Resignations

First Black Woman Full Professor at the University of New Mexico Is Retiring

First Black Woman Full Professor at the University of New Mexico Is Retiring

Sherri Burr, Regents Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, is retiring. She has taught at the law school since 1988.

Haywood Strickland to Retire From Presidency of Wiley College

Haywood Strickland to Retire From Presidency of Wiley College

Haywood L. Strickland has announced that he will step down as president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. He has led the historically Black educational institution in East Texas since 2000.

Vanderbilt's George Hill Retires as Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Vanderbilt’s George Hill Retires as Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dr. Hill will remain affiliated with the university as professor emeritus in medical education and administration and professor emeritus of psychology, microbiology, and immunology.

University of Louisville's First African American Vice President Retires

University of Louisville’s First African American Vice President Retires

Dan Hall, vice president and director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of Louisville, is retiring after 32 years on the university’s staff. He was the first African American to earn the title of vice president at the university.

President of Two Campuses of the University of Pittsburgh to Retire in 2018

President of Two Campuses of the University of Pittsburgh to Retire in 2018

Livingston Alexander, president of the University of Pittsburgh campuses at Bradford and Titusville, announced that he will step down on June 30, 2018. He has been president of the Bradford campus for 14 years and added the Titusville campus to his duties in 2012.

Two Esteemed African American Scholars Announce Their Retirements

Two Esteemed African American Scholars Announce Their Retirements

Kenneth Perry, an associate professor and the chair of the computer science department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and Paula J. Giddings, the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Africana Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, are retiring.

Two Academic Stars at Morehouse College Are Retiring

Two Academic Stars at Morehouse College Are Retiring

Tobe Johnson is the longest serving faculty member in Morehouse College history. He has taught at the historically Black college for 59 years. Marcellus Barksdale, a professor of African American studies and a professor of history, joined the faculty in 1977.

Leo E. Morton to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Leo E. Morton to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Morton has led the university since December 2008. At that time, he was chair of the university’s board of trustees and agreed to lead the university as interim chancellor until a new leader could be found. But a few months later, the board asked him to take the job on a permanent basis.

Two Major Black Scholars Retiring From High-Ranking Universities

Two Major Black Scholars Retiring From High-Ranking Universities

Willie Ruff, a professor at the Yale School of Music, is retiring after teaching at the university since 1971. Also retiring is Darlene Clark Hine, a professor of history and professor of African American studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Four Black Women Who Are Stepping Down From Their University Posts

Four Black Women Who Are Stepping Down From Their University Posts

The Black women who have announced their retirements are Sandra J. DeLoatch of Norfolk State University in Virginia, Iris Rosa of Indiana University, Jean Hampton of Texas Southern University, and Branwen Smith-King of Tufts University in Massachusetts.

J. Keith Motley to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston

J. Keith Motley to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston

Dr. Motley’s resignation comes at a time when the university is experiencing declining enrollment and has accumulated $30 million in debt. Protesters held a rally in front of the State House on Beacon Hill in Boston in support of Dr. Motley.

Two African American Women Leaving Their Academic Posts

Two African American Women Leaving Their Academic Posts

J. Nwando Olayiwola, director of the Center for Primary Care Excellence at the University of California, San Francisco, is taking a job at a healthcare technology company and Karla FC Holloway, the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University, has retired.

Two African Americans Stepping Down From Posts at HBCUs

Two African Americans Stepping Down From Posts at HBCUs

Tola Thompson, the assistant vice president of government relations at Florida A&M University, is going to Washington to serve as chief of staff for Congressman Al Lawson and Elwanda D. Ingram, professor of English at Winston-Salem State University, has announced that she is retiring at the end of the year.

Board Chair at Meharry Medical College to Step Down After 30 Years at the Helm

Board Chair at Meharry Medical College to Step Down After 30 Years at the Helm

During his 30-year tenure as chair of the board of trustees at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Royal personally contributed $2 million to the medical school and presided over a successful $125 million fundraising campaign.

Three African Americans Are Leaving Their Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Are Leaving Their Posts in Higher Education

D. R. Butler, the associate director of athletics for academics and intercollegiate athletics at George Mason University, and Glenda Hammond, the director of the Upward Bound program at Michigan State University are retiring. Joy Karega was dismissed from the faculty at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Carolyn Meyers Announces Her Resignation as President of Jackson State University

Carolyn Meyers Announces Her Resignation as President of Jackson State University

A year ago, Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University, had her contract extended for another four years. Now, she has resigned after it was revealed that the university’s financial situation has deteriorated.

Hardin Coleman Will Step Down as Dean of Boston University's School of Education

Hardin Coleman Will Step Down as Dean of Boston University’s School of Education

Dr. Coleman will take a one-year sabbatical and then return to Boston University as a full-time faculty member in master’s degree programs in family therapy and school counseling and as director of the Center for Character & Social Responsibility.

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little, the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, announced that she will step down at the end of the current academic year. When she was named chancellor in 2009, Dr. Gray-Little became the first woman and the first African American in history to hold the position.

Mickey Burnim to Step Down From Presidency of Bowie State University

Mickey Burnim to Step Down From Presidency of Bowie State University

Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, announced that he will step down at the end of the current academic year on June 30, 2017. When he retires, he will have led the university for nearly 11 years.

Johnson C. Smith University President Announces His Retirement

Johnson C. Smith University President Announces His Retirement

Ronald L. Carter, the 13th president of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, announced that he will step down at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. Carter has led the university since 2008.

Two African American Scholars Are Leaving Their University Posts

Two African American Scholars Are Leaving Their University Posts

Jake Kirkland Jr. is retiring after 30 years as an administrator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Noelle Hunter is leaving her post at Moorhead State University in Kentucky to become the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

Willie Larkin Steps Down as President of Grambling State University

Willie Larkin Steps Down as President of Grambling State University

After just less than one year in office as the ninth president of Grambling State University in Louisiana, Willie D. Larkin has resigned his post. While President Larkin resigned, his comments appear to show that he was being forced out of his position.

Two African American Scholars Have Announced Their Retirements

Two African American Scholars Have Announced Their Retirements

Wanda J. Smith was appointed associate professor of management emerita in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech and Joshua Murfree Jr. has resigned as director of intercollegiate athletics at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Three Black Educators Announce Their Retirements

Three Black Educators Announce Their Retirements

Stepping down from teaching positions are Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka at the University of Kansas, James F. Densler at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Randolph J. Johnson at Delaware State University.

Three African Americans Are Retiring From High-Level Posts at Major Universities

Three African Americans Are Retiring From High-Level Posts at Major Universities

Those who have announced their retirements are Virginia Caples at Alabama A&M University, John H. Bracey Jr. at the University of Massachusetts, and Floyd Kerr at Morgan State University.

Claude Steele Stepping Down From Provost Position at the University of California, Berkeley

Claude Steele Stepping Down From Provost Position at the University of California, Berkeley

Claude Steele was appointed executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. He is stepping aside to deal with the health problems of his wife. He will remain at Berkeley as a professor of psychology.

Two African American Men Are Leaving High-Level Administrative Posts at State Universities

Two African American Men Are Leaving High-Level Administrative Posts at State Universities

Charles Wilson, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, will retire in June. Patrick R. Liverpool, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has stepped down due to medical reasons.

Roderick McDavis to Leave Presidency of Ohio University in 2017

Roderick McDavis to Leave Presidency of Ohio University in 2017

Roderick J. McDavis, president of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, has announced that he will step down at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. McDavis has been president of Ohio University since 2004.

Grace E. Harris Retires After a Career That Spanned 48 Years at Virginia Commonwealth University

Grace E. Harris Retires After a Career That Spanned 48 Years at Virginia Commonwealth University

Grace E. Harris has retired as a distinguished professor of public policy at the leadership institute that bears her name at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Her service included terms as dean of the School of Social Work, provost, and acting president.

Two African Americans Leaving Their Higher Education Posts

Two African Americans Leaving Their Higher Education Posts

Iris E. Harvey is leaving her post as vice president for university relations at Kent State University in Ohio and Leonard Hayes III is retiring as senior director for the Institutional Service Division of the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

Two African Americans Who Have Retired From University Positions

Two African Americans Who Have Retired From University Positions

Joan Morrison, assistant director of the Office of Alumni Relations at North Carolina Central University and Ralph Oliver, director of public safety and chief of police at the University of Kansas, have retired.

Leslie McClellon Resigns as President of Rochester Community and Technical College

Leslie McClellon Resigns as President of Rochester Community and Technical College

President McClellon had been criticized over her spending and hiring decisions since taking office only 18 months ago. She will take a position as a senior system director at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

A Leadership Change at Elizabeth City State University

A Leadership Change at Elizabeth City State University

Stacey Franklin Jones has resigned from her position as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. Thomas Conway, vice chancellor and chief of staff at Fayetteville State University, was named to replace Dr. Jones.

Texas Southern University President to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

Texas Southern University President to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

John M. Rudley has served as the eleventh president of Texas Southern University in Houston since 2008. Earlier, he was interim chancellor of the University of Houston System and interim president of the University of Houston.

Two African American Scholars Announce They Are Stepping Down From Top-Level Posts

Two African American Scholars Announce They Are Stepping Down From Top-Level Posts

Carolyn R. Hodges, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee, will return to her faculty post and Mary H. Gresham, vice provost for educational collaboration and engagement at the University at Buffalo, is retiring at the end of the year.

Pamela Hammond to Step Down as Interim President of Virginia State University

Pamela Hammond to Step Down as Interim President of Virginia State University

Dr. Hammond has been serving as interim president since January 1, 2015. She is the first woman to serve as president of the university. Dr. Hammond is the former provost at Hampton University.