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University of Missouri Student Organization Honors 1923 Lynching Victim

University of Missouri Student Organization Honors 1923 Lynching Victim

In 1923, James T. Scott, who worked as a custodian at the University of Missouri in Columbia, was accused of raping the 14-year-old daughter of a White professor at the university. He was taken from jail and lynched. The rape victim later identified another man as her attacker.

University of Missouri Looks to Boost Black Faculty

University of Missouri Looks to Boost Black Faculty

Last fall students at the University of Missouri issued a set of demands calling for Black faculty to increase from 3 percent to 10 percent by 2018. The university has countered with a plan to raise “minority” faculty from 6.7 percent to 13.4 percent over the next four years.

New Academic Year, Same Old Racism: Part II

New Academic Year, Same Old Racism: Part II

Last week, JBHE reported on a series of racial incidents that occurred on college campuses across the country Unfortunately, more incidents have occurred in recent days.

Appointments of African Americans to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Appointments of African Americans to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of news of African Americans who have been appointed to administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Dr. Jones will also serve as a vice president for the three-campus University of Illinois system and as a tenured professor in the department of crop science in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. He has been serving as president of the University at Albany.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Gillian McKnight-Tutein at Front Range Community College in Colorado, Marshawn Wolley at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Barbara Exum at Virginia Commonwealth University, Xavier A. Cole at Marquette University, and Kevin McDonald at the University of Missouri.

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Hired to new administrative posts are Janel Marts Green at Dillard University in New Orleans, Alonda Williams at Bellevue College in Washington State, and Kevin McDonald at the University of Missouri System.

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.

University of Missouri Establishes Office for Civil Rights

University of Missouri Establishes Office for Civil Rights

The new office will centralize reports and investigations of all types of discrimination on the University of Missouri campus.

Three African American Faculty Members Taking on Added Responsibilities

Three African American Faculty Members Taking on Added Responsibilities

Taking on new duties are Jacquelyn Taylor at the Yale University School of Nursing, Barbara Krauthamer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and S. David Mitchell at the University of Missouri.

In Memoriam: Bill T. Ridgeway, 1926-2015

In Memoriam: Bill T. Ridgeway, 1926-2015

When Dr. Ridgeway joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in 1966, he was one of very few African Americans on the faculty. He taught at Eastern Illinois University for many years. retiring in the 1980s.

After Campus Protests, a Backlash of Racist Incidents Occur on College Campuses

After Campus Protests, a Backlash of Racist Incidents Occur on College Campuses

It comes as no surprise that in the aftermath of campus protests on issues dealing with race, there has been a backlash, with several race-related incidents occurring on campuses across the nation.

The Aftermath of a Historic Week at the University of Missouri

The Aftermath of a Historic Week at the University of Missouri

Black students emboldened by their success in forcing the resignation of system president Tim Wolfe, pressed on with demands. The university hired a diversity officer and announced other initiatives. But tensions remained high after threats against Black students were made on social media.

After Black Student Protests, President of the University of Missouri System Resigns

After Black Student Protests, President of the University of Missouri System Resigns

After a Black student went on a hunger strike and the University of Missouri football team refused to practice or play to protest a lack of inaction on several racial incidents, the system president and the Columbia campus chancellor resigned.

University of Missouri Announces Required Diversity Training After Racist Incidents

University of Missouri Announces Required Diversity Training After Racist Incidents

After two racial incidents on campus, the university’s chancellor called for an end to hate and announced mandatory training for faculty, staff, and all incoming students.

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

A new study, authored by researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, finds that both Black and White students at public schools with a higher percentage of Black teachers have the impression that discipline is more fair than at schools with a low number of Black faculty.

African American Scholar Named Dean at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

African American Scholar Named Dean at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Lawrence T. Potter Jr. was named the next dean of the College of Arts and Science at University of La Verne in California. African Americans make up 6 percent of the student body and Latinos are nearly half of all undergraduates at the university.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

The new appointees are Tamica Smith Jones, Tammara Durham, Cedric Gathings, Anthony L. Holloman, Geovette E. Washington, Bernadine M. Douglas, Donell Young, and Timothy Davis.

University of Missouri Study Finds Media Perpetuates Negative Stereotypes of Black Athletes

University of Missouri Study Finds Media Perpetuates Negative Stereotypes of Black Athletes

A new study conducted by Cynthia Frisby, an associate professor of strategic communication, found that 53 percent of all print and online media stories of Black athletes were negative, while only 27 percent of the stories about White athletes were negative.

In Memoriam: Elson S. Floyd (1956-2015)

In Memoriam: Elson S. Floyd (1956-2015)

Elson S. Floyd, president of Washington State University since 2007, has died from complications of colon cancer. Earlier this month he had taken a medical leave of absence. Dr. Floyd became the 10th president of Washington State University in May 2007.

Jessica Bailey to Lead Fort Valley State University

Jessica Bailey to Lead Fort Valley State University

Jessica Bailey will serve as acting president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia until July 1 when current president Ivelaw Griffith leaves office. On July 1, Dr. Bailey will become interim president of the university.

 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.

Many Black Women College Students Are Hesitant About Breastfeeding Their Future Children

Many Black Women College Students Are Hesitant About Breastfeeding Their Future Children

Dr. Urmeka Jefferson of the University of Missouri surveyed African American women college students on their attitudes toward breastfeeding and whether they intended to breastfeed their infants if and when they had children.

Honors for Two African American Educators

Honors for Two African American Educators

Urmeka Jefferson of the University of Missouri received an award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and Terence Hicks of Prairie View A&M University was honored by teacher’s education group.

Nathan Stephens to Direct Multicultural Initiatives at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Nathan Stephens to Direct Multicultural Initiatives at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Nathan Stephens is the new director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. For the past six years, he was the senior coordinator of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

University of Missouri Reports the Most Diverse Student Body in Its History

University of Missouri Reports the Most Diverse Student Body in Its History

There are 2,415 African American students on the Columbia campus this semester. They make up 7.1 percent of all students. It must be noted that much more needs to be done. Blacks make up about 12 percent of the college-age population in Missouri.

In Memoriam: Arvarh E. Strickland, 1930-2013

In Memoriam: Arvarh E. Strickland, 1930-2013

After teaching at Chicago State College, in 1969 he became a tenured professor of history at the University of Missouri, the first African American tenured professor in the university’s history.

Three Universities Working With Howard G. Buffett to Solve Hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa

Three Universities Working With Howard G. Buffett to Solve Hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers from Texas A&M University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Missouri will partner with the International Center for Wheat and Maize Improvement and Educational Concerns for Hunger.

Checking the Progress of Black Faculty at the University of Missouri

Checking the Progress of Black Faculty at the University of Missouri

The flagship campus of the University of Missouri at Columbia reports that in 2011 there were 51 Black faculty members on campus. This was one fewer than in 2006.

Most African American Males Lose Their HOPE Scholarships Due to a Lack of Academic Success

Most African American Males Lose Their HOPE Scholarships Due to a Lack of Academic Success

Research by Charles Menifield found that more than 50 percent of African American male students in Tennessee lost their HOPE scholarships due to subpar academic performance.

Research Finds Black Youth in Public Housing Are More Likely to Take Up Smoking

Research Finds Black Youth in Public Housing Are More Likely to Take Up Smoking

Research has found that African American youths who live in public housing projects are 2.3 times more likely to take up smoking than other African American adolescents.

In Memoriam: Norris Stevenson (1939-2012)

In Memoriam: Norris Stevenson (1939-2012)

He was the first Black player to receive at football scholarship at the University of Missouri. He coached track at the college level for 30 years.

Three Black Women Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

Three Black Women Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Barbara White of the University of Texas, Treva Lindsey of the University of Missouri, and Lonieta Cornwall of Shaw University.

University of Missouri Receives Replica of the MLK Memorial

University of Missouri Receives Replica of the MLK Memorial

The replica is a gift from alumnus Ty Christian who played a big role in raising money for the King Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Two Black Women Are Among the Five Finalists for Dean of the Law School at the University of Missouri

Two Black Women Are Among the Five Finalists for Dean of the Law School at the University of Missouri

Marcella David and Beverly Moran will visit the Columbia, Missouri, campus next month for interviews and public forums.

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

Here is this week’s personnel news on African Americans in higher education.