Five Black Scholars Receive Dean Appointments

Carolyn Gentle-Genitty has been named the inaugural dean of the Butler University Founder’s College, a two-year program for historically underrepresented students. Currently, she serves as the assistant vice president for university academic policy and as a professor of social work at Indiana University.

Dr. Gentle-Genitty received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in social work from Indiana University.

Karen Thomas-Brown has been named dean of the College of Education at Washington State University. She currently serves as associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. Earlier in her career, she taught in the department of education at the University of Michigan Dearborn.

Dr. Thomas-Brown holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of West Indies.

Arwin D. Smallwood has been named dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at historically Black North Carolina Central University. He currently serves as professor and chair of the department of history and political science at historically Black North Carolina A&T State University.

Dr. Smallwood is a two-time graduate of North Carolina Central University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s degree in history. He holds a Ph.D. in early United States and African American history from Ohio State University.

Suzanne Burke Lehman has been named dean of the School of Nursing at St. Catherine University in Minnesota after serving as interim dean for the past year. She currently serves as an associate professor and assistant dean of undergraduate nursing.

Dr. Lehman is a three-time graduate of St. Catherine University where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing education, and doctor of nursing practice degree.

Stephanie Luster-Teasley Pass has been selected to serve as permanent dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. She has served as interim dean for the past two years. A faculty member for more than two decades, she served as vice provost for undergraduate education prior to her appointment as interim dean.

Dr. Luster-Teasley Pass is an alumna of North Carolina A&T State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Michigan State University.

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