A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Universities

Reginald T. Braggs is the new assistant vice president and dean of students at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Most recently he served as the director of Central New York Partnerships and Enrollment and interim executive to the president at State University of New York in Oswego, New York. He began his career in higher education as an assistant professor at Prairie View A&M.

Dr. Braggs holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Prairie View A&M University. He earned an MBA from Texas Southern University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Trident University International

Nikesha Nesbitt was appointed interim dean of University College at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Dr. Nesbitt was associate dean of University College and the program director for nontraditional studies. She also was associate director of undergraduate studies. She began teaching at the university as a graduate assistant in English in 2006, then as a full-time instructor in the department of English and philosophy in 2008.

Dr. Nesbitt earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She holds a master’s degree in English and a doctorate in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.

Dale Wesson, associate vice president for research at Florida A&M University has been given the additional duties of interim dean for the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the university. Before joining Florida A&M in 2022, he was provost at Clark Atlanta University. Earlier, he served as vice president for research at both Virginia State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Dr. Wesson is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He holds a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

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