Two African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Historically Black Universities

Janet A. Guyden was appointed the interim dean of the Graduate School at Bowie State University in Maryland. For nine years, Dr. Guyden served as associate vice president for research and dean of the College of Professional Studies School of Graduate Studies and Research at Grambling State University in Louisiana. She also served as the interim dean of the College of Education at Florida A&M University and dean for admissions, recruitment, and financial aid at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.

“One of my goals is to provide leadership in evaluating the graduate school’s programs and processes to ensure the school is more successful,” said Dr. Guyden. “It’s important for me to listen, ask questions, and provide feedback on the evaluation as we strive to take the graduate school to the next level, particularly R-2 research status.”

Dr. Guydon earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She holds a master’s degree in counselor education from Worchester State University in Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Georgia State University.

Kareem Jordan has been named Dean of the College of Juvenile Justice at Prairie View A&M University, effective June 1, 2024. An experienced leader in higher education, Dr. Jordan currently serves as director of diversity & inclusion in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. Before this role, he served as graduate director in the department of justice, law, and criminology.

As a first-generation college student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jordan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Ph.D., all in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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