Muriel Poston Named Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College

Muriel E. Poston was named dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. African Americans make up about 6 percent of the 1,110-member student body at Pitzer College.

Dr. Poston has been serving as division director for human resource development at the National Science Foundation. From 2005 t0 2011, she was dean of the faculty at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She then was acting vice president of academic affairs. Before going to Skidmore, she served on the faculty at Howard University in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years.

A plant biologist with an interest in environmental studies, Dr. Poston sits on the board of directors of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Maryland School of Law. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Related Articles


  1. Hi Muriel, you popped into my mind the other day so I googled you and found you here.

    You may not remember me but we went to elementary & high school in Danville and we were in girl scouts together.Congratulations on your appointment as dean.

    I am in academica as well. I teach at a private catholic university in New Jersey – Georgian Court University. Used to be an all girls school but we just went coed.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and it is wonderful to see a former school mate in academia as well.

    Warm regards, Cathrine

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Students at Three HBCUs in New Orleans to Participate in Power of Prosperity Initiative

The Power of Prosperity program will help remove barriers to students’ academic success by providing students and their families with free access to financial support and resources.

Yale University Scholar Wins Early Career Physics Award

Charles D. Brown II, an assistant professor of physics at Yale University, has been selected as the winner the Joseph A. Johnson Award for Excellence from the American Institute of Physics and the National Society of Black Physicists.

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Arthur Lumzy Jr. is the new director of student career preparedness at Texas A&M University–Commerce. Sandra L. Barnes was named associate provost for undergraduate education and student success at Alcorn State University in Mississippi and Roberto Campos-Marquetti has been appointed assistant vice president for staff and labor relations at Duke University.

North Carolina A&T State University to Debut New Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice

The university's criminal justice master’s and doctoral programs are designed to provide high-quality graduate education and training in criminal justice with the four areas of specialization: investigative science, digital forensics, research methodology, and social justice.

Featured Jobs