A Trio of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at State Universities

Antwon Woods will be the next dean of the School of Business at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Previously, he served as the assistant to the president for special initiatives, associate dean of the School of Business, and associate professor of business and sports management at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the co-editor of Examining Student Retention and Engagement Strategies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (IGI Global, 2018).

Dr. Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University. He also earned an MBA from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in sport management from Middle Tennessee State University.

Abimbola O. Asojo will be the second dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, effective August 2. Dr. Asojo has served for the past 12 years at the University of Minnesota, where she held the positions of associate dean for faculty at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a professor of interior design in the School of Architecture of the College of Design. Her work focuses on cross-cultural design, architectural lighting design, African architecture, computing and design, global issues, sustainable design, and K-12 spaces.

Dr. Asojo received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. She earned a master’s degree in architecture and computing design from the University of East London in England and a Ph.D. in instructional psychology and technology, anthropology, and history from the University of Oklahoma.

Teresa Mastin, chair of the department of advertising and public relations in the College of Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, will serve as interim dean of the College of Communication Arts and Science. From 2015 to 2018, she was director of diversity and inclusion at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dr. Mastin holds a Ph.D. in mass media from Michigan State University.


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