Four Black Faculty Members Taking on New Academic Assignments

Dorinda Carter Andrews has been named chair of the department of teacher education at Michigan State University. She is the first African American woman to hold the position. Dr. Andrews currently serves as the associate dean for equity and inclusion for the College of Education and as an associate professor of race, culture, and equity.

Dr. Andrews is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she majored in industrial engineering. She holds a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from Harvard University.

Nkiru Nzegwu has been named a Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies at Binghamton University, a campus of the State University of New York System. She has been a Binghamton faculty member since 1990. Dr. Nzegwu is the author of Family Members: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Culture (State University of New York Press, 2006)

Dr. Nzegwu holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Enobong “Anna” Branch has been named vice chancellor for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She currently serves as associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and a professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Branch is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in biology. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Albany of the State University of New York System.

Sean K. Skeete was appointed chair of the ensemble department at the Berklee College of Music  in Boston. Professor Skeete has been teaching ensembles and drumming courses at the college for more than 15 years. He has been serving as interim chair of the ensemble department since 2017.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies, Skeete’s family came to the United States when he was 6 years old. Skeete is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.

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