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In Memoriam: Frederick Charles Tillis, 1930-2020

In Memoriam: Frederick Charles Tillis, 1930-2020

Frederick C. Tillis was professor emeritus of music and former director of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His more than 100 compositions include works for piano and voice, orchestra and chorus, solo, and chamber music.

Two African American Woman Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Two African American Woman Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

Evelyn L. Ashley has been named dean of students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Henrietta Williams Pichon, an associate professor of educational leadership and administration, was appointed interim dean of the College of Education at New Mexico State University.

In Memoriam: Clara Isabel Adams, 1933-2020

In Memoriam: Clara Isabel Adams, 1933-2020

Clara Adams was a member of the faculty and an administrator at Morgan State University in Baltimore for nearly 60 years. She was also the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Massachusetts.

University of Massachusetts Names Its Fine Arts Center After a Former Chancellor

University of Massachusetts Names Its Fine Arts Center After a Former Chancellor

Dr. Randolph Bromery first came to the University of Massachusetts as a professor of geology in 1967. At the time he was one of only seven Black faculty members out of a total faculty of about 1,000. There were only 36 African American students on campus out of a total student body of 14,000.

Barbara Krauthamer Named Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts

Barbara Krauthamer Named Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts

Barbara Krauthamer, professor of history, dean of the graduate school and senior vice provost for interdisciplinary programs and innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been appointed as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Maria Ramirez at New York University, Ryan J. Davis at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Jamina Scippio-McFadden at the University of Massachusetts, Mary-Ann Ibeziako at Virginia Tech, and Shantay Bolton at Tulane University in New Orleans.

In Memoriam: Bill Wilson, 1940-2019

In Memoriam: Bill Wilson, 1940-2019

Bill Wilson was the first African American elected to the city council in St. Paul, Minnesota, founder of the Higher Ground Academy, and former administrator at the University of Minnesota.

The University of Minnesota's Historical Ties to Slavery

The University of Minnesota’s Historical Ties to Slavery

In 1856, the university was struggling financially and received a loan of nearly $15,000 from William Aiken Jr., who at one time owned more than 700 slaves in South Carolina. This money helped build one of the first campus buildings, Old Main.

In Memoriam: Tracie Gibson

In Memoriam: Tracie Gibson

Dr. Gibson joined the staff at the University of Massachusetts in 2017. Before coming to Amherst, Dr. Gibson served on the faculty at the University of Texas-Permian Basin and later at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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 African Americans Appointed to Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

Three African Americans Appointed to Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new teaching roles are LaTasha Moody-Love at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Billy R. Bennett at Bowie State University in Maryland, and Donna Hylton at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dorcas Davis Bowles to Serve as Provost at Clark Atlanta University

Dorcas Davis Bowles to Serve as Provost at Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Bowles served as provost at Clark Atlanta University from 2003 to 2008 and she served as dean of the university’s School of Social Work on three different occasions. Earlier in her career, Dr. Bowles was a professor and acting dean of the School of Social Work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

University of Massachusetts' New Fellows Program Aims to Boost Diversity in Its Graduate School

University of Massachusetts’ New Fellows Program Aims to Boost Diversity in Its Graduate School

The Spaulding-Smith STEM Fellowship Program is named for Major Franklin Spaulding, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, and Elizabeth Hight Smith, who in 1905, was the first woman to earn a graduate degree at the university.

Scholar Looks to Improve Data Science for Analyzing the Language Used by African Americans

Scholar Looks to Improve Data Science for Analyzing the Language Used by African Americans

Su Lin Blodgett’s research is focused on improving English language parsing tools relating to words, phrases, and alternate spellings used by millions of African Americans on social media.

New Administrative Appointments for Seven African Americans at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Appointments for Seven African Americans at Colleges and Universities

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.

The New President of Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts

The New President of Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts

For the past two years, Dr. Salomon-Fernandez has served as president of Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey. Earlier, she held several positions at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, including interim president.

University of Massachusetts Study Examines Workforce Diversity in Silicon Valley Firms

University of Massachusetts Study Examines Workforce Diversity in Silicon Valley Firms

The report found that on average, Black men make up less than 1.5 percent of employees in professional, managerial, and executive posts. Black women are rare in all professional, management and executive jobs. There are 10 firms with no Black women at all.

New Administrative Posts for 13 African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Posts for 13 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.

Notable Awards for Three African Americans

Notable Awards for Three African Americans

The honorees are Derron Wallace, an assistant professor at Brandeis University, Crystal A. George Mwangi, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, and Clyde Kennard, the first Black student to seek admission at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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.

The Andrew Brimmer Collection at Harvard Is Now Available for Scholarly Research

The Andrew Brimmer Collection at Harvard Is Now Available for Scholarly Research

Andrew F. Brimmer was a respected economist who was the first African American to serve as a governor of the Federal Reserve System. His massive archival collection of papers is now available for scholarly research at the library of Harvard Business School.

In Memoriam: Stephen W. Jefferson, 1950-2018

In Memoriam: Stephen W. Jefferson, 1950-2018

Dr. Jefferson taught at the University of Massachusetts from 1999 to 2013 and directed the undergraduate sport management program from 1999 to 2011.

University of Massachusetts Graduate School Launches Office of Inclusion and Engagement

University of Massachusetts Graduate School Launches Office of Inclusion and Engagement

The new office will develop initiatives designed to help students amplify the impact of their research, prepare for leadership positions, and broaden their career options. It will focus on recruitment, retention and success of graduate students from historically underrepresented populations.

Eight Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Eight Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to 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.

Natasha Trethewey Wins the $250,000 Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities

Natasha Trethewey Wins the $250,000 Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities

Natasha Trethewey, the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been selected to receive the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities. The award comes with an unrestricted $250,000 prize. She will be honored in Pittsburgh on October 18.

Seven Black Faculty Members in New Roles in Academia

Seven Black Faculty Members in New Roles in Academia

They are: Melissa C. Thomas Hunt at Vanderbilt, Charkarra Anderson Lewis at the University of Southern Mississippi, Talitha Washington at Howard, Charmaine Royal at Duke, Tara T. Green at UNC-Greensboro, Alwyn Leiba at Miami Dade College, and Enobong Branch at the University of Massachusetts.

A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

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.

The New Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The New Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jean King has been serving as vice provost for biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Dr. King is also a professor of psychiatry, radiology, and neurology and director of the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging.

Three African American Men in New University Administrative Posts

Three African American Men in New University Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative duties are Kevin McDonald at the University of Missouri, Johnny P. Tooson at the University of Massachusetts, and James A. Felton III at the State University of New York-Cortland.

Three African American Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

Three African American Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

The appointees are Byron P. McCrae at Davidson College in North Carolina, Barbara Krauthamer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Vernon Hurte at Iowa State University.

J. Keith Motley to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston

J. Keith Motley to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston

Dr. Motley’s resignation comes at a time when the university is experiencing declining enrollment and has accumulated $30 million in debt. Protesters held a rally in front of the State House on Beacon Hill in Boston in support of Dr. Motley.

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Names Its Next Chancellor

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Names Its Next Chancellor

Since 2010, Robert E. Johnson has been president of Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. When he takes office, he will become the first African American to lead the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth campus.

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.

Sharon Davies Named the Next Provost at Spelman College in Atlanta

Sharon Davies Named the Next Provost at Spelman College in Atlanta

In 2015, Professor Davies was named vice provost and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University. She has been on the faculty at the university’s Moritz College of Law for the past 22 years and holds the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties.

Two Black Scholars Given Additional Roles at Major Universities

Two Black Scholars Given Additional Roles at Major Universities

Harry J. Elam, a professor of humanities at Stanford, was named vice president for the arts at the university and Nefertiti Walker, an assistant professor of sports management will serve as director of diversity and inclusion for the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

Black Scholar Develops a Smartphone App to Estimate a User's Blood Alcohol Level

Black Scholar Develops a Smartphone App to Estimate a User’s Blood Alcohol Level

Emmanuel Agu, an associate professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, is developing AlcoGait, a smartphone app that can accurately predict a user’s level of intoxication by monitoring how he or she walks.