Elliott Dawes has been named the inaugural chief diversity officer for institutional equity and inclusion at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York, a campus of the State University of New York System. He will be based in the college’s New York City offices.
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A native of Haiti, Dr. Laraque-Arena has been serving as chair of the department of pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and as a professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
In 1991, Dr. Donald E. Wilson was named dean of medicine at the University of Maryland, the first African American dean of a predominantly White medical school. He was also was the first Black president of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Katherine Conway-Turner, provost at Hood College in Maryland, has been selected as the next president of Buffalo State University, a member of the State University of New York system. The appointment must still be approved by the SUNY board of trustees.
The State University of New York has entered into a partnership with the University of the West Indies to establish collaborative research projects and to facilitate faculty and student exchanges. The University of the West Indies has campuses in 16 countries in the Caribbean region.
The three African-American women earning promotions are Carmen Wigfall at Winston-Salem State University, Betty Roberts at Alcorn State University, and Lisa McKay at the State University of New York.
The board of trustees of the State University of New York has renewed authorization of a program that offers state resident tuition for students from Haiti through the spring semester of 2014.
For the past eight years, Dr. Jones has been the senior vice president for academic administration for the University of Minnesota system.