Renita W. Marshall, professor of animal science and chair of the department of agriculture sciences at Southern Univerity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been given the added duties of vice-chancellor for academic and student services at the university’s Ag Center and associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Dr. Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Southern University. She holds a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University in Alabama.
André J. Thomas was named visiting professor of choral conducting and interim conductor of Yale Camerata for the 2020-21 season at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. Most recently, Dr. Thomas completed a 35-year tenure as the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, director of choral activities and professor of music education at Florida State University.
Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where he majored in music. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from Northwestern University and a doctorate in music from the University of Illinois.
Chassidy Bozeman was appointed a Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Her research is focused on graph theory and linear algebra.
Dr. Bozeman is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Iowa State University. She is the third African American woman to earn a doctorate in mathematics at Iowa State.
Akinwumi Ogundiran, a professor in the departments of Africana studies, anthropology and history, was appointed a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of North Carolin at Charlotte. He chaired the Africana studies department at the university from 2008 to 2018. Dr. Ogundiran is editor-in-chief of the African Archaeological Review and the co-author of Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa: Archaeological Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Professor Ogundiran is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a Ph.D. from Boston University.