A Trio of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Roles

Reginald Ellis was appointed an inaugural Provost Professor at Florida A&M University. In this role, he will serve as chief liaison and strategist to the university provost who will develop collaborative partnerships with university leaders on programs and projects that impact the local community. Dr. Ellis, an associate professor of history and African American studies, has taught at the university for more than 15 years.

Dr. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree in African American studies and a master’s degree in U.S. history from Florida A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis.

Mediget Teshome is the new chief of breast surgery and director of breast health for the University of California, Los Angeles Health System. Before joining UCLA, Dr. Teshome was an associate professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the department of breast surgical oncology.

After completing her undergraduate education at UCLA, Dr. Teshome earned her medical degree from University of Michigan. Additionally, she earned a master of public health degree at Harvard University.

Ezemenari Obasi was named vice president for research at Wayne State University in Detroit. He has been serving as a professor of counseling psychology and the associate vice president for research administration at the University of Houston. Also, he was the founder and director of the university’s HEALTH Research Institute. Prior to his appointment at the University of Houston, Dr. Obasi was a researcher and a tenured faculty member at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Obasi is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where he majored in physics. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Ohio State University.

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