Three African American Men Who Have Been Appointed to Provost Positions at Universities

Stevie Lawrence II has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, effective July 1. Dr. Lawrence comes to Lincoln from the Southern Regional Education Board, where he served as vice president for postsecondary education. Earlier, Dr. Lawrence was the founding dean of the University College at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

“I am extremely excited to join the Lincoln University family,” Dr. Lawrence said. “I am eager to engage with the very bright and talented students at Lincoln University, strengthening existing academic and support programs to enhance their overall experience at the university.”

Dr. Lawrence is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a master of public administration degree from North Carolina Central University and a Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Farrell J. Webb is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He was a provost administrative fellow and professor at California State University, Northridge. Earlier, he was dean of the College of Health and Human Development at the university.

“I am thrilled to be joining the University of the Incarnate Word,” Dr. Webb said. “I am looking forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, about maximizing our geographic distinctiveness, developing our potential for growth, enhancing our retention and graduation rates, strengthening our international reach, cultivating our relationships with our numerous community partners, reinforcing our commitment to life-long learning, and improving the life- chances of all those who are connected with our university community.”

Dr. Webb is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from California State University, Long Beach, a master’s degree in sociology from New York University, and a Ph.D. in family social science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Ricardo Phipps is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland. Earlier, Dr. Phipps was an associate professor of psychology, counseling, and behavioral health at Coppin State University in Baltimore, where he also served as department chair.

“I am honored to be welcomed into the SAU family,” said Dr. Phipps. “I am excited about continuing to learn about the institution’s rich history of excellence and empowerment. We will build upon this foundation to maintain strong momentum in fostering students ready to take on the 21st-century workforce and are prepared to be transformational leaders and advocate for justice in the global community.”

Dr. Phipps received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and history from Rice University in Houston. He earned a master of divinity degree from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Jackson State University in Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Mississippi.

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