Ronald Johnson to Lead Tennessee State University for a One-Year Term

Dr. Johnson brings significant experience in HBCU leadership and academics to his new role. He recently served as interim president of Kentucky State University, and was president of Clark Atlanta University for three years.

Lawrence Drake Appointed Interim President of Albany State University

Dr. Drake brings over 40 years of experience to his new role, having held leadership positions in both higher education and private sectors. He recently served as interim president of historically Black Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Relieved of its Probationary Status, Cheyney University Reaffirms Accreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education placed the country's oldest historically Black university, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, on probation in November 2023. As of June 27, the university's accreditation as been reaffirmed.

Miles College Creates Unique HBCU Innovation and Research Center

“We are launching a collaborative that will improve economic outcomes by connecting and synergizing a unified community to attract and retain talent, champion workforce development, support researchers and founders, and drive economic empowerment,” said Erskine Faush, chief innovation and growth officer at Miles College.

Jackson State University and University of Mississippi Establish Accelerated Law Degree Program

"Access to the legal profession is crucial, especially for students from historically Black colleges and universities. Through programs like this, we are breaking down barriers and providing a clear, attainable path for our students to achieve their dreams," said Jackson State University president Marcus Thompson.

Higher Education Gifts or Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Three Black Men Selected for Leadership Roles at North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University has appointed Alyn Goodson, Ontario Wooden, and Avery Staley to administrative leadership positions.

Catherine Edmonds Appointed Interim Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University

For the past two years, Dr. Edmonds has served as chief of staff at North Carolina Central University. She has extensive experience in North Carolina education, in both K-12 and university settings.

A Change in Leadership at Florida Memorial University

Jaffus Hardrick, president of Florida Memorial University, has stepped down from his role after five years in the position. Until a permanent successor is appointed, William C. McCormick, former university board chairman, will serve as interim president.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Appoints Andrea Stewart as Interim Chancellor

"This institution holds a rich legacy of academic excellence and community impact, and I am committed to advancing its mission during this transitional period," said Dr. Andrea Stewart upon her appointment as interim chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

North Carolina A&T State University Establishes the Merck Biotechnology Learning Center

North Carolina A&T State University has partnered with Merck, a major pharmaceutical company, to establish the Merck Biotechnology Learning Center, which will provide students with advanced academic opportunities in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

Jackson State University Announces Loan Repayment Assistance Program for Teacher Education Majors

The program promises that if an eligible student's post-graduate income is less than $45,000, LRAP will assist with repaying federal, private, and parent PLUS loans. The university states that this unique initiative is the first of its kind at a historically Black college or university.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Provide Internship Opportunities for Alabama A&M Engineering Students

Through the partnership agreement, students studying engineering at Alabama A&M University will be provided with internship opportunities at the United States Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Six African Americans Selected for Administrative Positions at Universities

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 our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

Higher Education Gifts or Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Five HBCUs Receive Federal Funding to Expand Study Abroad Opportunities

Coppin State University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Livingstone College, and the University of the District of Columbia were awarded grants through the federal 2024 Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program.

James Martin II Named Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Martin brings decades of experiences in engineering research and academic leadership to his new role. He has been serving as the vice chancellor for STEM research and innovation at the University of Pittsburgh.

Walter Kimbrough Is the New Leader of Talladega College in Alabama

Dr. Kimbrough, widely respected for his dynamic leadership and innovative approach to education, has served in various influential roles in the higher education space, including president of Dillard University in New Orleans and Philander Smith College (now University) in Little Rock, Arkansas

Three Black Women Appointed Chief Academic Officers at HBCUs

The new chief academic officers are Angela Peters at Voorhees University in South Carolina, Denise Jones Gregory at Jackson State University in Mississippi, and April Massey at the University of the District of Columbia. All three women are alumnae of HBCUs with significant experience in HBCU leadership.

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133-year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on gettyimages.com.

Prairie View A&M University Establishes “Agletics” Program for Student-Athlete Nutrition Research

The "Agletics" initiative leverages agriculture and nutrition studies into direct support for the university's student athletes. The research program will provide undergraduate students in nutrition with the opportunity to study the effect of nutrition on enhancing athletic performance.

Five Black Leaders Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

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 our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

In Memoriam: Nathan Hare, 1933-2024

Dr. Hare was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s and was a strong advocate for equal educational opportunities for Black Americans. In 1968, he founded the country's first Black studies program at San Francisco State University.

Bonita Brown Named Fourteenth Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University

Earlier in her career, Bonita Brown served as an assistant attorney with Winston-Salem State University. On July 1, she will return to the historically Black university as its fourteenth chancellor.

Alcorn State University Announces Unique STEM-Focused MBA Degree Program

The new STEM-MBA program at Alcorn State, the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi, will prepare students to become business leaders in STEM industries through courses on foundational STEM and business concepts, as well as data analysis and strategic decision-making.

PNC Partners With Howard University to Empower Black Entrepreneurship

The Howard University and PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship aims to support and educate Black entrepreneurs from across the country. The collaborative initiative includes three other HBCU partners: Morgan State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Texas Southern University.

Saida Grundy Wins Race, Gender, and Class Book Award From the American Sociology Association

Dr. Grundy's book, Respectable: Politics and Paradox in Making the Morehouse Man, explores the culture and experiences of graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta, the country's only historically Black college for men.

Clark Atlanta University Relaunches Its Undergraduate Major in Music Education

In 2005, Clark Atlanta University discontinued its undergraduate major in music education. Nearly two decades later, the historically Black university has relaunched its music education program, aiming to prepare the next generation of music educations and advocates for the arts.

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

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 our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

Higher Education Gifts or Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

ECSU Chancellor Karrie Dixon Selected to Lead North Carolina Central University

Dr. Dixon has spent the past eight years as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. During her tenure, the university experienced significant growth in enrollment, funding, and employee morale.

Said Sewell Named Eleventh President of Morris College in South Carolina

Dr. Sewell is a three-time HBCU graduate with an extensive background in HBCU leadership, most recently serving as chief academic officer at the Atlanta University Center Consortium. He has held previous executive leadership roles with Morehouse College, Lincoln University, and Fort Valley State University.

Prairie View A&M University Selects Aashir Nasim for Senior Vice President and Provost

Dr. Nasim has spent the past 15 years with Virginia Commonwealth University, currently serving as vice president and senior advisor to the president, as well as a full professor of psychology and African American studies.

San Francisco Mayor Looks to Bring HBCU Satellite Campus to the City

The proposal, Black 2 San Francisco, is part of San Francisco Mayor London Breed's 30 by 30 initiative, aiming to bring 300,000 residents and students to the city by 2030.

State Audit Reveals Nearly $700,000 in Unallowable Purchases by Fayetteville State University Employees

According to the audit report, former employees from Fayetteville State University's Office of Strategic Communication (OSC) made purchases totaling $692,239 using university-issued cards that were unallowable and/or did not include the proper documentation.

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