Five Black Leaders Appointed to Administrative Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of African American who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to

Andre Johnson Honored for Distinguished Service in Africana Communication

“I am indeed honored to receive this prestigious award named for a person who meant so much to the study of Communication," said Dr. Johnson. “My aim is to continue to serve and work in ways that not only highlight and center Africana communication but also to continue to build on the legacy of Dr. Orlando Taylor.”

Two African American Women Appointed to Deanships

Appointments include new leadership roles for Aherial Polite at Augusta Technical College in Georgia and TaKeia N. Anthony at Edward Waters College.

Florida State University Professor Scotty Barnhart Wins His Third Grammy Award

Scotty Barnhart, professor of jazz trumpet at Florida State University, secured his third career Grammy Award for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album,"

Four Black Professionals Appointed to Administrative Leadership Positions

Lydia Sermons, Robert Jackson, David Robinson-Morris, and Jonathan Miller are taking on new leadership roles at Howard University, Virginia Tech, Dartmouth College, and North Shore Community College, respectively.

United States Department of Agriculture Honors Ozzie Abaye for Excellence in Teaching

Ozzie Abaye, the Thomas B. Hutcheson Jr. Professor of Agronomy at Virginia Tech, has received with the 2023 Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Abaye states, "Teaching is not what I do for a living, but what I do to live."

A Trio of African Americans Appointed to Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Positions

Jeremi London was named the assistant provost of academic opportunity and belonging at Vanderbilt University. Pierre Morton has been appointed the vice president of the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at Pacific University Oregon. And Chloe Poston will be the next vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Davidson College.

University of Notre Dame Honors Maurice Cox With Henry Hope Reed Award

Maurice Cox has been named the 2024 laureate of the Henry Hope Reed Award at the University of Notre Dame for his dedication to education and public service.

Two Black Men Appointed to Administrative Roles

Ernest Pierre-Louis was promoted to associate director of the Black Male Initiative and financial operations at the City University of New York and Kevin D. Howell has been named the chief external affairs officer for the University of North Carolina Health and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Oscar Barton Wins Medal From the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Morgan State University professor and dean, Oscar Barton, is the first African American recipient of the Edwin F. Church Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. As part of the award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers will establish an endowed scholarship in his name at Morgan State University.

Three African Americans Appointed to Diversity Posts

Sharod L. Tomlinson, Ron Price, and Sheleta Camarda-Webb are taking on new diversity-focused leadership roles at three schools in the eastern United States.

Alicia Fontnette Appointed Executive Director of the National Council for Black Studies

The National Council for Black Studies has selected Alicia Fontnette as the organization's executive director. Dr. Fontnette is an assistant professor in the department of African studies at the University of Delaware, which will serve as the council's new headquarters.

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. Mediget Teshome is the new chief of breast surgery and director of breast health for the University of California, Los Angeles Health System and Professor Ezemenari Obasi was named vice president for research at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Arizona State University’s Colleen Jennings-Roggensack Honored for Promoting Broadway Theater

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, vice president for cultural affairs at Arizona State University and executive director of ASU Gammage, a multipurpose performing arts center on the campus of the university in Tempe, is the recipient of the 2023 Broadway League Leadership Award.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Jarmon DeSadier at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Robert Mitchell Jr. at Dillard University in New Orleans, Jessica Smith for the Relay Graduate School of Education, and John Thomas at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Three African American Faculty Members Appointed to New Positions

Cynthia Oliver has been named to a Gutgsell Endowed Chair at the University of Illinois. Najja Baptist was named director of African and African-American Studies Program in the history department at the University of Arkansas and associate professor BJ Arnett was appointed chair of the department of art and fashion at Clark Atlanta University.

UNLV’s Frank Rudy Cooper Honored by the Association of American Law Schools

The association's C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award honors a legal educator who has provided support, encouragement, and mentoring to colleagues, students, and aspiring educators, and has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching, and scholarship.

Three African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Wayne Martin is the new vice president of government affairs at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Taunita V. Stephenson was named the head of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for the division of recreation and intercollegiate athletics and wellness at the University of Pennsylvania, and Lynda Batiste was appointed senior vice president of finance and chief operating officer at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cato Laurencin Receives the John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award

The award, presented by the Houston Academy of Medicine, seeks to identify and recognize multi-accomplished physicians who have enriched the field of medicine with excellence and humaneness. Dr. Laurencin is a University Professor and former dean of the medical school at the University of Connecticut.

A Trio of African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles

The three Black scholars in new roles are Nikia A. Laurie at North Carolina Central University, Christopher Freeburg at the University of Illinois, and Dawn M. Turner at Oakwood University in Alabama.

Three African American Who Have Been Assigned to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Charlie W. Coleman, III is the new associate vice president of development at Texas Southern University in Houston. Shawnrece Campbell was named assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion at Northern Michigan University and Leroy Hamilton, Jr. was appointed assistant provost at Hampton University in Virginia.

Angela Mensah of the University of Arkansas Honored by the National Communication Association

Dr. Mensah was honored for her development of the service-learning designated course, "Communicating Body Image." Dr. Mensah's course aims to identify hidden assumptions about body image as it relates to the intersections of race, class, gender, and body image in America.

Universities Announce the Appointment of Three Black Scholars to New Positions

Professor Rosemarie Wesson was named associate vice chancellor and university vice provost for research at the City of New York. Charles E. Menifield was named a University Professor at Rutgers University–Newark and Sonya Grier was named to the Eminent Scholar Chair in Marketing at the Kogod School of Business of American University in Washington, D.C.

Lekelia Jenkins Named a Fellow of the International Science Council

Lekelia Jenkins, an associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, has been named a fellow of the International Science Council, the highest honor that can be conferred on an individual by the council.

Football Star Takes His Talents to the University of Kentucky College of Nursing

At Virginia Tech, Corey Moore was known for being one of the most intimidating defensive linemen in college football. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and played in the National Football League. Now Moore is the assistant dean of academic advising and student success at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.

Julius B. Fleming, Jr. Selected to Receive the Hooks National Book Award

Julius B. Fleming, Jr., assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, is the winner of the Hooks National Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.

De’Etra Young Received the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Teaching Award

Dr. Young is associate dean for academics and land-grant programs at Tennessee State University. The award recognizes excellence in agricultural sciences teaching and student engagement.

Frank X Walker Is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2023 Black Authors Matter...

The Black Authors Matter Children’s Book Awards were established to honor excellence in African American literature. A panel of award-winning and/or award-nominated authors evaluated more than 150 entries. Frank X Walker is the first African American writer to be named Kentucky Poet Laureate. He is a professor of English and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky.

Three Black Men in New Administrative Posts at State Universities

Nathan Cochran was appointed director of athletics at South Carolina State University. Nehemiah Yisrael was hired as director of procurement and property control at Morgan State University in Baltimore and Jermaine Rolle is the new director of athletics at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.

A Quartet of African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher...

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for this section, please send an email to

Belinda Edmondson Wins Book Award From the Modern Language Association

The Modern Language Association of America announced it is awarding its first annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for African Studies to Belinda Edmondson, Distinguished Professor in the departments of English and Africana studies at Rutgers University-Newark.

A Group of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs

The three Black scholars who have been appointed to named professorships are Karen Flynn at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ruth Blake at Yale University, and Baron Kelly at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher...

The three African Americans who have been appointed to diversity positions in higher education are Carl Lawson at the University of Pittsburgh, Sydney M. Savion at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and Sheryl R. Wilson at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas.

New Administrative Duties for Four African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative positions in higher education are Patrick Davis Sr. at the new BlueOval City campus of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson, Salena Gray Jegede at Spelman College in Atlanta, Marchon Jackson at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Wendy Thompson at Fisk University in Nashville.

University of Chicago’s Tina Post Wins Best Book Prize

Tina Post, an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago, recently received the Best Book Prize from the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

A Trio of African American Women Who Are Taking on New Diversity Roles in...

Virginia Tech's Menah Pratt was named chair-elect for the Council on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Professor Gwendolyn D. Pough has been given the added duties as associate dean of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at Syracuse University and Sekile M. Nzinga was appointed vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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