Vann R. Newkirk Selected as the Next President of Wilberforce University in Ohio

Dr. Newkirk has been serving as interim associate vice president at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville. Earlier, Dr. Newkirk was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fisk University in 2018 and became president in February 2021.

Steven Walker Will Be the New Leader of Bakersfield College in California

Watkin was hired by Bakersfield College nine years ago to build an outreach program in partnership with local area high schools. Most recently, he has served as associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at the Kern Community College District. In addition, Watkin has been pastor of the Church of God in Christ in Arvin, California, for the past 11 years.

Dwayne Smith Selected to Lead Southern Connecticut State University

Since 2020, Dr. Smith has served as campus CEO of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Earlier, he served as interim president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, following 13 years as that institution’s provost.

John Dozier Appointed the Twenty-First President of Columbia College in South Carolina

Dr. Dozier has been serving as community and equity officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before taking on that role in 2020, he was chief diversity officer and senior associate provost at the University of South Carolina and president of Kennedy-King College in Chicago.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed University Provosts

Dennis Mitchell has been named interim provost at Columbia University in New York City. Georita M. Frierson was selected to be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern Maine and Charles Isbell has been chosen to serve as provost at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ruth Ray Jackson Selected to Lead Langston University in Oklahoma

Dr. Jackson has been with Langston University since 2014 and currently serves as the vice president for academic affairs. She has held other leadership positions at the university including associate vice president for student success and dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Barbara Krauthamer Named Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Emory University...

Currently, Dr. Krauthamer is dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has served on the faculty there since 2008. She will begin her new duties on July 1.

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator Named Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara...

Dr. Orobater is currently president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, responsible for leading the inter-provincial mission of the Society of Jesus in the region. His scholarship focuses on ecclesiology — or the study of the church — as well as theological ethics, human rights, and human dignity, especially fuller participation of women in the life of the church.

George Timmons Selected to Serve as President of Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts

Since 2019, Dr. Timmons has been serving as provost and senior vice president of academic and student affairs at Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, New York. Earlier, he was dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, New York. He will beging his new duties in late June.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Jenelle Pitt-Parker has been appointed dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Adrian L. Mayse is the new dean of the Division of Business Administration at Talladega College in Alabama and Lisa A. Crooms-Robinson was appointed interim dean of the Howard University School of Law.

Edward Waters University Appoints Genyne Henry Boston as Provost

Prior to joining Edward Waters University, Dr. Boston served as associate provost for academic and faculty affairs at Florida A&M University and chief of staff to the provost at the university. Earlier, she served as the chair for the department of English at Florida A&M University.

Cynthia Bond Hopson Chosen to Lead Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Hopson has been serving as chief equity officer and assistant general secretary of the Black College Fund at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville. Earlier, she served on the faculty of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, Murray State University in Kentucky, and the University of Memphis. 

Alcorn State University in Mississippi Has Its Third Leader in Four Months

Tracy M. Cook is the new interim president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He took office on July 8, replacing Ontario S. Wooden who led the university as interim president since April 2023. Dr. Wooden replaced Felecia Nave in April. No reason was given for Dr. Nave's departure.

Shaw University President Resigns

After only 11 months on the job, Irma McClaurin abruptly resigned as president of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Classes at the university are scheduled to begin on Monday.

Marshall Fulbright III Named President of Monterey Peninsula College

Marshall Fulbright III was appointed superintendent and president of the Monterey Peninsula Community College District in California. Monterey Peninsula Community College enrolls just over 6,800...

A Change in Leadership at Alcorn State University in Mississippi

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi announced that Felecia Nave, who served as the 20th president of Alcorn State University since 2019, was no longer leading the educational institution. Provost Ontario S Wooden was named interim president.

JoAnne Epps Is the New Leader of Temple University in Philadelphia

Professor Epps joined the Temple faculty in 1985. She was named associate dean of academic affairs at the law school in 1989. She was promoted to full professor in 1994. In 2016, Epps was appointed provost at the university.

Historian Ben Vinson III Named the Eighteenth President of Howard University

Dr. Vinson comes to Howard after serving as provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to that, he served as dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Valerie Kinloch Named President of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte

In 2017, Dr. Kinloch was named the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Previously, she held positions as associate dean and professor at Ohio State University and taught at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Howard University College of Pharmacy Now Stands Alone

Howard University has announced the formation of a free standing College of Pharmacy. Previously, pharmacy programs were housed in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health.

Higher Education in the World’s Newest Nation

Last month the world's newest nation, Southern Sudan, declared its independence. Now efforts are underway to reestablish Juba University in the capital city of Southern Sudan as well as Upper Nile University in Malakal and Bahr el Ghazal University in Wau.

U.S. News Names Its Top HBCUs

Spelman is the highest-rated black college or university according to new national rankings.

Helen Giles-Gee Named New President of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Currently, president of Keene State University in New Hampshire, she will be the first woman president in the 191-year history of the University of the Sciences.

Duke University President Addresses the Issue of Race

Each year Richard H. Brodhead, president of Duke University, addresses the annual meeting of the university faculty. This year, he chose to discuss the issue of race and its impact on the Duke University community.

Calvin Johnson to Lead the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Dr. Johnson is the former dean of the College of Education at the university and served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for six years.

The New Leader of West Virginia State University

Brian Hemphill has been serving as vice president for student affairs at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Historically Black Central State University in Ohio Names a New President

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond is the former provost and vice president of academic affairs at Coppin State University in Baltimore.

Rudy Crew Will Be the New Education Czar in Oregon

An often controversial figure, he has led the public school systems in New York, Miami, Sacramento, and Tacoma.

Penn Creates Africana Studies Department

The new department will have 11 standing faculty members and will be chaired by Camille Z. Charles, a professor of sociology at Penn.

Former Associate Attorney General to Lead an Investigation of Roxbury Community College

The college has hired Wayne Budd, a litigator with the law firm Goodwin Proctor and a former associate attorney general of the United States, to conduct a sweeping investigation of all allegations of impropriety at the college.

The New Leader of the University of the District of Columbia Community College

Calvin Woodward, who holds two doctoral degrees, is the former head of Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut.

U.S. News Names Its Top HBCUs

The rankings are almost identical to last year's listing with Spelman, Howard, and Morehouse retaining the top spots.

Record African American Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

In a state where Blacks are 8 percent of the population, African Americans make up 11 percent of this year's entering class.

Kenoye Eke Is the New Provost at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Since 2010 he has served as vice president for institutional advancement at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

U.S. Education Department Awards $227.9 Million in Grants to 97 HBCUs

The five-year, Strengthening Historically Black College and Universities grants will be used for improving the physical plant at these institutions, strengthening their curriculum and academic resources, or to build endowments.

James Rosser Stepping Down as President of California State University-Los Angeles

Dr. Rosser has served as the sixth president of the university and professor of healthcare management since 1979.

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