Tag: Texas A&M University

In Memoriam: Leroy Sterling, 1939-2023

A native of Booneville, Texas, Sterling applied to Texas A&M University in the early 1960s but was denied admission. But in 1963 he and two other Black students were allowed to enroll in summer sessions. There, he earned credits that went toward his bachelor's degree at historically Black Texas Southern University.

A Hire Gone Wrong at Texas A&M University

In June, Texas A&M University announced that Kathleen McElroy, who had a 20-year career at The New York Times, would join the university's communication and journalism department as a tenured professor. After objections from conservative members of the campus community, Dr. McElroy decided to stay in her tenured post at the University of Texas at Austin.

Seven African Americans in 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. If you have news for this section, please send an email to info@jbhe.com.

The First Black Woman to Be Named a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences

Corliss Outley, professor in the department of parks, recreation, and tourism management and director of the Race, Ethnicity, Youth and Social Equity Collaboratory at Clemson University in South Carolina, is the first African American woman to be named a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences in its 43-year history.

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.

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.

Lawsuit Claims Texas A&M Discriminates Against White and Asian Men in Faculty Hiring

Richard Lowery, an associate professor of finance at the University of Texas at Austin has filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that a faculty fellowship aimed at increasing diversity discriminates against White and Asian men.

Erick Jones Will Be the Next Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada

Dr. Jones has been serving as senior science advisor in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. State Department. He is a former professor and associate dean for graduate studies at the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Earlier in his career, he taught for eight years at the University of Nebraska.

Four African Americans Named to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

The four African Americans who have been named to diversity posts are Bruce B. Felder at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, Thelathia “Nikki” Young at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, Emanuela Kucik at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Annie McGowan at Texas A&M University.

Prairie View A&M University Expands its Partnership With Texas A&M University

The partnership between Texas A&M University and historically Black Prairie View A&M University will be focused on four key areas: faculty exchange, student programs, scholar exchange/support and community outreach.

Adrien Bennings Appointed the Eighth President of Portland Community College in Oregon

Adrien Bennings has been serving as president at Kellogg Community College, one of 28 community colleges in the state of Michigan. Earlier, she was the vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer at Clovis Community College in New Mexico.

The Inaugural Dean of Texas A&M University’s Intercollegiate School of Engineering Medicine

Roderic I. Pettigrew is the Robert A. Welch Professor in the Texas A&M University College of Medicine and professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering. He will lead the new school that will allow graduates to receive both a doctorate of medicine and master’s degree in engineering in four years.

Texas A&M’s Karen Butler-Purry Honored for Her Leadership in Graduate Education

Karen Butler-Purry, associate provost and dean of the Graduate and Professional School at Texas A&M University, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Debra Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education by the Council of Graduate Schools. She holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering.

Lesia L. Crumpton-Young Selected as the Next President of Texas Southern University

Since 2019, Dr. Crumpton-Youung has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She also was a tenured full professor inf the department of industrial and systems engineering in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering. 

The First African American Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review

When she assumes her duties for Volume 72 (2021-22), Hilda Frimpong will be the first Black student to lead the Syracuse Law Review since it began publishing in 1949.

Some Progress in Increasing Black Faculty in Accounting But There Is a Long Way to Go

The data shows that there are 211 Black faculty members teaching accounting at the nation's business schools. They make up just 3.2 percent of all faculty at these schools. Of the 211 Black faculty members, 107 are women and 104 are men.

Study Suggests That Smartphones Can Be Used to Fight Racial Health Disparities

New research led by Ledric Sherman, an assistant professor of health and kinesiology at Texas A&M University shows that the accessibility of digital health technologies can begin to bridge the gap between Black male patients and health care providers.

Texas A&M University Study Documents Race as a Major Factor in Police Use of Force

The study found that White police officers are far more likely to use force than their non-White counterparts, especially in minority neighborhoods. White officers are five times as likely as non-White officers to fire a gun in predominantly Black neighborhoods, according to the study.

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Three African Americans

Erika  K. Davis was named vice president for enrollment management at Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania. Darvis Griffin is assistant chief information officer at Texas A&M University and Ronica Smucker has been named associate vice president of development at Rice University in Houston.

Texas A&M University’s Africana Archive

Rebecca Hankins, a Texas A&M professor and archivist at Cushing Library, has been building the collection since she joined the university in 2003. She has focused her research and acquisitions involving organizations such as the Black Panthers and Students for a Democratic Society.

The Next Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of New Mexico

Dr. Hansel Burley is currently the chair of the department of educational psychology and leadership and professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Myron Floyd Appointed Dean of the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State

Dr. Floyd has been serving as interim dean. He first joined the college in 2005 as a professor in the department of parks, recreation and tourism management. In 2010, he was appointed to serve as director of graduate programs for the department, and in 2014 he became department head.

Archie L. Blanson Is the New Leader of the North Harris Campus of Lone Star College

Dr. Blanson had been serving as vice chancellor of student services for Lone Star College overseeing admissions, registration, dual credit, disabilities, enrollment management, and numerous student services activities and partnerships.

Texas A&M University’s Roderic Pettigrew Honored by the National Academy of Engineering

Professor Pettigrew’s award was given “for leadership at the National Institutes of Health, and for academic and industrial convergence research and education, resulting in innovations that have improved global health care.”

Adrien L. Bennings Will Be the Sixth President of Kellogg Community College in Michigan

Dr. Bennings has been serving as vice president for finance and administration at Clovis Community College in Clovis, New Mexico. From 2015 to 2018, she served as the director of the Small Business Development Center at Texas Tech 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.

Jacqueline Gill Will Be the First African American President of Danville Community College in Virginia

Currently, Dr. Gill serves as president of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. Before that, she served as vice president of academic affairs and community and industry education at Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas.

Lesia Crumpton-Young Named Provost at Morgan State University in Baltimore

Dr. Crumpton-Young has had a successful career in higher education that spans 25 years. Currently, she serves as vice president for research and institutional advancement and as chief research officer at Tennessee State University.

Recent Honors and Awards for African Americans in Higher Education

Here is a listing of a group of African Americans in higher education who have been honored by colleges and universities or who have received notable awards from other organizations.

Texas A&M University Project Will Document Freedom Colonies Throughout Texas

Freedom colonies were self-sufficient, all-Black settlements that former slaves established after they were freed. The Texas Freedom Colonies Project, established by a scholar at Texas A&M University, aims to help African-American Texans reclaim their unrecognized and unrecorded heritage.

African Americans With Strong Racial Identities Are Less Likely To Be Hired and Receive Lower Salaries

A Black job applicant who worked on the Obama presidential campaign would indicate a strong racial identity, whereas a Black applicant who was a member of a ski club would be perceived as not having a strong racial identity.

Texas Southern University’s Charles McClelland to Lead the Southwest Athletic Conference

Dr. Charles McClelland, director of athletics at Texas Southern University in Houston is stepping down from his post after 10 years to become commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas A&M University.

Stephanie Adams Will Lead the American Society for Engineering Education

Stephanie Adams is dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She will serve one year as president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education beginning in June and will become president of the organization in June 2019.

Six Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

They are: Robin Means Coleman at the University of Michigan, Heidi R. Lewis at Colorado College, Nsoki Mavinga at Swarthmore College, Haywood L. Brown at the University of South Florida, Arris Golden at Michigan State University, and Andre Isaacs at the College of the Holy Cross.

Scholar Examines the Decrease in Black Teachers and What to Do About It

Valerie Hill-Jackson, clinical professor of critical teacher education at Texas A&M University, has conducted extensive research on Black teachers in the nation's public school systems. She offers recommendations on what to do to recruit and retain Black teachers.

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.

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