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The First African American President of Oberlin College in Ohio

Since 2008, Dr. Ambar has been serving as president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is widely regarded as having done a remarkable job leading the woman's college. Earlier in her career, she was the youngest dean in the history of Rutgers University.

Manuscript of Slave Autobiography to Be Published in Digital Form

Fields Cook was born into slavery on a Virginia plantation in 1817. His “A Scetch of My Own Life by Fields Cook” is one of the few, if only, surviving manuscripts written before the Civil War by a slave still in bondage.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Scholar to Direct World War I Tribute Band

Dr. Isrea Butler will direct the ensemble which is a recreation of the 369th Regimental Band that was made up of 65 African American and Puerto Rican soldiers that performed in the United States and in Europe during the World War I period a century ago.

Rutgers University Medical Student Is Also a Novelist

Grace Ibitamuno Obienu was married in 2014 and had a baby the next year. This past August she began studies in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Rutgers University. She recently published her first novel and is now writing a sequel.

In Memoriam: Jewell Plummer Cobb, 1924-2017

In 1981, Professor Cobb was appointed president of California State University, Fullerton. She was the first African American women to lead a major university west of the Mississippi River.

The Next President of Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey

The board of trustees of Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey, has named Barbara Gaba as the educational institution's next president. Dr. Gaba has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey.

Rutgers University Creates an Endowed Chair in Honor of the Late Clement A. Price

The Rutgers University Board of Governors has approved the creation of the Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities. Professor Price served on the Rutgers University faculty for nearly 40 years until his death in November 2014.

The Next Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark

Charles E. Menifield currently serves as associate dean for academic programs at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He will begin his new role at Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey on September 1, 2017.

Black Directors of Methadone Clinics Are the Least Likely to Dispense Recommended Minimum Doses

A study led by a researcher at Johns Hopkins University finds that at methadone treatment facilities run by African American directors, patients are less likely to receive the recommended minimum dose than at facilities directed by managers of other races or ethnic groups.

A Unique Approach to Address the Racial Gap in School Discipline

Researchers at the University of Virginia, Rutgers University and the University of British Columbia have a published a study that shows that teachers who change instruction practices can impact the large racial gap in school discipline.

New Book Explores Rutgers University’s Ties to Slavery

The authors conclude that "the practice of slavery was part of the social reality of Queen’s College’s early leaders and the development of Rutgers was intertwined with the history of slavery in America."

Rutgers University Scholar Wins Prestigious Literary Award

John Keene, associate professor of English and chair of the African and African American studies department at the Newark campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Lannan Literary Award for fiction.

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

"Ban the Box" legislation prohibits potential employers from asking job applicants to check a box if they have criminal records. But a new university study finds that if employers don't have information about criminal records, they are more likely to rely on their assumptions and racial biases.

Four African Americans Named to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Francine Conway at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Karlene Burrell-McRae at Colby College in Maine, DeMethra LaSha Bradley at Macalester College in Minnesota, and Logan Powell at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Long-Time Educator Wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Ed Roberson is an artist-in-residence at Northwestern University. Roberson was a professor of literature and creative writing at Rutgers University and has also taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia College in Chicago.

New Roles for Three Black Faculty Members

Taja-Nia Y. Henderson was promoted to full professor of law at the Rutgers University School of Law. Stefan Malone Cooper Jr. was named a research assistant professor at Hampton University and Gena Bardwell was named interim director of the the General Education Program at Touro College.

A New Anthology of the Writings of Former Slave Peter Randolph

Katherine Bassard, a professor of English and senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, is the editor of a new book on the writings of a former slave who became a leading abolitionist and religious figure.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Robert M. Dixon to Serve as Provost at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

For the past two years, Dr. Dixon has served as interim vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Two African Americans Selected for Notable Honors

The honorees are William Jelani Cobb, an associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, and Christine Grant, a professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University.

Two African Americans Honored With Major Awards

A. Van Jordan, Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark, is the winner of the 2015 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and Walter Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges will be awarded the inaugural Marie Fielder Medal.

Rutgers University to Examine Its History Relating to Race

Richard Edwards, chancellor of the flagship campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, announced that in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of the educational institution's founding, the university has formed a "Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History."

An Extended Contract for the President of Bethune-Cookman University

Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, since 2013, has had his contract extended through June 2018. In a statement to the university community, the board chair praised Dr. Jackson's accomplishments during his tenure as president.

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Mignon R. Moore is a new associate professor of sociology at Barnard College. Kara Walker was named to an endowed chair at Rutgers University and Jenna Hatcher is taking on new duties at the University of Kentucky's College of Nursing.

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

The honorees are the late Clement A. Price of Rutgers University, Thomas H. Epps III of the University of Delaware, James E. Coleman Jr. of Duke University, Ngondi Kamatuka of the University of Kansas, and Sheila Jackson of Mississippi State University.

The Nation’s Colleges and Universities With the Most Diverse Student Bodies

The Rutgers University campus in Newark, New Jersey, was deemed to have the most diverse student body in the country among large national universities. Blacks make up 18 percent of the enrollments at the Newark campus.

In Memoriam: Robert Curvin, 1934-2015

Dr. Curvin served as dean of the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School and as a senior policy fellow at the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Arizona State’s Kimberly Scott to Lead the National Academic STEM Collaborative

Dr. Scott is an associate professor in the department of women and gender studies at Arizona State University. She is also the founding executive director of the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State.

Two Black Authors Are Now Teaching at City College of New York

Thomas Sayers Ellis is an award-winning poet who is teaching a course called "Race Fearlessness Poetics." Chinelo Okparanta is a Nigerian-born fiction writer who teaches an advanced workshop on creative fiction writing.

The New Leader of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University

The Institute of Jazz Studies in the John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark, New Jersey, campus of Rutgers University is the repository of more than 150,000 jazz recordings and 6,000 books on the subject.

In Memoriam: John Alfred Williams, 1925-2015

John Williams, longtime university educator and noted novelist, died on July 3 at a veteran's home in Paramus, New Jersey. Williams taught at Rutgers University from 1979 until his retirement in 1994.

Florida A&M University Confers Ph.D.s in Physics to Two Black Women

According to the National Science Foundation, 1,902 people earned Ph.D.s in physics at American universities in 2013. Only 18.8 percent were women and only 19 were Black. Now two Black women have earned Ph.D.s in physics at the same university in the same year.

Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Names Its Next President

Dr. Tashni Dubroy has been serving as as the special assistant to the president for process optimization at Shaw University. Dr. Dubroy is also the co-founder of Tea and Honey Blends, a hair care products company.

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.

In Memoriam: Suzan Maria Armstrong-West, 1948-2015

Professor Armstrong-West had served on the faculty at Edward Waters College since 2008. Earlier, she was assistant dean of students at the University of Texas at Austin and dean of academic programs at Rutgers University.

Three Black Men Named Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Wisconsin

The finalists are William T. Lewis Sr., alumni fellow at Virginia Tech, Ronald L. Quincy, professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, and Patrick J. Sims, a professor of theatre and interim vice provost at the University of Wisconsin.

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