Tag: University of Louisiana Lafayette

A Change in Leadership at Florida Memorial University

Jaffus Hardrick, president of Florida Memorial University, has stepped down from his role after five years in the position. Until a permanent successor is appointed, William C. McCormick, former university board chairman, will serve as interim president.

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.

Three Black Scholars Named to Dean Positons at State Univerities

Leslee Battle has been appointed dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Okenwa Okoli will be the next dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Memphis and Paula Montgomery is the new interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

Three Universities Have Announced the Hiring of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Kevin Thomas is the inaugural vice dean for DEI at the Duke University School of Medicine. Tiffany Taylor Smith was named vice president for diversity and inclusion at the University of Dayton in Ohio and Kiwana McClung has been named interim chief diversity officer at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

John Warner Smith is the First Black Male Poet Laureate for the State of Louisiana

Currently, Smith teaches English at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Smith is a graduate of McNeese State University in Louisiana, where he majored in psychology and accounting. He holds two master's degrees.

Jaffus Hardrick Appointed President of Florida Memorial University

Dr. Hardrick has been serving as interim president of Florida Memorial University since July 2018. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hardrick served for 10 years at Florida International University as vice provost for access and success and as vice president of human resources.

Five African American Academics Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Roslin Growe of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington, Tony Brown of Hampton University, and Marie Chisholm-Burns and Noma Anderson, both from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Jewel Washington at the University of Maryland, Aristide Collins Jr. at George Washington University, Mikah K. Thompson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Taniecea Arceneaux Mallery at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and Sidney H. Evans Jr. at Morgan State University.

Three African Americans Presented With the National Medal of Arts

Ernest J. Gaines is the writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Joan Myers Brown is the founder of the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts and the Philadelphia Dance Company and Allen Toussaint is a New Orleans-born musician, composer, and record producer.

Denise M. Linton Named Nurse Educator of the Year

She is the Dudley Joseph Plaisance Sr. BORSF Professor of Nursing at the University of Louisiana Lafayette's College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

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