Three Black Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

Mark Harden is the new dean of the Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He previously served as executive director of the Gospel Initiative in Littleton, Colorado, and as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college at Pillar College in Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Harden is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He holds a master’s degree in theological studies from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lisle, Illinois, and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Marygrove College in Detroit. Dean Harden earned a Ph.D. in family and child ecology at Michigan State University.

Marie-Carmel Chery is the new dean of the chapel and spiritual engagement at Voorhees University in Denmark, South Carolina. She will also serve as the vicar of St. Phillips Chapel. Reverend Chery will be an assistant professor of theological studies at the university.

A graduate of the Episcopal University of Haiti, Reverend Chery holds a bachelor’s degree in religious science and a diploma from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-au-Prince.

Tony Jean Dickerson was appointed dean of the School of Education at Martin University in Indianapolis. Previously, Dr. Dickerson served as the lead faculty member for the Teachers Prep Program at the university.

Dr. Dickerson holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She earned a master’s degree in education, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Central Missouri and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Kansas.

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