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In Memoriam: Sandra Williams Rackley, 1937-2023

Dr. Rackley began her career by joining the faculty of Florida A&M University. She later moved to Florida State University to join the faculty in the College Communication. There she served as associate dean and later dean of undergraduate studies.

Former Professor and University Administrator to Lead the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

DeAngela Burns-Wallace is the  CEO and president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She held administrative positions at Stanford University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Kansas.

Four Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new roles are Marc Lamont Hill at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Chinenye Anyanwu at the University of Connecticut, James Kereri at the University of Missouri, and Curtis Austin at Arizona State University.

Dwayne Smith Selected to Lead Southern Connecticut State University

Since 2020, Dr. Smith has served as campus CEO of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Earlier, he served as interim president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, following 13 years as that institution’s provost.

University of Missouri Decides Not to Discipline a Student Who Used a Racial Slur

A student at the University of Missouri sent a message on social media to a friend speaking about the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It stated: “If they would have killed 4 more n----- we would have had the whole week off.”

University at Buffalo Creates the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education

The center, founded and directed by Black history education scholar LaGarrett King, will use research, teacher professional development, networking, and advocacy to answer the enduring question: What is Black history education?

Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University Is the 2020 Hooks National Book Award Winner

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has named Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as the 2020 Hooks National Book Award Winner for her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.

Christine Holt Selected to Be the Next Chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Hope-Texarkana

Dr. Holt currently serves as chief of staff for the University of Missouri System. She previously served as associate provost at the University of Missouri at Columbia and dean of academic administration at Northern Virginia Community College.

In Memoriam: John Benjamin Dubriel , 1938-2021

Professor Dubriel began teaching at historically Black Fort Valley State Univerity in 1970. After achieving status as a senior professor of mathematics, Dr. Dubriel was appointed director and vice president in the Office of  Institutional Research, Planning Technologies, and Technological Services.

The First Black President of Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts

Since 2019, Dr. Chrite has served as president of Bethune-Cookman University, a historically Black educational institution in Daytona Beach, Florida. Before taking on that position, he was dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. 

A Quartet of African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The four African Americans who have been appointed to diversity positions are Michelle Foster at Colorado State University, B. Sherrance Russell at the University of Missouri, Anita Dashiell-Sparks at the University of Southern California, and Kristina Marshall at Baker College in Michigan.

The Racial Diversity Problem in Music Schools at Universities in the United States

Nationwide, about 6 percent of all students who earn bachelor's degrees in music are Black. A concentration on the classical music of Europe at many schools of music is one reason for a low level of participation by Black students. Music education, with its high cost for purchasing instruments, training, traveling, is also a challenge.

Antoinette Landor of the University of Missouri Honored for Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers

Antoinette Landor, associate professor in the department of human development and family science in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri, was recently named the 2020 Undergraduate Research Mentor by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

In Memoriam: Russell Boone, 1921-2020

In 1960, Russell Boone was appointed director of university bands at Mississippi Valley State University. During his tenure, the band was the first ensemble from a historically Black college or university to play in the Rose Bowl parade. The band also played in the inaugural parade for President Richard Nixon in 1969.

In Memoriam: Gus T. Ridgel, 1925-2020

Dr. Ridgel was a member of Concerned Student 1950, the first group of African-American students admitted to the University of Missouri. He was admitted to the graduate program in economics in 1950 after civil rights groups won a court ruling desegregating the university. He earned a master's degree a year later.

Dorothy Mosby Appointed Dean of the Faculty at Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Mosby joined the Mount Holyoke community in 2003. She was professor of Spanish and was appointed associate dean of faculty in 2016. She has also served as a deputy coordinator for the Title IX compliance programs.

Ten African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to 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.

New Reports Shows How the University of Missouri Responded to the 2015 Campus Upheaval

The American Council on Education recently released a report documenting the steps the University of Missouri has taken over the past five years to address the problems that led to the widespread campus protests in 2015. While progress has been made, the report notes that there is work that still needs to be done.

Study Finds That HBCUs Get Shortchanged in Traditional College Rankings

A new study led by Precious M. Hardy, a doctoral student in educational psychology at the University of Missouri, find that HBCUs do quite well in comparison to predominantly White colleges in the performance of their students when socioeconomic factors of the students are the same.

Dwyane Smith Is the New Leader of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis

For the past dozen years, Dr. Smith has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the university. Before joining the staff at Harris-Stowe State University, Dr. Smith was assistant vice president for academic affairs at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Nine African Americans Who Were Appointed to 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.

E. LaBrent Chrite Appointed President of Bethune-Cookman University in Florida

Currently, Dr. Chrite serves as dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He previously served as dean at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan.

University of Missouri Fires Police Officer After Officials Uncover Racist Picture

Recently, the University of Missouri fired a university police officer immediately after officials verified the authenticity of a photo of the officer appearing in blackface.

Clarence Lang Named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University

Currently, Dr. Lang serves as the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, where he's been a faculty member since 2011. He will assume his new duties on July 1, 2019.

What Went Wrong at the University of Missouri and How to Avoid Similar Campus Crises

A recent report from the American Council on Education has examined what led to the University of Missouri's 2015-2016 racial crisis and how the institution responded to what happened in the ensuing period.

University of Missouri Names Two Dormitories After African Americans

Lucile Bluford was denied admission into the journalism graduate program 11 times on the account of the color of her skin. George C. Brooks was director of financial aid at the university for 17 years and participated in efforts to desegregate local restaurants.

University of Missouri Names Building After a Black Woman It Had Rejected for Admission in 1939

In 1939, Lucile Bluford, who had worked as a journalist for several newspapers, applied for admission to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She was accepted for admission but later was turned away when university officials saw the color of her skin.

The Next President of Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire

Dr. Morrice was vice provost at the University of Missouri in charge of enrollment management and strategic development. Earlier, he was the chief enrollment officer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Deacue Fields Named to a Dean Position at the University of Arkansas

Dr. Fields currently serves as professor and chair of the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University in Alabama.

Study Examines the Racial Wage Gap for Faculty at Public Universities

Black faculty earned lower salaries, on average, compared to White faculty — approximately $10,000 to $15,000 less per year. The authors found that wage gaps were largely due to three factors: amount of work experience, research productivity and field of expertise.

Gail Baker Is the New Provost at the University of San Diego

Since 2006 Dr. Baker had been serving as dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Earlier, she was a professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.

Washington University Professor Says Schools’ Policies on Black Hair Are Discriminatory

Several school districts around the nation have adopted policies that prevent students from wearing their hair in braids, twists, dreadlocks and Afros. Kimberly Norwood of Washington University is a leader in the fight to end these discriminatory rules.

Three African American Men in New University Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative duties are Kevin McDonald at the University of Missouri, Johnny P. Tooson at the University of Massachusetts, and James A. Felton III at the State University of New York-Cortland.

University of Houston Has a New Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Tillis was the dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Earlier, he served as Distinguished International Visiting Scholar at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.

University of Missouri Opens New Center on Diversity in the Media

Julius Riles, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Missouri, was named co-director of the new center. The new center will examine all aspects of diversity in both traditional and new media.

Misbehavior and Negative Attitudes Do Not Explain the High Suspension Rates of Black Students

The results of two studies found that, although some differences existed among races in certain types of misbehavior, these differences could not explain the disproportionalities in suspension rates.

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