New Dean Appointments for Six African American Leaders

Matthew Miles has been named dean of students at the Mississippi University for Women. He comes to his new role from South Louisiana Community College, where he served as the interim manager for student organizations and engagement activities. He previously worked in the Office of Residential Life at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Miles holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Northwestern State University in Louisiana.

Daniel Abebe has been named dean of the Columbia Law School and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law at Columbia University in New York. He currently serves as the vice provost for academic affairs and the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Abebe holds a bachelor’s degree from Maryville University in Missouri and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

Jonathan Williams has been named vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Pomona College in California. Most recently, he served as associate vice president of undergraduate admissions, precollege access, and pathways at New York University. He previously held admissions roles with Oberlin College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Dartmouth College.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master of education degree from the University of Maryland. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration from New York University.

Gwendolyn H. Everett has been selected to serve as interim dean of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. She currently serves as associate dean for faculty affairs within the college. During her tenure with Howard University, she has served in roles such director of the Howard University Gallery of Art, chair of the department of art, and co-director of the Chair Leadership Academy.

Dr. Everett is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in studio art. She holds a master’s degree in art history from Howard University and a doctorate in education from George Mason University in Virginia.

Tobias R. Morgan has been named chief student affairs officer and dean of students at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Throughout his career, he has held several student affairs leadership positions with multiple HBCUs, including Kentucky State University, Tennessee State University, Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Morgan is a graduate of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in sociology. He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from American Intercontinental University and a Ph.D. in higher education leadership from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Alma Littles has been promoted from interim dean to permanent dean of the College of Medicine at Florida State University. Prior to her interim appointment, she served as the college’s senior associate dean for medical education and academic affairs for nearly two decades. Earlier in her tenure, she served as chair of the department of family medicine and rural health.

Dr. Littles received her medical degree from the University of Florida.

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