Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, Maryland, has announced the names of four finalists to become the university’s first provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. The candidates have all visited campus in recent days for interviews and public presentations. Three of the four finalists are Black.
Gloria J. Gibson is a professor of communications studies at the University of Northern Iowa. She served as executive vice president and provost at the university until June of this year. Before joining the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, Dr. Gibson was a professor and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Arkansas State University. Earlier in her career, she taught at Indiana University in Bloomington. Professor Gibson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She earned a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University. Dr. Gibson is the co-author of Frame by Frame II: A Filmography of the African American Image, 1978-1994 (Indiana University Press, 1997).
Steve O. Michael is the interim executive director of the Association of Chief Academic Officers. He is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Before joining the staff at Arcadia University, Dr. Michael was vice provost and professor of education at Kent State University in Ohio. Dr. Michael holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Amadu Bello University in Nigeria. He earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Alberta in Canada.
Donald B. Pope-Davis is a professor of clinical psychology at DePaul University in Chicago and served as provost during the 2013-14 academic year. Previously, he served for 13 years on the faculty and in several administrative posts at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Pope-Davis is the co-author of three books: Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Assessment, Education and Training, and Supervision (Sage, 1996), The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender: Implications for Multicultural Counseling (Sage, 2001) and Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology (Sage, 2003). Dr. Pope-Davis is a graduate of Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He earned a doctorate in counseling psychology at Stanford University.