Two African American Women Scholars Announce They Are Stepping Down

Phylicia Rashad will step down from her position as dean of the Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University in Washington, D.C. at the end of the current academic year. She has served as dean since July 2021. Earlier, she was the inaugural holder of the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre at Fordham University in New York. She also was the inaugural holder of the Toni Morrison Endowed Chair in Arts and Humanities at Howard University. An accomplished actor and stage director, Rashad is perhaps best known for her role as Claire Huxtable on the long-running television hit “The Cosby Show.”

Rashad holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University

Sonya Williams resigned as chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community College, after serving in the post for just one year. She was under contract through June 2025. A press release stated that she had resigned for personal reasons.

Before becoming chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community College, Dr. Williams served as vice president of education and chief academic officer at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Dr. Williams graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences and cell biology/neurosciences.

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