Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Kimberly White-Smith is the new dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. She was dean of the LaFetra College of Education at the University of La Verne in California. Earlier, Dr. White-Smith was associate dean of the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Dr. White-Smith is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a master’s degree at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. Dean White-Smith holds a doctorate in learning and instruction from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Ngonidzashe Munemo will be the next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, effective July 1. He was a professor of political science, chair of the Global Studies Program, and recently served as the interim vice president for institutional diversity, equity & inclusion. Dr. Munemo has been on the Williams College faculty since 2007. Professor Munemo is the author of Domestic Politics and Drought Relief in Africa: Explaining Choices (First Forum Press, 2012).

Dr. Munemo is a graduate of Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Columbia University.

Kimberly Griffin was appointed dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Griffin currently serves as professor and associate dean of graduate studies and faculty affairs for the College of Education. She joined the University of Maryland in 2012 as an associate professor in the department of counseling, higher education, and special education.

Dr. Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University. She earned a master’s degree in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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