New Assignments at Universities for Five African American Scholars

Stephen Newby is the inaugural holder of the Lev H. Prichard III Chair in the Study of Black Worship in the School of Music at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. A member of the Seattle Pacific University faculty since 2004, his most recent positions include professor of music, director of composition, and director of the Center for Worship. Earlier, he served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in music education from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, Professor Newby received a master’s degree in jazz composition and arranging from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate of musical arts degree in composition from the University of Michigan.

Marcia Chatelain was named the Penn Presidential Compact Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Previously, she served on the faculty at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., for 12 years.

Dr. Chatelain is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she majored in journalism and religious studies. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American civilization from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Maureen Edobor was named an assistant professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. She will also be a core faculty member of the Delaney Center, an interdisciplinary academic hub that promotes teaching and research on race and Southern identity. Most recently, she was the policy director and counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus.

Professor Edobor is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned a juris doctorate at Washington and Lee University in 2017.

Rickey Oglesby was appointed assistant director of bands and an instructor in the department of music at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He was the assistant director of bands and percussion instructor at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida, from 2015 to 2023.

Oglesby earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and a master’s degree in music education from the University of North Florida.

Chileatha Wynn was named director of clinical education for the physician assistant program at North Carolina A&T State University. She most recently served as director of clinical education for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s physician assistant studies program. Earlier, she was an assistant professor at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

Dr. Wynn earned a doctorate in medical clinical sciences from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri.

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