Two Universities Announced the Appointment of African American Deans

Sandra Miles will be the next dean of students and vice provost for student affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will begin her new job on August 1. Since 2016, Dr. Miles has been serving as dean of students at Indiana University/Purdue University Columbus in Columbus, Indiana. She joined the staff there in 2011.

Dr. Miles holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Florida State University.

Camelia Moses Okpodu was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She has been serving as a professor of biology and director of the Group for Microgravity and Environmental Biology at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Earlier in her career, she taught at Hampton University in Virginia and Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.

Dr. Okpodu holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in plant physiology and biochemistry from North Carolina State University.

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