Myra Gordon is the associate provost for diversity at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She also serves as adviser to the Black Student Union and is chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week Committee.
Recently, she received another title: chief of the Nigerian village of Alayi. She is the only woman on the village’s Council of Chiefs. She was honored by the village’s king, Eze J.C. Eke for her work to establish a K-12 school in Dakar, Senegal, to promote higher education at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, and to end gender disparities. Dr. Gordon has visited Africa at least twice every year since 1987. A clinical psychologist, her research has focused on West African approaches to diagnosing and treating mental illness.
Dr. Gordon has been an administrator at Kansas State since 2002. Previously, she was an associate dean at Virginia Tech.
Chief Gordon is a graduate of Cornell University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.