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The New Chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

The New Chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Bobby R. Phills, former dean and director of land grant programs at Florida A&M University, was named chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and dean of the university’s College of Agriculture.

Southern University in Louisiana to Implement Advanced Adaptive Technology Coursework

Southern University in Louisiana to Implement Advanced Adaptive Technology Coursework

The Advance Adaptive Technology platform uses 21st century learning technologies to deliver quality online instruction coursework that will be used in biology and history classes to assess the effectiveness of the learning environments to improve student-learning outcomes.

A New African American Dean at River Parishes Community College

A New African American Dean at River Parishes Community College

Walter T. Tillman Jr. was named dean of student services and enrollment management at River Parishes Community College in Gonzales, Louisiana. He is a former executive of the Southern University System.

The Tenth President of Grambling State University in Louisiana

The Tenth President of Grambling State University in Louisiana

Richard J. Gallot, Jr. is a former Louisiana state senator and state representative. He served three terms in the House and one term in the Senate. He did not seek reelection in 2015.

A Change in Leadership at the White House HBCU Initiative

A Change in Leadership at the White House HBCU Initiative

Ivory Toldson, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has resigned and will return to the faculty at Howard University. Kim Hunter Reed will now lead the office. She was a deputy undersecretary of education and former chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Haywood B. Joiner Jr. to Lead Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Haywood B. Joiner Jr. to Lead Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Dr. Joiner, who will become interim chancellor in late August, is chair of the department of allied health at the university. He has also been serving as interim chair of the department of business administration at the Alexandria campus.

Lisa Mims-Devezin Selected to Lead Southern University at New Orleans

Lisa Mims-Devezin Selected to Lead Southern University at New Orleans

Dr. Mims-Devezin has been serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the university since 2014. She joined the faculty at Southern University at New Orleans in 1993 as an assistant professor of biology.

African American Woman Named Deputy Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education

African American Woman Named Deputy Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education

Kim Hunter Reed, who has extensive teaching and administrative experience in Louisiana higher education, will be a member of the senior leadership team at the Department of Education that oversees higher education in the United States.

A Haunting Tour of the Southern University Campus

A Haunting Tour of the Southern University Campus

A journalism professor at Louisiana State University recently toured the campus of nearby Southern University, a historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge. He was shocked by what he found.

New Administrative Assignments for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Assignments for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

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.

Honors and Awards for Four African American Scholars

Honors and Awards for Four African American Scholars

The honorees are Harold Franklin, the first Black student at Auburn University, the late Ella Lee Kelley of Southern University, Patrick Hawkins of the College of Nursing at Michigan State University, and Keith Whitfield of Duke University.

Southern University's Slave Narrative Archives Are Now Available Online

Southern University’s Slave Narrative Archives Are Now Available Online

The archives are a series of letters and documents of interviews with slaves that focus on the thoughts of slaves about slave owners, abuse, clothing, religious life, superstitions and religion in their communities.

Ivory A. Toldson Named Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs

Ivory A. Toldson Named Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs

Prior to joining the staff at the White House, Dr. Toldson was an associate professor of education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Earlier he taught at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Good News! Enrollments Are Up at Some HBCUs

Good News! Enrollments Are Up at Some HBCUs

While some historically Black colleges and universities have seen significant enrollment declines in recent years, there has been good news on enrollments at many of the nation’s HBCUs.

A Welcome Spike in Enrollments at Southern University

A Welcome Spike in Enrollments at Southern University

Dr. Brandon Dumas, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has set in motion plans to recruit and retain more students. His efforts have begun to pay off.

Southern University to Issue iPads to All Incoming First-Year Students

Southern University to Issue iPads to All Incoming First-Year Students

The effort, which will begin next fall, is designed to greatly reduce the cost of textbooks for Southern University students. Students will be issued the devices which will be paid for through a fee attached to their tuition bill. Once the fee is paid in full, the student will own the device.

Jarvis Christian College Extends Its President's Contract for Five Years

Jarvis Christian College Extends Its President’s Contract for Five Years

The historically Black college, located east of Dallas in Hawkins, Texas, has extended the contract of President Lester C. Newman through June 2020. Dr. Newman became the 12th president of the college three years ago.

A Dozen African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A Dozen African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

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.

Only Half of the Law Schools at HBCUs Have a Majority of Blacks in Their Student Bodies

Only Half of the Law Schools at HBCUs Have a Majority of Blacks in Their Student Bodies

This brief snapshot of the six law schools at historically Black universities compares enrollments, selectivity, and bar passage rates.

In Memoriam: Ella Lee Kelley, 1948-2015

In Memoriam: Ella Lee Kelley, 1948-2015

Dr. Kelley joined the faculty at Southern University in 1983. She served as chair of the chemistry department at the university and most recently was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College.

State Legislature Acts to Boost Enrollments at Louisiana HBCUs

State Legislature Acts to Boost Enrollments at Louisiana HBCUs

The Louisiana legislature has passed legislation that lowers tuition for students from outside of Louisiana who want to attend four-year HBCUs in the state. Another bill will allow students who require remedial work to enroll at the HBCUs.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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.

The Southern University System Names Its Next President

The Southern University System Names Its Next President

Ray Belton was named president of the Southern University System. The new system president will also have the added duty as chancellor of the main campus of the Southern University System in Baton Rouge. He has been serving as chancellor of the Shreveport campus of the Southern University System.

In Memoriam: Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes, 1936-2015

In Memoriam: Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes, 1936-2015

She served as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and as chancellor of the Southern University System in Louisiana. Dr. Spikes was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics at Louisiana State University.

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Calvin Hill at Springfield College in Massachusetts, David Bowman at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Nicole Gibbs at North Carolina Central University in Durham, and John K. Pierre at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Six Men Named as Finalists to Lead the Southern University System

Six Men Named as Finalists to Lead the Southern University System

Six men have been selected as finalists for the position of president of the Southern University System and chancellor of its flagship campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Ronald Mason Jr. Named President of the University of the District of Columbia

Ronald Mason Jr. Named President of the University of the District of Columbia

Since 2010, Mason has served as president of the Southern University System. Earlier in his career, he was president of Jackson State University in Mississippi and served in several administrative posts at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Southern University Offers In-State Tuition to Some Out-of-State Students

Southern University Offers In-State Tuition to Some Out-of-State Students

To qualify, out-of-state students must achieve thresholds on the ACT or SAT and have a 2.7 high school grade point average. Out-of-state students would save more than $4,100 per semester if they qualify for in-state rates.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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.

Southern University Consolidates Top Two Executive Positions

Southern University Consolidates Top Two Executive Positions

The Southern University Board of Supervisors has announced that it is combining the position of system president with that of the chancellor’s post at the system’s main campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Malcolm Butler to Lead the Association for Science Teacher Education

Malcolm Butler to Lead the Association for Science Teacher Education

Malcolm B. Butler is an associate professor of science education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He will serve one year as president-elect and then become president of the association.

A Member of the Jena Six Graduates From College

A Member of the Jena Six Graduates From College

In 2006, Mychal Bell was charged with attempted murder after the beating of a white high school student in Jena, Louisiana. Last month he earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at Southern University.

Eight HBCUs Selected to Compete in the Honda Battle of the Bands

Eight HBCUs Selected to Compete in the Honda Battle of the Bands

The eight participating bands will receive a $20,000 grant and travel and lodging expenses for the bands in Atlanta will be provided by Honda. North Carolina A&T State University is the defending champion.

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Tanjala S. Purnell was named an assistant professor in the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins University and Ben O. Lukongo was appointed assistant professor of agricultural economics at Southern University.

Four African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Roles

Four African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Roles

Wanda Raby Spurlock was named vice president of the National Gerontological Nursing Association. Olivia Goodheart at Jackson State, Reyniolda Brown at Harris-Stowe State, and Nathan Haymar at Southern University are all taking on new roles.