Four African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

Valerie Giddings, associate professor and chair of the department of family and consumer sciences in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University, has been given the added duties of interim senior vice provost.

Dr. Giddings holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clothing and textiles from Virginia Tech.

Collin Stultz, a practicing cardiologist and the Nina T. and Robert H. Rubin Professor in Medical Engineering and Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named co-director of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, and associate director of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science.

Dr. Stultz earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy, a Ph.D. in biophysics, and a medical doctorate, all from Harvard University.

Robin R. Davis was appointed associate provost of academic affairs and professor of management at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. She has been serving as dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at the university. Dr. Davis’ research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, business and economic development, cultural intelligence, and leadership.

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.

Giselle Armond Abron was appointed assistant professor and associate dean of admissions at the University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine. She joined the staff at the university in 2002 as university registrar.

Dr. Abron holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in technology education and a Ph.D. in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University.

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