The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Lawrence Drake Appointed Interim President of Albany State University

Dr. Drake brings over 40 years of experience to his new role, having held leadership positions in both higher education and private sectors. He recently served as interim president of historically Black Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida.

University of Nebraska Medical Center Selects Dele Davies as Interim Chancellor

An expert in pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Davies joined UNMC in 2012. He has been serving as the medical center's senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies.

Catherine Edmonds Appointed Interim Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University

For the past two years, Dr. Edmonds has served as chief of staff at North Carolina Central University. She has extensive experience in North Carolina education, in both K-12 and university settings.

A Change in Leadership at Florida Memorial University

Jaffus Hardrick, president of Florida Memorial University, has stepped down from his role after five years in the position. Until a permanent successor is appointed, William C. McCormick, former university board chairman, will serve as interim president.

Research & Studies

Study Finds Women of Color Author a Disproportionate Share of Banned Books in American Schools

In the 2021-2022 academic year, school and libraries across the country experienced a significant spike in book bans. A new study has found a disproportionate share of these banned books are written by women of color and include characters from diverse backgrounds.

Study Reveals Racial Disparities in Use of Social Security Disability Insurance

According to the report, Black Americans are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to receive Social Security Disability Insurance, and spend roughly 40 percent more on medical care than White Americans.

Statistic of the Week

109,000
Number of Black men enrolled in postbaccalaureate programs in U.S. higher education in 2022
260,200
Number of Black women enrolled in postbaccalaureate programs in U.S. higher education in 2022

Source: U.S. Department of Education

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Quote of the Week

“Being overweight matters, having darker skin matters, having natural hair matters … and it shouldn’t. Black women candidates are faced with this standard of beauty that others don’t have to contend with.”

Jatia Wrighten, Ph.D.,

an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, commenting on the prospect of Kamala Harris winning the presidency, in the Virginia Mercury, 7-13-24

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Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

The Eutychus Phenomenon

Part of the Eutychus phenomenon is viewing those with diverse viewpoints in the room as fortunate, but not vital contributors. The narrative that affirmative action scours the earth looking for inept candidates to give them what mediocre White people rightfully deserve is oft repeated and sadly, embraced by many.

Three Black Presidents in Higher Education Announce Their Resignations

Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson, Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson, and Morehouse College President David Thomas have all announced their plans to step down from their respective presidential appointments.

Three African Americans Appointed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roles in Higher Education

The appointments to diversity positions are Tamara Clegg at the University of Maryland, Andrew Alvez at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and Kendriana Price at the University of Kentucky.

Study Finds Women of Color Author a Disproportionate Share of Banned Books in American Schools

In the 2021-2022 academic year, school and libraries across the country experienced a significant spike in book bans. A new study has found a disproportionate share of these banned books are written by women of color and include characters from diverse backgrounds.

Christopher Davis Appointed President of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Dr. Davis was appointed interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College last summer. Over the past year, he has led the college through a rebranding initiative, an increase in athletic programming, and improvements to campus infrastructure.

Study Reveals Racial Disparities in Use of Social Security Disability Insurance

According to the report, Black Americans are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to receive Social Security Disability Insurance, and spend roughly 40 percent more on medical care than White Americans.

Charles Gibbs Named Seventh President of Metropolitan College of New York

"I am excited to leverage my experience to lead MCNY into a future of growth and innovation," said Dr. Gibbs. "Together, we will create an environment where every student can achieve their highest potential and contribute meaningfully to society."

African American College Students Are More Likely to Mistrust Campus Police Than Their White Peers

Previous studies have found a significant share of Black adults do not trust the American criminal justice system. A new study from scholars at the University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia has found that Black students have a similar mistrust of campus police.

Miami Dade College Selects Alwyn Leiba to Lead Its Medical Campus

Dr. Leiba has been selected to serve as interim president of the medical campus at his alma mater, Miami Dade College. He has been a faculty member with the college since 2010, most recently serving as dean of the School of Health Sciences.

AI Teaching Assistants Are Coming to Morehouse College

The AI teaching assistant initiative aims to provide students with an office hours setting they can access at any time, even when their professor is unavailable. Over the next three to five years, Morehouse hopes to establish an AI teaching assistant for every professor at the college.

Five African American Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

The new faculty appointments are Judith Byfield at Cornell University, Nikki Hoskins at Harvard University, Edda Fields-Black at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Shawn Utsey at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wiley University Launches New Honors College for Fall 2024 Semester

The Heman Sweatt Honors College will provide students with access to a dedicated living community, specialized classes and research opportunities, faculty mentors, and financial aid for tuition, internships, and study abroad experiences.

Two Black Historians in Higher Education Receive Prestigious Dan David Prize

Keisha Blain of Brown University and Cécile Fromont of Harvard University have received 2024 Dan David Prizes for their outstanding achievements as academic historians.

City of Hope Partners with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine to Advance Diversity in Cancer Research

“By working together, City of Hope and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science aim to address health disparities and promote diversity in specialized medical fields, ultimately improving health care outcomes for the communities we serve," said David Carlisle, president of CDU.

Nine Black Leaders Selected for Administrative Positions 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. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

All in the Family

Nelson Mandela once stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon we have to change the world.” One family that has taken that sentiment to heart is the Millet family.

National Science Foundation Awards AI Research Grants to Four HBCUs

The National Science Foundation has awarded ExpandAI grants to Bowie State University, Savannah State University, Alabama A&M State University, and Clark Atlanta University. The funding aims to advance diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence research.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Five African American Academics Have Been Elected Members of the American Philosophical Society

The five African Americans elected members of the American Philosophical Society are Gerald Lyn Early of Washington University in St. Louis, Danny O. Jacobs of the Oregon Health and Science University, G. Gabrielle Starr president of Pomona College in California, Bryan Stevenson at New York University School of Law, and Deborah Willis of New York University.

Three Black Presidents in Higher Education Announce Their Resignations

The retiring presidents are Rochelle Ford from Dillard University, Logan Hampton from Lane College, and Belle Wheelan from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Institute of Museum and Library Services Awards $6 Million in Grants to African American Museums

Since its establishment in 2006, the Institute's African American museum grant program has awarded nearly $36 million to institutions across the country. This year, three grants were awarded to projects in higher education.

University of the District of Columbia Appoints Four Women to Key Administrative Positions

The University of the District of Columbia has appointed Taneka Miller, Maria Byrd, Ellen Jefferson, and LeKisha Jordan to administrative roles in community relations, innovation, human resources, and educational partnerships.

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Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

The Eutychus Phenomenon

Part of the Eutychus phenomenon is viewing those with diverse viewpoints in the room as fortunate, but not vital contributors. The narrative that affirmative action scours the earth looking for inept candidates to give them what mediocre White people rightfully deserve is oft repeated and sadly, embraced by many.

Three Black Presidents in Higher Education Announce Their Resignations

Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson, Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson, and Morehouse College President David Thomas have all announced their plans to step down from their respective presidential appointments.

Three African Americans Appointed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roles in Higher Education

The appointments to diversity positions are Tamara Clegg at the University of Maryland, Andrew Alvez at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and Kendriana Price at the University of Kentucky.

Study Finds Women of Color Author a Disproportionate Share of Banned Books in American Schools

In the 2021-2022 academic year, school and libraries across the country experienced a significant spike in book bans. A new study has found a disproportionate share of these banned books are written by women of color and include characters from diverse backgrounds.

Christopher Davis Appointed President of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis

Dr. Davis was appointed interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College last summer. Over the past year, he has led the college through a rebranding initiative, an increase in athletic programming, and improvements to campus infrastructure.

Study Reveals Racial Disparities in Use of Social Security Disability Insurance

According to the report, Black Americans are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to receive Social Security Disability Insurance, and spend roughly 40 percent more on medical care than White Americans.

Charles Gibbs Named Seventh President of Metropolitan College of New York

"I am excited to leverage my experience to lead MCNY into a future of growth and innovation," said Dr. Gibbs. "Together, we will create an environment where every student can achieve their highest potential and contribute meaningfully to society."

African American College Students Are More Likely to Mistrust Campus Police Than Their White Peers

Previous studies have found a significant share of Black adults do not trust the American criminal justice system. A new study from scholars at the University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia has found that Black students have a similar mistrust of campus police.

Miami Dade College Selects Alwyn Leiba to Lead Its Medical Campus

Dr. Leiba has been selected to serve as interim president of the medical campus at his alma mater, Miami Dade College. He has been a faculty member with the college since 2010, most recently serving as dean of the School of Health Sciences.

AI Teaching Assistants Are Coming to Morehouse College

The AI teaching assistant initiative aims to provide students with an office hours setting they can access at any time, even when their professor is unavailable. Over the next three to five years, Morehouse hopes to establish an AI teaching assistant for every professor at the college.

Five African American Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

The new faculty appointments are Judith Byfield at Cornell University, Nikki Hoskins at Harvard University, Edda Fields-Black at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Shawn Utsey at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wiley University Launches New Honors College for Fall 2024 Semester

The Heman Sweatt Honors College will provide students with access to a dedicated living community, specialized classes and research opportunities, faculty mentors, and financial aid for tuition, internships, and study abroad experiences.

Two Black Historians in Higher Education Receive Prestigious Dan David Prize

Keisha Blain of Brown University and Cécile Fromont of Harvard University have received 2024 Dan David Prizes for their outstanding achievements as academic historians.

City of Hope Partners with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine to Advance Diversity in Cancer Research

“By working together, City of Hope and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science aim to address health disparities and promote diversity in specialized medical fields, ultimately improving health care outcomes for the communities we serve," said David Carlisle, president of CDU.

Nine Black Leaders Selected for Administrative Positions 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. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

All in the Family

Nelson Mandela once stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon we have to change the world.” One family that has taken that sentiment to heart is the Millet family.

National Science Foundation Awards AI Research Grants to Four HBCUs

The National Science Foundation has awarded ExpandAI grants to Bowie State University, Savannah State University, Alabama A&M State University, and Clark Atlanta University. The funding aims to advance diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence research.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.