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Study Finds Blacks More Likely to Live Behind Decaying Levees Than Whites

While nationwide the disparity for Blacks is less than 20 percent, there are high levels of disparity for Black populations behind levees in Kentucky (284 percent) and Tennessee (156 percent).

The Battle Over Diversity Programs in Higher Education Heads to the State of Mississippi

Shad White, the auditor for the State of Mississippi recently released a report showing how much was being spent on diversity initiatives by public universities in the state. The report found that Mississippi universities reported spending $23.4 million on diversity programs from July of 2019 to now. Higher education officials in the state staunchly defended their diversity programs.

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.

New Administrative Assignments in Higher Education for Three African Americans

Misha G. Cornelius was appointed director of public relations at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Zac Selmon was appointed director of athletics at Mississippi State University and Anne Edwards was named director of the Black Cultural Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are James Flowers at Tacoma Community College in Washington, Tasha Bibb at the Mississippi State University Office of Technology Management in Vicksburg, Trey Jones at West Virginia State University in Institute, Nicole Johnson at Rhodes College in Memphis, and Dominique Harrison at North Carolina A&T State University.

Saddiq Dzukogi Awarded the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry

Saddiq Dzukogi, an assistant professor of English at Mississippi State University, is the winner of the third annual Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry. The prize is presented to a living poet who is not a U.S. citizen for a full-length book of poems published in the previous year.

Tougaloo College Partners With Mississippi State University’s College of Engineering

Under the agreement, Mississippi State University and Tougaloo College will continue to develop options for “3+2” programs, where students can earn a bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo and a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in engineering from the university’s Bagley College of Engineering.

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Six African Americans

Taking on neww administrative duties are Brian L. Ragsdale at Walden University, Ava L. Ayers at South Carolina State University, Takama Statton-Brooks at the University of Arkansas, Andrew Coston at the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Jamese Sims at Mississippi State University, and Rochelle A. Conley at Alabama A&M University.

Universities Announce the Appointments of Seven Black Administrators

The new administrators are Wesley Fountain at Fayetteville State, Samantha Jones at Mississippi State, Makda Fessahaye at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Johnny Bernard Hill at North Carolina Central, Roshaunda Ross-Orta at Vanderbilt, William Moultrie at West Carolina, and Jordan Brandt at the University of Kansas.

Six African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Those appointed to administrative posts are Lydia G. Sermons at Spelman College in Atlanta, Roderick Johnson at Virginia Union University, Katrina Poe at Mississippi State University, Austin Jamar Banks at the University of Colorado, Elizabeth Horton at South Carolina State University, and Latonia Garrett at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles at Universities

The new appointees are Timothy Hatchett at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Santee Ezell at Mississippi State University, Erica Alexander at Howard University, Mea E. Ashley at Mississippi University for Women, Letitia C. Wall at Winston-Salem State University, Laiya Thomas at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and Jacqueline Blackett at Columbia University in New York.

Two African American Women Appointed to Diversity Positions

Tekita R. Bankhead has been named executive director for support programs in the Division of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion at Mississippi State University and Sonia Rucke was appointed the associate vice president of the department of inclusion and belonging at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

New Administrative Duties for Six African Americans in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative posts are Harriet Hobbs at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Joshua E. Humbert at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Travis Chambers at Georgia State University, Tonya G. McCall at Mississippi State University, Branville Bard Jr. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Ngozi F. Anachebe at Wright State University in Ohio.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

The African Americans assigned to new diversity posts are James McShay at the University of Maryland College Park, Dominique A. Quarles at Mississippi State University, Sharnnia Artis at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and Mel Williams Jr. at the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C.

Three African American Men in New Athletic Administration Posts at Southern State Universities

Jason Cable has been hired as the director of intercollegiate athletics at Alabama State University. Trayvean Scott is the new vice president for intercollegiate athletics at Grambling State University in Louisiana and Alvin Franklin was named assistant athletic director for development at Mississippi State University.

New Assignments in Higher Education for Four Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Dan Smith at the University of Delaware, KMarie King at Albany Medical College, Derris Devost-Burnett of Mississippi State University, and Bebonchu Atems at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Eight African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new jobs are Cynthia Evers at Howard University, R. Darrell Peterson at Caltech, Ashley Hodges at Notre Dame University of Maryland, Stacie Clayton at Wayne State, Vincent L. Young at Mississippi State, Kristen Smith at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Don Hunt at North Carolina State, and Kelly McMurray at Florida A&M University.

Colleges and Universities Appoint Seven African Americans to Administrative Positions

Takin on new duties are Vincent L. Young at Mississippi State, Olga Osaghae at Howard University, Rolundus R. Rice at Rust College in Mississippi, Amy Johnson at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Emma Adebayo at Augustana College in Illinois, Brandon Howard at Huntingdon College in Alabama, and Jaide Hinds-Clarke at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Bennie Harris Will Be the Next Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate

Dr. Harris currently serves as senior vice president for institutional advancement at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, a position he has held since 2014. Prior to that, he was vice president for development and alumni relations at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at Major Universities

Taking on new duties are Dawn L. Ridley at Howard University, Cedric Gathings at Mississippi State University, Danielle Haynes at Cornell University, Michèle G. Turner at the University of Southern California, Lonnie Cockerham at North Carolina A&T State University, and Franklin Ellis Jr. at Vanderbilt University.

In Memoriam: Jacqueline E. Fuller Certion, 1972-2020

Jacqueline Certion was the assistant director of the Foundations for Academic Success Track, or FASTrack, in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi. In her position, Certion served as an adviser and mentor for thousands of students over the past 19 years.

Universities Announce the Appointment of Four African Americans to Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative roles in higher education are Ashley Irvin at Xavier University in New Orleans, Lamont Sullivan at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina, Starsha Jamerson at Mississippi State University, and DeOnte Brown at Florida State University.

Four African Americans Appointed to Diversity Posts at Educational Institutions

Taking on new administrative duties relating to diversity, equity and inclusion are Tiffany Willoughby-Herard at the University of California, Irvine, Brent Lewis at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Shawntae Jones at the Kansas City Art Institute, and Ra’Sheda Boddie Forbes at Mississippi State University.

In Memoriam: Carolyn Sundy, 1951-2020

More than 40 years ago, Dr. Sundy joined the staff at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College to head up the college's Upward Bound program.

Jervette R. Ward Chosen to Lead the College Language Association

Jervette R. Ward is an associate professor of English at Mississippi State University. Founded in 1937, the College Language Association is comprised of English and world language educators and publishes scholarly books of critical essays and bibliographical references.

Mississippi State University Digitizes Records of Enslaved People

This undertaking involves digitizing 19th-century documents from across the South. The database will utilize records created or used by slave owners or the legal system to track enslaved persons, such as inventories, bills of sale, and probate and other court records.

Pamela Bracey Is Named Collegiate Teacher of the Year in Business Education

Pamela Bracey, an associate professor in the department of instructional systems and workforce development in the College of Education at Mississippi State University, was named Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association.

Mississippi State University Appoints New Leader of African American Studies Program

Donald M. Shaffer is an associate professor of English and African American studies at the university. His research examines the social and historical construction of race in African American and Southern literature.

Carmen Walter Named President of Tougaloo College in Mississippi

For the past six years, Dr. Walter has served as an administrator at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, most recently as the executive vice president of enrollment management, student success, and institutional relations. Prior to that, she was an administrator at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

New Scholarships for Mississippi State Engineering Students From Underrepresented Groups

Southern Company, one of the leading energy companies in the country, has made a gift to Mississippi State University that will help students from underrepresented groups pursue an engineering degree at the university's James Worth Bagley College of Engineering.

New Administrative Posts for Seven African Americans 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.

The First Black Commissioner of Higher Education in the State of Mississippi

When he takes office on July 1, Alfred Rankins Jr. will be the first African American to serve as a Commissioner of Higher Education in Mississippi.

Two Black Scholars Honored by State Universities

Pamela Scott-Bracey of Mississippi State University, was named Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Southern Business Education Association. Tennessee State University has announced that its multimedia newsroom will be named in honor of the late Getahn Ward, a long-time adjunct professor of journalism.

Seven African Americans Named to New 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.

Reginald Sykes Appointed President of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama

Dr. Sykes has been serving as interim president of the college since February 2016. He has served as president of Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville since 2010.

Using Food to Bridge the Cultural Divide

“Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History” was the title of a research project conducted at Mississippi State University in Starksville this spring.

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