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Hampton University Names its Thirteenth President

Hampton University Names its Thirteenth President

U.S. Army retired Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams has been named the thirteenth president of Hampton University in Virginia. He will replace William R. Harvey, who retires on June 30 after leading Hampton for 44 years. General Williams retired from the U.S. Army in 2020 after 37 years of service. His last leadership position was director of the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency.

Wayne A.I. Frederick to Step Down as President of Howard University by June 2024

Wayne A.I. Frederick to Step Down as President of Howard University by June 2024

Dr. Frederick, who had been serving as provost, was named interim president of Howard University in 2013 and assumed the permanent position in 2014. He has spent 34 years at Howard as a student, faculty member, administrator, and president.

Kiki Baker Barnes Named Commissioner of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Kiki Baker Barnes Named Commissioner of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Since 2006, Dr. Barnes has served as athletic director at Dillard University in New Orleans. Founded in 1981, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. It is a league entirely comprised of historically Black colleges and universities from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

A Pair of African Americans Appointed to Dean Positions

A Pair of African Americans Appointed to Dean Positions

Michèle Alexandre was named dean of Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Law and Tevis D. Bryant has been appointed vice president for student life and dean of students at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Valerie Sheares Ashby Will Be the Next President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Valerie Sheares Ashby Will Be the Next President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Since 2015, Dr. Ashby has been dean of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. From 2003 to 2105, Dr. Ashby served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she chaired the chemistry department from 2012 to 2015.

Almesha Campbell of Jackson State University Named Chair-Elect of AUTM

Almesha Campbell of Jackson State University Named Chair-Elect of AUTM

AUTM is a global nonprofit organization whose members support the commercialization of academic research. AUTM has its roots in the Society of University Patent Administrators from the 1970s. Its name was later changed to the Association of University Technology Managers, but now only AUTM is used.

Three Universities Have Named African Americans to Provost Positions

Three Universities Have Named African Americans to Provost Positions

Rondall E. Allen has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mignon Jacobs is the new vice president of academic affairs and provost at Virginia Union University and Marie Chisholm-Burns was appointed executive vice president and provost of Oregon Health & Science University.

Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

The four Black scholars appointed to dean posts are C. Debra M. Furr-Holden at New York University, Charles W. Richardson, Jr. at Alabama A&M University, Kimberly R. Moffitt at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Richard L. Moss at the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College.

Gregory Vincent Appointed President of Talladega College in Alabama

Gregory Vincent Appointed President of Talladega College in Alabama

Dr. Vincent is the former president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York Previously, he was the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership, professor of law, and vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bill Pink Chosen as the Next President of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan

Bill Pink Chosen as the Next President of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Pink has been serving as president of Grand Rapids Community College since May 2017. Earlier, he was vice president and dean at the college. Dr. Pink is scheduled to become the nineteenth president of Ferris State University on July 1.

A Trio of Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

A Trio of Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Ronald Aubert has been appointed interim dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. Richard J. Reddick was appointed dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and Sharon Porterfield was appointed dean of the College of Education at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Frederick Community College in Maryland Has Chosen Annessa Cheek as Its Next President

Frederick Community College in Maryland Has Chosen Annessa Cheek as Its Next President

Dr. Cheek has served as president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College in Minnesota since 2018. From 2014 to 2018, she was vice president of school and community partnerships at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She had been on the staff at that college since 2006.

Jomo Mutegi Selected to Lead the National Association for Research in Science Technology

Jomo Mutegi Selected to Lead the National Association for Research in Science Technology

NARST is a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research. Dr. Mutegi, an associate professor of science education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has been a member of NARST since 1995.

A Pair of African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

A Pair of African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Sharon Porterfield was appointed dean of the College of Education at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Shatrela Washington-Hubbard was named the Swinton A. Griffith III Dean of the College of Business & Communication at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

Hampton University's Felicia Blow Elected Chair of the Public Relations Society of America

Hampton University’s Felicia Blow Elected Chair of the Public Relations Society of America

Dr. Blow joined the staff at Hampton University in 2017 as associate vice president for development. She had previously worked in manufacturing, waste management and environmental services, telecommunications, and for Paul D. Camp Community College and Tidewater Community College.

Syracuse University's Gwendolyn Pough to Lead the Rhetoric Society of America

Syracuse University’s Gwendolyn Pough to Lead the Rhetoric Society of America

Gwendolyn Pough, dean’s professor of the humanities and professor of women’s and gender studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University in New York, will serve a six-year term as president-elect, president, and past-president, of the Rhetoric Society of America, beginning in July.

Rodney Priestley Will Be the Next Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University

Rodney Priestley Will Be the Next Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University

Dr. Priestley joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor in 2009 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris. He became an associate professor in 2015 and a full professor in 2019.

Ruth Simmons Announces She Plans to Step Down as President of Prairie View A&M University

Ruth Simmons Announces She Plans to Step Down as President of Prairie View A&M University

Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, has announced that she plans to retire but is willing to continue serving in the role until her successor is named. Dr. Simmons came out of retirement in 2017 to lead the historically Black university.

LaTonia Collins Smith Is the New President of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis

LaTonia Collins Smith Is the New President of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis

Dr. Colllins Smith has been serving as interim president since last summer. Before being named interim president, Dr. Collins Smith had been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the university. She has been on the staff at the university since 2010.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to University Dean Positions

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to University Dean Positions

Martine Kei Green-Rogers was appointed dean of The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. Michael Abazinge was appointed dean of the School of the Environment at Florida A&M University and Pero G. Dagbovie was named associate provost for graduate and postdoctoral studies and dean of the Graduate School at Michigan State University.

La Jerne Terry Cornish Appointed the Tenth President of Ithaca College in New York

La Jerne Terry Cornish Appointed the Tenth President of Ithaca College in New York

Dr. Cornish has been serving as interim president since August 30, 2021. From 2018 to 2021, Dr. Cornish served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the college. Earlier, she was associate provost for undergraduate studies at Goucher College in Baltimore.

Steve Stoute Will Be the Twenty-Fifth President of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York

Steve Stoute Will Be the Twenty-Fifth President of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York

Stoute currently serves as vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Stoute immigrated to the United States in 2000 to attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Tyrone Howard Selected to Lead the American Educational Research Association

Tyrone Howard Selected to Lead the American Educational Research Association

Tyrone Howard is director of the Black Male Institute and holder of the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Families at the University of California, Los Angeles. He will serve for a year as president-elect and begin his presidency at the conclusion of the association’s 2023 annual meeting.

A Pair of African American Women Who Have Been Selected to Serve as Provosts

A Pair of African American Women Who Have Been Selected to Serve as Provosts

Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu was named provost at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, effective August 1 and Dorothy Campbell was appointed interim provost and chief academic officer at New Mexico State University.

Dietra Trent Is the New Leader of the White House Initiative on HBCUs

Dietra Trent Is the New Leader of the White House Initiative on HBCUs

Since 2019, Dr. Trent has been serving as chief of staff for the president of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Earlier, she was secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Southern University System Appoints Dennis Shields as Its New Leader

The Southern University System Appoints Dennis Shields as Its New Leader

Shields has been the chancellor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2010. Prior to his current position in Wisconsin, Shields held administrative positions in admissions at the University of Iowa College of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and the Duke University School of Law.

Walt Jacobs Will Be the Next Provost at California State University, East Bay

Walt Jacobs Will Be the Next Provost at California State University, East Bay

Since 2015, Dr. Jacobs has served as the dean of the College of Social Sciences at San José State University. Prior to his arrival in California, he was the founding dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

University of Michigan Provost Susan Collins to Lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

University of Michigan Provost Susan Collins to Lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

When she takes office on July 1, Susan Collins will be only the second Black president and first Black woman to head one of the 12 Federal Reserve banks in the century-plus history of the institution.

Sonya Smith to Lead the State University of New York's Small Business Development Center Network

Sonya Smith to Lead the State University of New York’s Small Business Development Center Network

Sonya Smith was named the SUNY State Director of the New York Small Business Development Centers. She is the first woman and first African American appointed to lead New York’s vast SBDC network in its nearly 40-year history.

Arizona State University Scholar Is the New Head of the National Endowment for the Arts

Arizona State University Scholar Is the New Head of the National Endowment for the Arts

Maria Rosario Jackson is an Institute Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Professor Jackson, who is of Mexican American and African American descent, also holds an appointment in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State.

Livingstone College President Jimmy Jenkins Announces That He Will Retire on July 1

Livingstone College President Jimmy Jenkins Announces That He Will Retire on July 1

Dr. Jenkins has served as president of the historically Black college for the past 16 years. He is credited with saving the college from closure from its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

The four scholars appointed to dean positions are Ulysses Taylor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, Marla Harris at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, North Carolina, Walter T. Tillman Jr. at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida, and Stella Bridgeman at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Oklahoma City Community Colleges Names Mautra Jones as its Eleventh President

Oklahoma City Community Colleges Names Mautra Jones as its Eleventh President

Dr. Jones has been serving as vice president of institutional advancement and external affairs at Langston University. She is the site administrator for the university’s Oklahoma City campus, as well as the executive director of the Langston University Foundation.

Talitha Washington Selected to Lead the Association for Women in Mathematics

Talitha Washington Selected to Lead the Association for Women in Mathematics

Talitha Washington, a professor of the mathematical sciences at Clark Atlanta University and the director of the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative, has been named president-elect of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She will become president of the organization in 2023.

Michael Lindsey Named Dean of the School of Social Work at New York University

Michael Lindsey Named Dean of the School of Social Work at New York University

Dr. Lindsey is the Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at New York University. He also serves as executive director of the university’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research.

Robin Holmes-Sullivan Chosen to Be the 26th President of Lewis & Clark College in Portland

Robin Holmes-Sullivan Chosen to Be the 26th President of Lewis & Clark College in Portland

Dr. Homes-Sullivan is currently the vice president for student life and dean of students at the college. She came to Lewis & Clark in 2019 from the University of California System, where she served as vice president for student affairs. Earlier, she spent 27 years at the University of Oregon rising to the position of vice president of student life.