Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed University Provosts

Dennis Mitchell has been named interim provost at Columbia University in New York City. He will assume his new duties on July 1. Dr. Mitchell is the executive vice president for university life and will continue to serve in that role. A professor of dental medicine, Dr. Mitchell joined the university’s faculty in 1991.

Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in biology. He holds a master’s degree in health services management from Columbia University and a doctor of dental medicine degree from Howard University.

Georita M. Frierson was selected to be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She will take office on June 1. Dr. Frierson most recently served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Earlier, she served as interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education at D’Youville University in Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Frierson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hampton University in Virginia. She earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Ohio State University.

Charles Isbell has been chosen to serve as provost at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is dean and and holds the John P. Imlay Chair of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Isbell joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2002. He is an expert on machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Isbell is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he majored in computer science. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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