Winston-Salem State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, has announced a reorganization of its academic units. Under the new plan, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education and Human Performance will be consolidated into the College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education.
A statement by Donald J. Reaves, chancellor of the university, said that “the impetus for the formation of The College is the firm belief among the leadership of the university that the best educated students of the future will be those whose education is grounded in the liberal arts. Regardless of students’ major, an exposure to the liberal arts, we believe, will enhance tremendously the ability of students to integrate their professional training with both traditional and contemporary modes of thought.”
The new College will be led by Dean Corey D. B. Walker. Since July 2013, he has been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Social Sciences at Winston-Salem State. Previously, he was an associate professor and chair of the department of Africana studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Professor Walker is a graduate of Norfolk State University in Virginia. He holds master’s degrees from Virginia Union University in Richmond and Harvard University. Dr. Walker earned a Ph.D. in American studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is the author of A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America (University of Illinois Press, 2008).