Monthly Archives: February 2014

Howard University Is Among the Colleges Sending the Most Graduates to the Peace Corps

Howard University was the only HBCU that made the list of the top 25 schools in three different enrollment-size categories that had the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2013.

David McKenzie Will Lead the New Veterinary Hospital at Tuskegee University

Dr. McKenzie, a native of Jamaica, is an associate professor of large animal medicine and surgery at the university's veterinary school. The new hospital is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Spelman College Debuts New Study Abroad Program

The historically Black educational institution for women has developed a new study abroad opportunity for its students in conjunction with the Council on International Education Exchange.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Names Three New Administrators

Mary E. Benjamin was named the inaugural vice chancellor for research. James B. Tyson was appointed vice chancellor for development/institutional advancement and Jacquelyn McCray is serving as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Puts a New Face on an Existing Program

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is repositioning its hotel and restaurant management program to broaden its focus. The program will now be known as hospitality and tourism management.

Honors for Two African American Scholars

Leo E. Morton, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Donald Mitchell Jr., assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are the honorees.

Tennessee State University Exhibits Paintings of Former Death Row Inmate

In 1985 Ndume Olatushani was convicted of the murder of a grocer in Memphis, Tennessee. At the time of the murder, he had never set foot in the state of Tennessee and was 300 miles away.

Two African Americans Named to High-Level Administrative Positions

Claude Clegg was appointed associate vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Indiana University and Harriet Frink Davis was named vice chancellor for institutional advancement at North Carolina Central University.

President of Philander Smith College Steps Down

After less than two years in office, Johnny Moore, president of Philander Smith College, a historically Black educational institution in Little Rock, Arkansas, has stepped down. Lloyd E. Hervey, a faculty member in the Division of Education, was named interim president.

Ole Miss Offers $25,000 Reward for Information on Who Vandalized James Meredith Statue

A noose and an old Georgia state flag containing the Confederate Stars & Bars was placed over the statue of James Meredith on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The two perpetrators were heard yelling racial slurs.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

Recent Books That May Be 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. Here are the latest selections.

New Silver Dollars Will Benefit the United Negro College Fund

The U.S. Mint is marketing a 2014 commemorative silver dollar coin on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From each sale, $10 will be donated to the UNCF.

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.

J. Preston Jones Named Dean of Business School at Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Jones has served as interim dean since 2012 and has been a member of the faculty for more than 20 years. Before joining NSU, he worked for 15 years at Johnson & Johnson Inc.

More than 5 Million African Americans Have a Four-Year College Degree

Some 21.7 percent of all African American adults have obtained at least a bachelor's degree. Blacks have made tremendous progress, but a significant racial gap remains.

Blacks Appear to Be Shut Out in Election of New Members to the National Academy of Engineering

From 2010 to 2013, JBHE research found that there was one Black engineer elected each year. This year, it appears that there are no new Black members.

A New African American Member of the Board of the Harvard Corporation

Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, has been elected to the board of the Harvard Corporation, the principal fiduciary governing authority of the nation’s oldest university.

The New Leader of West Virginia University Libraries

Jon E. Cawthorne was named dean of libraries at West Virginia University. He has been serving as the associate dean for public services and assessment at Florida State University Libraries.

Duke University Promotes a Two-Way African Exchange

Two years ago, Duke University launched its Africa Initiative to increase opportunities for faculty and students in Africa but also to "Africanize" its Durham campus.

The Honors Keep Coming for Natasha Trethewey

The Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta and poet laureate of the United States received the 2014 William Meredith Award for Poetry.

Wichita State University Acquires Photographic Collection of Gordon Parks

A native of Fort Scott, Kansas, Parks was a true renaissance man. In addition to his photography, he was a composer, musician, author, and filmmaker.

Harvard Pioneer Chosen for Induction Into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame

William Clarence Matthews, a member of the Class of 1905 at Harvard University, led the university's baseball team in batting for three straight seasons. In 1905 he batted .400 and stole 22 bases.

A New Home for the Armistad Murals at Talladega College

Talladega College in Alabama has announced that it has received a $1 million donation from Norma and William Harvey to establish a fund to construct the William R. Harvey Art Museum on campus.

University of Arkansas Little Rock Scholar Honored by Gallaudet University

Dr. Glenn Anderson is a 1982 graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., an educational institution for the deaf and hearing impaired. He was the first African American graduate of Galluadet to earn a doctorate.

Alabama State University Names Graduate School After Federal Judge

In 1991, Judge Harold Lloyd Murphy of the U.S. District Court, issued a 840-page decision that ruled that Alabama State University suffered from vestiges of racial segregation and ordered the state to correct the situation.

Four Black Faculty Members Take on New Roles

The faculty members taking on new assignments are Ibrahim Cisse at MIT, Mellonee V. Burnim at Indiana University, Creola Johnson at Ohio State University, and Brian Purnell at Bowdoin College.

Howard Taps the Brakes on the Rollout of Its Online Course Offerings

Howard University had hoped to debut 25 online courses over the next several years but now has decided to rollout its online programs more deliberately.

Honors for Two African American Scholars

David H. Jackson, a professor at Florida A&M University won an award from the American Historical Association and Angela Glover Blackwell was honored by Brandeis University.

Florida A&M University Student Newspaper Ends Print Run

The student newspaper at historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, has halted the production of its print edition. Occasional issues will be printed for graduation, homecoming, and other special events.

In Memoriam: Marva Odessa Lane Rudolph, 1949-2014

Marva Rudolph, associate vice chancellor and director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, died on February 6. She was 67 years old.

African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Jacqueline Faulkner is a new vice chancellor at Arkansas State University-Newport. Lori Baker-Lloyd joins the staff at Virginia Tech and Brian Jordan will lead the police department at Howard University.

The 2014 Class of HBCU All-Stars

The 75 students from undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at 62 different HBCUs are being honored for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

Recent Books That May Be 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. Here are the latest selections.

Southern University Chancellor Voted Out by Board

The board of supervisors at Southern University in Baton Rouge voted not to renew the contract of the university's chancellor James Llorens. His last day on the job will be June 30.

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