In Memoriam: Denise Michelle Chapman Montgomery, 1959-2020

Denise Montgomery, the founding dean of the College of Health Sciences at Alabama State University, died late last month. She was 60 years old.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Montgomery grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a Ph.D. in higher education at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Chapman started her professional career in 1987 as an assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences at Florida A&M University. From 1990 to 1998, Dr. Montgomery taught at Langston University in Oklahoma. She joined the faculty at Alabama State University in 1998 and served as dean of the College Health Sciences and chair of the physical therapy program. She retired due to health problems in 2012 and was named dean emerita. At that time, Alabama State renamed its Buskey Auditorium/Lecture Hall in her honor

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133 year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on

Porché Spence Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Ecology

Dr. Spence currently serves as an assistant professor of environmental studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Throughout her career, she has developed several educational programs geared towards introducing students of color to environmental science fields.

Featured Jobs