Two African American Women Named to Dean Posts at Southern University at New Orleans

Southern University at New Orleans announced the appointment of two African American women to dean posts.

Evelyn B. Harrell was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She has served as interim dean since July 2016. Dr. Harrell is director of the Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention Program at the university. She first joined the faculty at the university in 1990.

Professor Harrell is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Rebecca Chaisson was named dean of the School of Social Work. Dr. Chaisson taught at Southern University at New Orleans from 1992 to 1999. After teaching stints at Louisiana State University and Tulane University, she returned to Southern University at New Orleans and was promoted to associate professor in 2015.

Dr. Chaisson is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in social work from Tulane University.

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