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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.

Mark Brown to Be the First Alumnus to Serve as President of Tuskegee University in Alabama

On July 1, Dr. Mark Brown will assume the presidency of his undergraduate alma mater, Tuskegee University in Alabama, making him the first alumnus to serve in the position. He currently serves as the inaugural president and CEO of the Student Freedom Initiative.

Baylor University Breaks Ground on New Memorial to Enslaved Persons

The new Memorial to Enslaved Persons will recognize the enslaved people who were instrumental in building the original Baylor University campus in Independence, Texas.

A Trio of African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties at Universities

Curtis Reynolds will join Baylor University as vice president of business and finance and chief financial officer. Shauna Harris was appointed director of the Carolina Women's Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Daren Hubbard will become vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Princeton University.

New Assignments at Universities for Five African American Scholars

Taking on new roles are Stephen Newby in the School of Music at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Marcia Chatelain at the University of Pennsylvania, Maureen Edobor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, Rickey Oglesby at Tuskegee University in Alabama, and Chileatha Wynn in the physician assistant program at North Carolina A&T State University.

A Quartet of African American Women Who Have Been Named to University Administrative Positions

Taking on new jobs as university administrators are Anjerrika Bean at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Karen Elizabeth Bussey at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, Torie A. Johnson at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Ivana Rich at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Baylor University Takes Steps to Confront Its Past Ties to Slavery

The board of regents of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has decided to remove a statue of former president and slave owner Rufus Burleson from the quadrangle that has borne his name. Burleson was also a colonel in the Confederate Army.

Baylor University Opens Its New Black Gospel Archive & Listening Center

The centerpiece of the Black Gospel Archive & Listening Center is a sound isolation pod, which features high-end audio equipment and a full keyboard for researchers who want to play along with sheet music or recordings from the collection.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts 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.

Baylor University Issues a Report on Its Founders’ Ties to Slavery and the Confederacy

First and foremost, the report stated that the institution will continue to be known as Baylor University and the statue of namesake Judge R.E.B. Baylor will maintain in its current location on Founders Mall, despite the fact that he enslaved people.

Baylor University Honors Its First Black Graduate Student in Religion

The department of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has named a graduate student scholarship program in honor of Robert L. Gilbert, the first Black student to receive an undergraduate degree at Baylor University and the first Black graduate student in religion.

Michael L. McFrazier to Lead the College of Education at Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Dr. McFrazier began his professional career as a public-school teacher and administrator in the Waco Independent School District. He joined the faculty at Prairie View A&M in 1998.

New Administrative Roles for Five African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are P. Brandon Johnson at the University of Texas at Dallas, Iika McCarter at the Mississippi University for Women, Darryl Jones at Hudson County Community College, Romona West at the University of Arkansas, and Brice Yates at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Research Documents a Significant Lack of Racial Diversity in Cancer Clinical Trials

"Our findings show that the science might not be applicable to the population that’s going to receive the medications," said the study’s lead author, Dr. Jonathan Loree.

Baylor University Is Now Collecting and Preserving Sermons From Black Civil Rights Era Preachers

The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, was established to identify, acquire, preserve, record, and catalogue gospel music. Now the project is branching out to find and preserve recorded sermons of Black preachers.

Jaffus Hardrick Appointed President of Florida Memorial University

Dr. Hardrick has been serving as interim president of Florida Memorial University since July 2018. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hardrick served for 10 years at Florida International University as vice provost for access and success and as vice president of human resources.

Baylor University Sorority Facing Sanctions After Posting Racist Video on Instagram

The Pi Beta Phi sorority at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, is facing multiple sanctions after members of the organization were seen in a racist video posted on Instagram. The song contains the use of a racial slur at least 11 times.

Study Finds That the Presence of Chief Diversity Officers Does Not Improve Faculty Diversity

After examining hiring date from 2001 to 2016 at major research universities, the authors concluded that even though there has been significant progress made in faculty diversity since 2001, the presence of a chief diversity officer does not appear to be a significant contributor to this progress.

Jaffus Hardrick to Lead Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens

Dr. Hardrick will be the third person to serve as interim president of Florida Memorial University since August 2017 when Roslyn Artis left to become president of Benedict College in South Carolina.

America’s Churches Are Becoming More Racially Integrated, But Have a Long Way to Go

A study by scholars at Baylor University and North Park University, finds that the percentage of multiracial church congregations in the United States nearly doubled between 1998 and 2012. Yet, one third of all congregations still were composed of worshipers from a single race or ethnic group.

Baylor University Is Preserving the Recordings of the Golden Age of Black Gospel

These early Black gospel recordings - containing valuable history and culture - are rapidly disappearing. The Baylor University project seeks to preserve as many as these recording as possible in digital format.

Study Finds Racial Integration of Churches Will Do Little to Change Attitudes

A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, finds that in congregations that have made an effort to foster racial integration, neighbors who are people of other races have more impact on Whites’ friendship networks and attitudes than do members of their congregations.

Voters Don’t Punish Elected School Board Members for Low Black Student Academic Achievement

A new study finds that voters are likely to punish elected school board members when the academic achievement of White students in their district is not up to expectations. But they found no similar effect when Black student achievement lagged expectations.

White Supremacists on College Campuses Emboldened by Trump Victory

There has been a rash of racial incidents on college campuses in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election to the presidency.

Why Churches Remain the Most Racially Segregated Institutions in America

A new study led by a sociologist at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has found that church congregations that make an effort to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of their membership tend to lose more members than they gain.

Documentary Prepared by Baylor University Students Examines a 1916 Lynching

After Jesse Washington, a Black teenager, was sentenced to death for the raping and killing of his boss's wife, he was dragged out of Waco, Texas, courtroom and lynched in front of more than 10,000 spectators.

Death by Cop: New University Study Tabulates the Data

A new study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University and the Baylor College of Medicine found that between 1999 and 2013, 5,511 people were killed by law enforcement officers in the line of duty.

Racial Views of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Come to Resemble the Opinions of Whites

According to a new study by researchers at three leading universities, explanations for inequality among members of multiracial church congregations become more similar across groups, coming to resemble the views of the Whites.

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the University of Southern California finds that people in churches with congregations of more than 2,000 tend to believe that racial inequality is not due to discrimination.

Black Physician at the University of Alabama Birmingham Leading Major Research Project

Alan Tita, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is leading research into the potential benefits and harms of pharmacologic treatment directed at mild chronic hypertenion during pregnancy.

Baylor University Archive of Black Gospel Music to Be Housed at the Smithsonian Museum

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has announced that its Black Gospel Music Restoration Project will become a permanent feature of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Inaction by Policymakers Adds to the Black-White Educational Achievement Gap

The study examined efforts by state policymakers to address issues of teacher quality, which has been shown to be a critical factor in improving test scores of Black and minority students. The authors found that only when White students test scores start to decline do state legislators take notice.

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