Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Universities

Marla Love has been named the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She has been serving as interim dean of students since September 2020. Before coming to Cornell in 2017, Love was director of graduate and professional student affairs at Azusa Pacific University in California.

Dean Love received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from what is now Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2002 and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Michigan in 2003. She is is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education at Azusa Pacific University.

Asquith S. “Sean” Armstrong has been named dean of University College at Washington University in St. Louis, effective November 1. He has been serving as executive director for continuing education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida in 2006.

Dr. Armstrong earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He holds a master of public administration degree in public personnel management from Troy University in Alabama, and a doctorate in higher education and policy studies from the University of Central Florida.

Arlene J. Montgomery is the new interim dean of the School of Nursing at Hampton University in Virginia. She has served as interim dean on three other occasions. Dr. Montgomery served in the United States Army Reserve Nurse Corps rising to the rank of colonel.

Dr. Montgomery is a graduate of Hampton University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1979. She received a master’s degree in nursing with concentrations in education and administration from Hampton University in 1984. Later, she received a Ph.D. in urban studies with concentrations in education and health administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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