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In Memoriam: Terrance Dean, 1968-2022

In Memoriam: Terrance Dean, 1968-2022

Dr. Dean joined the faculty at Denison University in 2019. His research interests included gender and sexuality, Black religion and homiletics, rhetoric and communication, the African diaspora, Black cultural studies, James Baldwin and Afrofuturism.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

New Initiative to Expand Opportunities in Classical Music for HBCU Students

New Initiative to Expand Opportunities in Classical Music for HBCU Students

Under the year-long Shared Voice program, students from Howard University, Fisk University, Morgan State University, and Morehouse College will form musical alliances with The Metropolitan Opera, faculty and students from The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Six Colleges and Universities Announce the Hiring of Black Faculty Members

Six Colleges and Universities Announce the Hiring of Black Faculty Members

Here is this week’s roundup of Black faculty members who have been appointed to new positions or given new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@JBHE.com.

The End of an Era: Nikki Giovanni Retires After 35 Years on the Faculty at Virginia Tech

The End of an Era: Nikki Giovanni Retires After 35 Years on the Faculty at Virginia Tech

Professor Giovanni has been teaching at Virginia Tech since 1987. She is the author of many collections of poetry, children’s books, and works of nonfiction. She has published 11 illustrated children’s books, received 30 honorary degrees and seven NAACP Image Awards, and has been a finalist for a Grammy and for the National Book Award.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Seven Black Administrators

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Seven Black Administrators

Taking on new administrative roles are Jack Michael Bellamy at Yale University, Linda J. Bell at Dillard University in New Orleans, Isaac Brundage at California State University, Chico, Gaëtane Verna at Ohio State University, Rachelle L. Williams at Talladega College in Alabama, Tara Owens at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Frederick Haywood Jr. at Fisk University in Nashville.

In Memoriam: Paul T. Kwami, 1952-2022

In Memoriam: Paul T. Kwami, 1952-2022

Dr. Kwami was named musical director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1994. He was the first native African to hold the position. Two years later, he was appointed chair of the department of music at the university. Dr. Kwami served in that role until 2003.

An Abrupt Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

An Abrupt Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

With the academic year in its infancy, the board of trustees of historically Black Fisk University in Nashville announced that Vann R. Newkirk was removed as president, effective immediately. No reason was given for Dr. Newkirk’s departure. Charles Sims the chair of the board of trustees was named acting president.

In Memoriam: Terrance Dean, 1968-2022

In Memoriam: Terrance Dean, 1968-2022

Before joining the faculty at Denison University in 2019, Dr. Dean was a journalist and an executive for the MTV network. Earlier this year, he was named the inaugural Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Scholar-in- Residence at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Robert Carr Selected to Serve as Provost at Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville

Robert Carr Selected to Serve as Provost at Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville

Dr. Robert Carr comes to Fisk University from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he has served since 2017 as provost and the chief academic officer. Earlier, he was a professor and dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

Clark Atlanta University to Lead the New National Data Science Alliance

Clark Atlanta University to Lead the New National Data Science Alliance

The National Data Science Alliance, funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation, aims to increase the number of Black people earning data science credentials by at least 20,000 by 2027 and expand data science research that advocates for social justice and will strive to eliminate bias.

New Administratve Duties in Higher Education for 10 Black Americans

New Administratve Duties in Higher Education for 10 Black Americans

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for this section, please send an email to info@jbhe.com.

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Carcia Carson intends to devote her professional career to developing translational research in cancer vaccines and personalized immunotherapy.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Fisk University to Offer a New Bachelor's Degree Program in Kinesiology

Fisk University to Offer a New Bachelor’s Degree Program in Kinesiology

Physical activity will be examined from multiple angles, including biological, physiological, and sociological analyses, as well as its effects across a range of tasks, including exercise, daily living, play, sport, and employment. Dr. Andrea K. Stevenson has been chosen to head up the new program.

Fisk University Starting a Women's Gymnastics Team

Fisk University Starting a Women’s Gymnastics Team

Fisk will be the first historically Black college or university to have a women’s gymnastics team. Fisk also plans to host several conferences, clinics, and invitationals in partnership with organizations like Brown Girls do Gymnastics.

Aisha Francis Is the New President of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston

Aisha Francis Is the New President of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston

Previously, Dr. Francis was the college’s chief executive officer at the institute overseeing the day-to-day operations of the college. Earlier, she served as chief of staff to the institute’s president. Prior to joining BFIT, she served as the managing director of development for Harvard Medical School.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Three Universities Appoint Black Scholars to Provost Positions

Three Universities Appoint Black Scholars to Provost Positions

Francine Conway will be chancellor-provost of the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey. John D. Jones is the new provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Melissa L. Gilliam has been appointed executive vice president and provost at Ohio State University.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Fisk University to Offer a Bonus Master's Degree Program to Students Who Graduate in Four Years

Fisk University to Offer a Bonus Master’s Degree Program to Students Who Graduate in Four Years

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville has announced a new program in which students will graduate in four years and be automatically admitted to a master’s degree program at the university. Tuition for their master’s degree studies will be at half price.

A Long Overdue Honor for the Fisk Jubilee Singers

A Long Overdue Honor for the Fisk Jubilee Singers

The Fisk Jubilee Singers were established in 1871 and have traveled the world raising money for the historically Black university, But until now the group had never won a Grammy Award. But this year they won Best Roots Gospel Album for “Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album).”

Three Black Scholars Taking on New Positions at Colleges and Universities

Three Black Scholars Taking on New Positions at Colleges and Universities

Syd Carpenter was appointed to an endowed chair at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Tiffany Murphy, an associate professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law was named associate dean, and Oghenovo A. Obrimah is a new assistant professor of business administration at Fisk University in Nashville.

Vernell Bennett-Fairs Named the Thirteenth President of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Vernell Bennett-Fairs Named the Thirteenth President of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Since 2016, Dr. Bennett-Fairs has been serving as vice president for student affairs at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Earlier, she was vice president for student affairs at Kentucky State University.

Fisk University Partners With the American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Fisk University Partners With the American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Students from Fisk University will now be eligible for advanced admissions priority, an expedited application review, and grants/scholarships for those that attend the American University of Antigua for their medical education. 

A Sudden Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

A Sudden Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

Kevin D.  Rome Sr., president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, was placed on leave after a man filed a restraining order against him. The Fisk University board of trustees immediately appointed Vann Newkirk, provost at Fisk, as acting president.

In Memoriam: John Robert Lewis, 1940-2020

In Memoriam: John Robert Lewis, 1940-2020

Congressman Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders. He chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington in 1963. In 1965 he was beaten on the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Bloody Sunday.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

In Memoriam: Albert Nathaniel Whiting, 1917-2020

In Memoriam: Albert Nathaniel Whiting, 1917-2020

In 1966, Dr. Whiting was named the fourth president of what is now North Carolina Central University in Durham. He served the university for more than 15 years as president and chancellor.

In Memoriam: David Clyde Driskell, 1931-2020

In Memoriam: David Clyde Driskell, 1931-2020

In 1977, Driskell joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park. He taught there until his retirement in 1998. In 2001, the university established the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Positions

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Positions

Appointed to new posts are Myron L. Pope at the University of Alabama, Olabisi Ladeji Okubadejo at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Lisa McClinton at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Keith McGee at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and Bryant Nall at Fisk University in Nashville.

Fisk University Forms Partnership With Meharry Medical College

Fisk University Forms Partnership With Meharry Medical College

The partnership gives Fisk University students focused on a career as a physician or dentist a clearly specified pathway. Under the agreement, Fisk University undergraduate students who meet strict criteria will be admitted directly into medical or dental school at Meharry.

Professor Mildred Robinson Is Retiring After 47 Years of Teaching in Higher Education

Professor Mildred Robinson Is Retiring After 47 Years of Teaching in Higher Education

Mildred Robinson is the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Robinson, who specializes in tax law, was the law school’s first African American female tenured professor.

University of Memphis Creates Two Funds to Honor Frances and Benjamin Hooks

University of Memphis Creates Two Funds to Honor Frances and Benjamin Hooks

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has created two endowed funds which will enable the Institute to further the work of social change championed by Benjamin L. Hooks and his wife Frances Dancy Hooks, two stalwarts of the civil rights struggle.