Three African American Scholars Assume New Roles at Major Universities

Trina Jones was appointed the Jerome M. Culp Professor of Law at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. Professor Jones joined the faculty of Duke Law School in 1995, after practicing as a general litigator at what is now the Wilmer Hale law firm in Washington, D.C. From 2008-2011, she served as a founding member of the faculty at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

Professor Jones is a graduate of Cornell University, where she majored in government. She earned her law degree at the University of Michigan.

C. Fred Higgs III, the John and Ann Doerr Professor in Mechanical Engineering and the faculty director of the Center for Engineering Leadership at Rice University in Houston, Texas, has been given the added duties as vice provost for academic affairs at the university. Dr. Higgs joined the faculty at Rice in 2016 after teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was the director of the Particle Flow and Tribology Laboratory.

Dr. Higgs is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where he majored in mechanical engineering. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

James L. Moore III, Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center at Ohio State University, has been named vice provost for diversity and inclusion and the university’s chief diversity officer.

Dr. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree from Delaware State University. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


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