Two African Americans Appointed to University Dean Positions

Jamelle Sharpe is the new dean of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law. He has been serving as a professor at the law school. Professor Sharpe joined the school’s law faculty in 2008 and brings more than a decade of administrative leadership to the role, having served as the college’s senior associate dean for academic affairs.

“Fifteen years ago, I made the college my professional home because of its culture of intellectual rigor, inclusion, and public engagement,” Professor Sharpe said. “Today, I am honored to serve as its dean.”

Dean Sharpe earned a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from New York University. He holds a juris doctorate from Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.

Natasha Hutson has been appointed dean of University College at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Previously, she has served the university as chief of staff, assistant vice president for student development, and dean of students.

“I am thrilled to continue the work of Alcorn’s student success strategy as dean of University College,” Dr. Hutson said. “I look forward to working in partnership with the University College team, the academic units, and the campus community to support a positive student experience through holistic student development.”

Dr. Hutson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Valdosta State University in Georgia.

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