Two High-Ranking Black Academics Announce Their Retirements

CannadayBilly K. Cannaday Jr., dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia, has announced that he will retire on September 1. He has served as dean since October 2008. Earlier in his career, Dr. Cannaday was the chief executive officer for the Virginia Department of Education.

Dr. Cannaday holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in education administration from Virginia Tech. He also earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Hampton University in Virginia.

Amelia Ross-Hammond, a professor and director of service-learning and civic engagement at Norfolk State University in Virginia, has retired from the university. She will continue to serve as a member of the Virgina Beach City Council.

A native of Liberia, Dr. Ross Hammond came to the United States in 1980. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in New York and a master’s degree in music education from The College of New Jersey. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction and ethnomusicology from the University of Denver.

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