Resignations

Jack Thomas Forced Out as President of Western Illinois University

Jack Thomas Forced Out as President of Western Illinois University

Dr. Jack Thomas was named the eleventh president of Western Illinois University in 2011. Previously, Dr. Thomas served as the university’s provost and academic vice president. Some of the president supporters alleged that racism was behind the campaign to oust the university’s first African American president.

A Trio of African Americans Are Retiring From High-Level Posts in the Academic World

A Trio of African Americans Are Retiring From High-Level Posts in the Academic World

Stepping down from their positions are Melissa Thomas-Hunt, professor of management and vice provost at Vanderbilt University, Andre Patillo, director of athletics at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and Filomina C. Steady, chair of Africana studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Two African American Scholars Announce Their Impending Retirements

Two African American Scholars Announce Their Impending Retirements

Joyce E. Smith, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, has announced she will retire in summer 2020 and Eddie A. Holloway, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Southern Mississippi, will retire in June.

Four African Americans Who Are Leaving Their High-Level Posts at State Universities

Four African Americans Who Are Leaving Their High-Level Posts at State Universities

The four African American who are stepping down from their positions are Ellen Smiley at Grambling State University in Louisiana, Neema Connor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Dana Brooks at West Virginia University, and Melvin Leon Heard at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Two African American Women Announce They Are Leaving Their Posts

Two African American Women Announce They Are Leaving Their Posts

Jacqueline Royster, dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Peggy Bradford, president of Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois, have announced they are leaving their posts this coming summer.

Five African Americans Who Are Stepping Down From Their Current Posts in Academia

Five African Americans Who Are Stepping Down From Their Current Posts in Academia

Those stepping down from their posts are Nicole Prudent at the Boston University School of Medicine, Blake D. Morant, dean of the law school at George Washington University, Frankie Jeffries at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Michael Adewumi at Pennsylvania State University, and Willie Hill Jr. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Two African American Men Stepping Down From High-Level University Posts

Two African American Men Stepping Down From High-Level University Posts

John Newson, director of university bands at Howard University in Washington, D.C., has retired from his position after 25 years and James Lucas, director of human resources at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is retiring after almost seven years at the institution.

Five African American Men Who Are Stepping Down From Their Posts in Higher Education

Five African American Men Who Are Stepping Down From Their Posts in Higher Education

The African American men who are leaving their current posts are Winston B. Crisp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Corey D.B. Walker at Virginia Union University, Donald Cole at the University of Mississippi, Cliff Thornton at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Stanley Pritchett at Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

Two African Americans Stepping Down From High-Level Administrative Posts at Universities

Two African Americans Stepping Down From High-Level Administrative Posts at Universities

Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, will step down and return to the English department faculty and Alan Brangman, executive vice president and university treasurer at the University of Delaware, has announced he will retire in early 2019.

Two African American Men Stepping Down From High-Level Administrative Positions

Two African American Men Stepping Down From High-Level Administrative Positions

Walter Robinson, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at the University of California, Davis, is retiring and David Williams II, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director at Vanderbilt University, is stepping down but will continue to serve on the university’s law school faculty.

Two African American Women Are Retiring From High-Level Posts at Major Universities

Two African American Women Are Retiring From High-Level Posts at Major Universities

Pat Singleton-Young was the director of the Multicultural Student Center at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina and Carolyn Ashe is retiring as professor and director of the Institute for Business Ethics, and Public Issues at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Three African Americans Who Are Retiring From Higher Education Posts

Three African Americans Who Are Retiring From Higher Education Posts

The three retirees are Rhonda Rogers at Virginia Tech, Karla Spurlock-Evans at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Kent Merritt at the University of Virginia.

Two African American Women Full Professors Are Retiring From State Universities

Two African American Women Full Professors Are Retiring From State Universities

Ethel Hill Williams, the Reynolds Professor of public affairs and director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Carolyn B. Brooks, professor of microbiology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, are retiring.

Claflin University President Henry Tisdale Announces He Will Step Down in 2019

Claflin University President Henry Tisdale Announces He Will Step Down in 2019

When he retired in June 2019, Dr. Henry Tisdale will have led the historically Black university for a quarter century. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate in mathematics at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Two Long-Time Faculty Members Are Retiring From Elizabeth City State University

Two Long-Time Faculty Members Are Retiring From Elizabeth City State University

Linda Hayden is retiring after 38 years of teaching at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and Claudie Mackey has been on the faculty there since 1977.

Gregory Vincent Resigns as President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Gregory Vincent Resigns as President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The resignation comes after allegations surfaced that Dr. Vincent plagiarized part of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania.

After 40 Years as Brown University's Chief Legal Officer, Beverly Ledbetter Is Retiring

After 40 Years as Brown University’s Chief Legal Officer, Beverly Ledbetter Is Retiring

In 1978, Beverly Ledbetter was appointed the university’s inaugural general counsel and she has served as Brown’s chief legal officer ever since. She earned her juris doctorate at the University of Colorado Law School.

Juliette Bell to Step Down From Presidency of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Juliette Bell to Step Down From Presidency of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dr. Bell became president of the university in July 1, 2012. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Bell was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. In retirement, she plans to write a book on her journey from the cotton fields of Alabama to the presidency of a state university.

Two African American University Administrators Announce Their Retirements

Two African American University Administrators Announce Their Retirements

Gaddis Faulcon recently retired from his post as vice president at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina and Phail Wynn, a vice president at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, announced he will retire in June.

Thomas Conway Stepping Down as Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University

Thomas Conway Stepping Down as Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University

Dr. Conway has served as chancellor since 2016 and has had a 45-year career with the University of North Carolina System. Earlier, Dr. Conway was vice chancellor and chief of staff at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

A Shake-Up in University Advancement at Florida A&M University

A Shake-Up in University Advancement at Florida A&M University

George Cotten, who has served as vice president for university advancement at Florida A&M University since April 2015 has resigned. Shawnta Friday-Stroud, dean of the School of Business and Industry, was named interim vice president of university advancement.

Larry Davis, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, to Step Down

Larry Davis, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, to Step Down

Larry E. Davis dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, has announced that he will step down as the end of the current academic year. He has led the School of Social work since 2001.

Arthur Dunning Retiring as President of Albany State University in Georgia

Arthur Dunning Retiring as President of Albany State University in Georgia

Dr. Dunning was named interim president of Albany State University in 2013 and was hired on a permanent basis in 2015. He successfully presided over the university during its merger with Darton State College.

Nathaniel Glover Announces He Will Step Down as President of Edward Waters College

Nathaniel Glover Announces He Will Step Down as President of Edward Waters College

In 1995, Nathaniel Glover was elected as the first African American sheriff in Florida in more than 100 years and the first African American sheriff in the history of Jacksonville. He was named the 29th president of Edward Waters College in 2011.

Clemson University's First African American Dean Has Retired

Clemson University’s First African American Dean Has Retired

Frankie O. Felder, senior associate dean at the Clemson University’s graduate school, retired on August 15. Dr. Felder had served as a dean at the graduate school since 1987. She was the first African American dean at Clemson.

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.