are experts in the field of African American and African diaspora studies and create a Ph.D. program to produce additional innovative scholarship. Additionally, the new department plans to collaborate on cultural projects with the surrounding community in Harlem.

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.