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Two African American Scholars Announce Their Retirements From Indiana Universities

The retiring scholars are Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University, and Willie Reed, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University.

In Memoriam: Orlando L. Taylor, 1936-2024

Dr. Orlando Taylor of Fielding University passed away on January 16. He held numerous administrative leadership roles in higher education throughout his life. He dedicated his research to speech and language disorders, as well as advancing leadership at HBCUs, earning him seven doctoral degrees over the course of his career.

The First Black Women to Serve as President of the American Historical Association

Thavolia Glymph is the Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History and professor of law at Duke University. She is the past president of the Southern Historical Association.

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.

New Faculty Assignments at Colleges and Universities for Five Black Scholars

Taking on new faculty roles are Michael Carbin at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Judith Casselberry at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, Yvonne Chireau at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Tesfaye Mengiste at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Rae Shaw at San Francisco State University.

Universities Announced the Appointments of Six Black Administrators

Taking on new administrative roles are Scott Hamilton Adams at California Lutheran University, Olivia Lapeyrolerie at New York University, Kristi Smith at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Oliver M. Thomas at North Carolina A&T State University, Anne Edwards at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Paulette G. Curtis at Florida State University.

Purdue University Study Examines Barriers to Gifted Education for Black Students

Black students' opportunity to access gifted education programs is severely limited because they go to schools that do not offer gifted education programs. In addition, the study found that in schools that offer gifted education, many Black students are overlooked.

Four African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Posts

Taking on new duties as diversity officers are Belinda Waller-Peterson at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Tiffany G. Townsend at Purdue University Global, Kristin Dukes at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, and Narketta Sparkman-Key at James Madson University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

New Administrative Positions for Five Black Women in Higher Education

The five Black women in new administrative roles are Linette White at Purdue University in Indiana, Joy Cook at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, Dawn Smallwood at Stony Brook University in New York, Jessica White at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Mavis Asiedu-Frimpong at Rutgers University-Camden in New Jersey.

Jennifer Brown Will Be the Next Provost at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Dr. Brown is currently the vice provost and dean for undergraduate education at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining the University of California, Riverside in 2018, Dr. Brown served as vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University. She began her faculty career at Purdue University in 2004. She will begin her new duties on April 1.

Four Universitiies Annouce the Appointment of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Taking on new roles as diversity administrators are Cerri A. Banks at Syracuse University in New York, Levon T. Esters at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Wanda B. Knight at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, and Katrice A. Albert at the University of Kentucky.

Thavolia Glymph Wins Three Awards From the Organization of American Historians

Thavolia Glymph, the Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was honored with three awards for her book on the role of Black and White women during the Civil War.

Purdue University Looks to Boost its Commitment to African American Students

The Equity Task Force at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has defined concrete goals and plans to invest more than $75 million into the support of Black students and programs over the course of the next five years. Among the goals are to double the number of Black undergraduate students at the university.

In Memoriam: William E. Moore, 1941-2020

After being the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry at Purdue University, Dr. Moore joined the chemistry faculty at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the late 1960s. He achieved the rank of full professor within five years.

Harvard Business School Renames Building to Honor Its First Black Tenured Faculty Member

James I. Cash was the first African American to earn a basketball scholarship at Texas Christian University. After earning a master's degree and a Ph.D. in computer science at Purdue University, Dr. Cash joined the faculty at Harvard Business School in 1976. He became the first Black tenured faculty member in 1985.

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.

University of Wisconsin Historian Wins Book Prize

Jacqueline-Bethel M​ougoué, an assistant professor of African cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been awarded the 2020 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians.

Cornell University Study Finds Racial/Ethnic Differences in Perceptions of Environmental Issues

The survey found that there were, in fact, demographic differences in how people viewed environmental issues, with racial and ethnic minorities and lower-income people more likely to consider human factors such as racism and poverty as environmental issues.

In Memoriam: Tracie Gibson

Dr. Gibson joined the staff at the University of Massachusetts in 2017. Before coming to Amherst, Dr. Gibson served on the faculty at the University of Texas-Permian Basin and later at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In Memoriam: Andraé Derrell Sailes, 1979-2019

Sailes joined the staff at Purdue University in June 2004 as the assistant director of undergraduate admissions. He became director of academic and career advising for the College of Liberal Arts in 2016.

Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center Designated as a “Distinctive Destination”

The Black Cultural Center at Purdue University has been designated as a "Distinctive Destination" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Purdue's Black Cultural Center is only the sixth location in Indiana to receive this honor.

Six African Americans Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Duties 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.

A Quartet of African Americans Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles

The African American scholars who are taking on new assignments are Leelannee Malin of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Chris Lebron of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, John Gates at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Monica Baskin of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Purdue Graduate to Lead Agricultural Workshops at Universities in the Republic of Cameroon

A former Purdue University student, Scott Massey, has received his second Mandela Washington Fellowship that he will use to provide Cameroonian farmers vital information on developing and incorporating innovative farming practices into their work.

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Aims to Boost Diversity in Graduate Programs

The Mentoring@Purdue program pairs students with faculty or staff members and includes a summer scholars program which brings undergraduate students from historically Black colleges and universities to Purdue's campus for a week-long program that teaches them how to start applying to graduate schools.

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.

Johnnie L. Early II Named Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University

For the past 18 years, Dr. Early has been dean at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toledo in Ohio. Earlier in his career, Dr. Early was an assistant professor of pharmacy at Florida A&M University.

Heidi Anderson Appointed the 16th President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Since September 2017, Dr. Anderson has been special advisor to the president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She served as provost and vice president for academic affairs there from 2015 to 2017.

The Next Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Louisville

Dr. Emmanuel Collins is currently the John H. Seely Professor and chair of the department of mechanical engineering, in the College of Engineering jointly operated by Florida A&M University and Florida State University.

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.

African American Studies Granted Departmental Status at the University of Virginia

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia was established in 1981. Now, 36 years later it has been granted departmental status allowing it to function autonomously to develop curriculum and hire faculty.

Mark Smith Appointed Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Smith was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic team in the sport of fencing. He currently serves as dean of the Graduate School at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has held that post since 2009.

The Finalists for Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa has announced a field of four finalist for the position of vice president and associate provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion. All four candidates are African Americans.

Two Purdue University Political Scientists to Edit a Major Journal

Nadie E. Brown and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, both associate professors of political science at Purdue, will share duties as lead editor for the journal Politics, Groups and Identities, a publication of the Western Political Science Association.

Purdue University Librarian Starting a Subscription Box Service for Black Literature

Jamillah R. Gabriel, librarian at Purdue University's Black Cultural Center, has launched a new start-up subscription box venture that each month will send a newly released book written by a Black author to subscribers of the service.

In Memoriam: Joyce Carol Thomas, 1938-2016

Joyce Carol Thomas, the author of more than 30 children's books and a former college professor, won the National Book Award and the American Book Award in 1983. She taught at several higher educational institutions including Purdue University and the University of Tennessee.

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