Three African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Lynette Luckers is the new dean of counseling and completion services at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania. Her most recent position was acting department head of the counseling department at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Dr. Luckers earned a master’s degree in counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership studies from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Debbie G. Thomas has been appointed dean of the College of Education at Grambling State University in Louisiana. Most recently, she served briefly as vice chancellor for learning and instruction at Arkansas State University Mid-South. Prior to that, she served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Kentucky State University.

Dr. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She completed her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Tawana Parks was appointed the Martha A. Darling Dean of Students at Reed College in Portland. Oregon. She was the assistant dean of students at the University of California, Merced. Earlier, she served on the staff at the University of Michigan-Flint for more than two decades.

Parks is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in physics. Parks holds master’s degrees in applied physics and science education.

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