In Memoriam: June Jackson Christmas, 1924-2023

A longtime clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, Dr. Christmas also taught behavioral science at the City University of New York School of Medicine and was a professor of mental health policy at the Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

In Memoriam: John Louis Flateau, 1950-2023

Dr. Flateau served as a professor and chair of the department of public administration at Medgar Evers College. He was also the director of the Dubois Bunche Center for Public Policy. He was also the former dean of the college’s School of Business.

A Trio of Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles at Universities

The City College of New York has appointed Jervette R. Ward as director of the Black Studies Program. Scotti Branton is a new assistant professor of communication at the University of Arkansas, and professor Danille Taylor was appointed director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum.

Berenecea Johnson Eanes Will Be the Next President of California State University, Los Angeles

Since 2020, Dr. Eanes has served as president of York College of the City University of New York. She served as vice president for student affairs at California State University, Fullerton from 2012 to 2019. She will begin her new job in January.

Colleen Simpson Appointed President of Front Range Community College in Colorado

Dr. Simpson has been serving as vice president of student services and Regional Learning Centers at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Earlier, she served as the administrator overseeing retention and student success at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York.

Gilda Barabino Selected to Lead the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Gilda Barabino is the president of the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. She was the first African American woman admitted to the graduate program in chemical engineering at Rice University. In 1986, she was the fifth African American woman in the nation to obtain a doctorate in chemical engineering.

Lori Martin Named Sternberg Honors Professor at Louisiana State University

Dr. Martin is a professor of sociology and a professor of African and African American studies. Dr. Martin joined the faculty at Louisiana State University in 2013, after teaching at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.

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.

In Memoriam: Leith Patricia Mullings, 1945-2020

After teaching for six years at Columbia University, Dr. Mullings joined the faculty at the City University of New York in 1983. There she eventually became a distinguished professor of anthropology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

New CUNY Program to Help Minority Entrepreneurs Learn Emerging Technologies

The City University of New York has announced the creation of an emerging technology mentorship program that targets 250 small businesses owned by veterans, minorities, and women throughout New York City.

Brown University Dean Andrew Campbell to Lead the Council of Graduate Schools

Andrew G. Campbell is the dean of the Graduate School at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Also, Dr. Campbell is a professor of medical science whose research focuses on microbial diseases. He has taught at Brown University since 1994.

Berenecea Johnson Eanes Is the New Leader of York College of the City University of New York

Dr. Eanes has been serving as vice president for the Division of Student Affairs at California State University, Fullerton. She has been on the staff at CalState, Fullerton for the past seven years.

Julius P. Williams Becomes First African-American President of the Conductors Guild

Dr. Williams serves as a professor of composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He holds a bachelor's degree from Herbert Lehman College of the City University of New York and a master of music education degree from the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

The New President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn

A native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Claudia V. Schrader was appointed president of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Schrader has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic and student success at Bronx Community College.

New Black Issues in Philosophy Blog Now Available Online

A new blog series produced by an editorial team in the philosophy department at the University of Connecticut, is being featured on the website of the American Philosophical Association. Lewis Gordon, a professor of philosophy, is the executive editor.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Debuts an Online Archive on Slavery in New York

The new online archive includes more than 35,000 records. The index includes census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources.

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

The four African Americans among the 43 Marshall Scholars this year are in sharp contrast to the record of 10 African Americans who were among the 32 American students awarded Rhodes Scholarships this fall.

A Quartet of African Americans Assuming New Administrative Posts at Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are Sheryl Haydel at Dillard University in New Orleans, Renarde D. Earl at North Carolina Central University in Durham, Jermaine Wright at the City University of New York, and Allia L. Carter at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Sheilah Paul to Lead the New School of Education at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn

Medgar Evers College, a campus of the City University of New York, has announced the establishment of the School of Education. The college enrolls about 6,800 students. African Americans make up more than three quarters of the student body. Dr. Sheilah M. Paul was named founding dean.

The New Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jean King has been serving as vice provost for biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Dr. King is also a professor of psychiatry, radiology, and neurology and director of the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging.

Proposal Would Provide Free College Tuition for Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers

Under the so-called Excelsior Scholarship plan, tuition at all two- and four-year college of the State University of New York System and the City University of New York System would be paid by the state for all full-time students from families whose income are below $125,000.

A New Online Archive of the First Blacks in the Americas

The online bilingual archive is called the First Blacks in the Americas/Los Primeros Negros en las Americas. It documents the earliest history of the African diaspora in what is now the Dominican Republic.

In Memoriam: Roscoe Conkling Brown Jr., 1922-2016

Roscoe C. Brown Jr. was a Tuskegee Airman who was former president of Bronx Community College in New York and a former professor at New York University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

African American Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given out in six categories with five finalists in each category. Several of the finalists are African Americans who currently hold academic posts at American colleges and universities.

Two Black Scholars Win National Book Awards

Ta-Nehisi Coates won the National Book Award in the nonfiction category. He has taught at MIT and the City University of New York. Robin Coste Lewis, a Provost’s Fellow in the creative writing and literature doctoral program at the University of Southern California, won the National Book Award in the poetry category.

National Society of Black Engineers Seeks to Boost Black Graduates in the Field

The National Society of Black Engineers has announced a new initiative with the goal to increase the number of African Americans who receive bachelor's degrees in engineering to 10,000 annually by 2025. The most recent annual figure is 3,620.

Ivelaw Griffith to Be Honored for His Work in International Security Education

Dr. Griffith is a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the former president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia. He is being honored by the William J. Perry Center for Hemisphere Defense Studies in Washington.

Honors and Awards for African American Scholars

The honorees are Karelle Aiken of Georgia Southern University, Gina Athena Ulysse of Wesleyan University, Adriel A. Hilton of Western Carolina University, author Jacqueline Woodson at CUNY, Carrie Parker-Taylor, the first Black woman at Indiana University, and Karen Faison of Virginia State University.

CUNY’s Preparatory High School Renamed to Honor Derrick Griffith

Dr. Griffith served as the founding principal at the Preparatory Transitional High School of the City University of New York from 2003 to 2010. He was killed in the Amtrak train wreck in Philadelphia this past May. At the time of his death, he was dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

In Memoriam: Derrick Griffith, 1973-2015

Derrick Griffith, dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, was one of eight victims in a horrific railroad accident in Philadelphia on May 12.

Gregory Pardlo Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Gregory Pardlo, both an instructor and a student at Columbia University in New York City, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is also completing work on his doctoral dissertation at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Fort Valley State University President to Step Down in June

Ivelaw Griffith, the ninth president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, has announced that he will leave his post at the end of the academic year on June 30. He will have served as president for less than two years.

Belinda Miles Named President of Westchester Community College

Since 2011, Dr. Belinda S. Miles has served as provost and executive vice president of access, learning, and success at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio. She will begin her new duties in January.

In Memoriam: Vincent Gordon Harding, 1931-2014

Vincent G. Harding, the civil rights activist, author, and professor emeritus of religion and social transformation at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, died on May 19 in Philadelphia. He was an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Honors for Two African American Professors

Ruth Wilson Gilmore of the City University of New York was honored by the Association of American Geographers and Michelle Albert of Howard University received the Red Dress Award from Women's Day and the American Heart Association.

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Nevada Winrow is dean of special projects at Baltimore City Community College. Kevin Clark is the new athletics director at Temple University and Kevin Taylor is director of graduate admissions at the business school of Baruch College.

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