Valerie Smith, president of the highly rated Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, was the recipient of an honorary doctor of letters degree from Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr. Smith was honored for her work on diversity, inclusion, and curricular innovation during her first year as president of the Swarthmore.
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Peter J. Gomes was pastor of Memorial Church at Harvard University for more than 40 years before his death in 2011. Among the nearly 40 notable figures from Harvard’s past whose portraits now hang in the Faculty Room, Gomes is the first person of color among the esteemed group.
Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.
Valerie Smith, dean of the college and the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University, was named president of Swarthmore College. She will take office on July 1.
Crystal Ann Williams at Bates College, Mia Mallory at the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and Kim LeDuff of the University of West Florida were named to lead their institution’s diversity initiatives.
Marcus C. Bruce at Bates College, Gene A. Jarrett at Boston University, and Stephon H.S. Alexander at Dartmouth College are named to important teaching positions.