Cheyney University has signed an agreement to fast-track high-achieving Cheyney graduates into the accelerated bachelor’s degree program in nursing and the Ph.D. program in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Ebenezer Bassett was the first African American student to enroll at the Connecticut Normal School, which is now Central Connecticut State University. He taught at what is now Cheyney University and later became the first African American to serve as a diplomat for the United States.
Catto graduated as the valedictorian of the Institute for Colored Youth, which today is Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He later taught English literature, mathematics and classical languages at the institution. He was murdered in 1871 while trying to defend African Americans’ right to vote.
Historically Black Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has seen a 50 percent drop in enrollments since 2009. The new agreement opens up new avenues for the university to increase the size of its student body.
From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Howard-Vital was president of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania. Earlier in her career, she served as interim chancellor of Winston-Salem State University and as associate vice president for the University of North Carolina System.
For the past two years, Dr. Dixon has served as interim vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Hundreds of students, alumni, and supporters of Cheney University of Pennsylvania held a rally in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg calling on legislators to do much more to help the struggling historically Black university.
Since 2013, Phyllis Worthy Dawkins has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cheyney University, one of 14 campuses that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She will assume her new duties on December 1.
The Cheyney/La Salle MBA Affiliation Agreement will guarantee five slots each academic year for qualified students from Cheyney to enter La Salle’s MBA program.
A report from the auditor general found escalating debt, falling revenues, and declining enrollments. The good news is that Cheyney is already taking steps to cut costs, increase enrollments, and improve retention and graduation rates.
Historically Black Cheyney University was founded in 1837 and is now part of the 14-campus Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. A lawsuit calls for major enhancements so that Cheyney can compete with other predominantly White institutions in the system.
From 2010 to June of this year, Dr. Pogue was president of Grambling State University in Louisiana. Earlier in his career, he served for 11 years as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He will become interim president of Cheyney University on November 3.
Dr. Smith, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, had been at his new job for only three weeks before his death. Previously, he was a vice president at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Taking on new roles are Dexter A. Bailey Jr. at Stony Brook University in New York, Cheryl Evans Jones at Paine College in Georgia, Stacy Downing at Delaware State University, Brian Seymour at Edward Waters College in Florida, and Jonathan Muse at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
The 40,000-square-foot structure houses chemistry, biology, physics, and computer laboratories, seminar and lecture rooms, faculty offices, a planetarium, and an external greenhouse. It’s the first new academic building on campus in 30 years.
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.
Michelle R. Howard-Vital, the 11th president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, has announced she will retire on July 31. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has been named acting president.
The agreement calls for the two universities to collaborate on an aquaculture project that will enhance fish and food production in Rwanda. In addition, students in Rwanda will be able to enroll in a Cheyney online master of public administration degree program.
The agreement calls for student and faculty exchanges between the two educational institutions. The exchanges will focus on programs in aquaculture and public administration.
Appointed to serve in new positions are Anre Dixon at Cheyney University, Kimberly Logan at Alabama A&M University, Shari Clarke at Ohio University, Rychetta Watkins at the University of Memphis and Lorraine Goffe-Rush at Washington University.
The new appointees are Jerald Woolfolk Adley at SUNY Oswego, Ivan L. Harrell III at Lone Star College-CyFair, Eric V. Hilton at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and Joyce Q. Rogers at Indiana University.
Cherita Weatherspoon was named head of University College at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Sunya Young is a new vice president at South Carolina State University and Robert W. McGlotten Jr. was named government liaison at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Named after the university’s founder, Richard Humphreys, the newly rennovated structure will serve as a residence hall for a cohort of honors students called Humphreys Scholars.
An attorney involved in the action stated, “The Commonwealth in 2013 continues this racial discrimination, which has caused an all-time great institution to have an all-time low student enrollment and an all-time high budget deficit.”
Dr. Dawkins was provost, senior vice president for academic affairs, and professor of education at Dillard University in New Orleans. Earlier she held several positions at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cheyney University in Pennsylvania called off classes for Monday October 29 and urged any students who were on campus to leave and return to their homes if possible.
The 43,000-square-foot facility will house classrooms and research programs in biotechnology, health, mathematic applications, and computer-based system development.
Carlton Brown, Gerald Coleman, Kimberly Hilliard, Tijuana Hudson, Sheilah Vance, Vanidy Bailey, Patric Simon, Kevin Banks, Ron Price, and Ruffin Bell are all taking on new roles.
The university received a diploma issued to a woman in 1879 by the Institute for Colored Youth.