Two Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to University Provost Positions

Nosa O. Egiebor is the new provost and executive vice chancellor at Montana Technological University in Butte. The university enrolls just over 1,600 students. African Americans are just 1 percent of the undergraduate student body.

“I am delighted to join the Montana Tech family as provost and executive vice chancellor, especially at this opportune moment when the university is poised for truly transformational leadership and exceptional growth,” Dr. Egiebor said. “As provost, I intend to be fully engaged as an active member of the university leadership team, with a focus on ensuring that Montana Tech not only fulfills its mission as a special focus institution for the State of Montana but is also true to the strategic goals of fostering student success, developing academic programs of distinction and excellence, and building a healthy and vibrant campus community in a collaborative atmosphere that is fully supportive of our most valuable resource, namely; faculty, staff, and students.”

Dr. Egiebor is the former provost at the College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry of the State University of New York. Earlier in his career, he served on the faculty at Tuskegee University in Alabama for 18 years. Professor Egiebor is a graduate of the University of Benin in Africa. He holds a master’s degree in chemical and extractive metallurgy extraction from the University of Manchester in England and a Ph.D. in chemical/metallurgical engineering from Queens University in Ontario.

Toni Williams has been named provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Martin University in Indianapolis. Previously, she served as the director and chief academic officer for the University Heights Excel Center, an Indianapolis public charter school.

“As an educator in several states for the past 19 years, I have had the opportunity to work in different environments and learn from persons and organizations with major academic difficulties,” said Dr. Williams. “I bring this knowledge and experience, plus what I’ve learned as a volunteer in schools with a high population of socio-economically disadvantaged students, and want to make a difference at Martin University.”

Dr. Williams is a graduate of Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. She holds a master’s degree in English from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and a doctorate in educational leadership and management from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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