Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Positions as Deans

Akinlolu O. Ojo was named executive dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he will oversee the Kansas City, Salina, and Wichita campuses for the School of Medicine. He will begin his new duties in August. Dr. Ojo is currently associate vice president for clinical research and global health initiatives and professor of medicine and health promotion sciences for the University of Arizona. He has clinical interests in chronic kidney disease, health disparities and kidney transplantation.

Dr. Ojo earned his medical degree at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He also holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology and an MBA from the University of Michigan

Robin Renee Davis has been named dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University in Richmond. She most recently served as an associate professor of management and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of South Carolina State University where she majored in business administration. She holds an MBA from Alabama A&M University and a Ph.D. in organization management from Capella University.

Linda Burton has been named dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves as a professor of sociology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. From 2014 to 2017, she served as dean of Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Science.

Dr. Burton holds a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in sociology all from the University of Southern California.


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