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Artist Agrees to Redo Mural After Objections to His Depiction of Vanderbilt’s New Football Coach

Critics of the mural stated that Mason's image reminded them of the minstrel era when African Americans were portrayed with darkened skin and white lips to exaggerate racial differences.

Three African American Scholars in New Teaching Roles

James Perkins joins the chemistry faculty at Clark Atlanta University. Lynette Stephenson was promoted to full professor at Colgate University and Emilie Townes was named to an endowed chair at Vanderbilt University.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Sharon Beverly at the College of New Jersey, Joslyn DiPasalegne at South Carolina State, August Washington at Vanderbilt, Blake Gaines at Mississippi Valley State, and Aaron Taylor of Saint Louis University.

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.

Former Superintendent of Boston Public Schools to Teach at Vanderbilt University

Carol R. Johnson, who has led the public schools in Boston, Memphis, and Minneapolis, will be teaching in the department of leadership, policy, and organizations in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Nontombi Naomi Tutu Wins Social Justice Award

Nontombi Naomi Tutu, a student at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, received the Otis Social Justice Award from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

Research Discovers a Brain Drain of Physicians From Sub-Saharan Africa

In conducting research for his doctoral dissertation at Vanderbilt University, Akhenaten Tankwanchi found that the number of physicians practicing in the United States who had immigrated from sub-Saharan African had increased 40 percent over the past decade.

Research Finds Varying Racial Outcomes Among College Graduates of Art Programs

A new report from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) finds racial differences among students who majored in the arts in college. Some 60 percent of White graduates currently work as artists, compared to 53 percent of Black graduates.

Three African American Women in New Faculty Roles

Vera A. Stevens Chatman was named professor emerita after serving on the Vanderbilt University faculty since 1995. S. Yvette Murphy-Erby was promoted to full professor at the University of Arkansas and Eboni Marshall Turman joins the faculty at Duke Divinity School.

Researchers Find That Lack of Exercise Is Not a Major Contributor to the Racial Health Gap

The study examined the daily routines of more than 80,000 people and found that both Whites and Blacks spent at least 60 percent of their waking day in sedentary activities.

Two Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

This October, Ngugi wa Thiong'o will be presented with the University of California Irvine Medal for his service to the university. Velma McBride Murry of Vanderbilt University was honored by the Society for Research in Child Development.

Two African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Franklin D. Cleckley was honored by West Virginia University where he has taught for 44 years and Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University won the Faculty Achievement Award from the Southeastern Conference.

Honors for Three African American Scholars

The honorees are Donna Y. Ford, professor of education at Vanderbilt, William Hamilton, sports information director at South Carolina State University, and Andrea Hairston, professor of theatre and Afro-American studies at Smith College.

Two African Americans Named to Endowed Chairs

Filmmaker Julie Dash is spending the current semester in an endowed chair in media at Wayne State University. Kevin B. Johnson, who has served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University since 2002, has been named the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor.

Vanderbilt University Losing Its Chief Investment Officer

Matthew Wright is stepping down from his post to pursue a new business venture. He guided Vanderbilt's $3.8 billion portfolio through the great recession of 2008-09.

Emilie Townes Named Dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Townes currently serves as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. She also is the associate dean of academic affairs. She will assume her new post in July.

Vanderbilt University Honors a Former Assistant Dean and Civil Rights Leader

Kelly Miller Smith was a Baptist preacher, president of the Nashville chapter of the NAACP, and assistant dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Four Black Women Named to Prestigious Faculty Posts

The new appointees are Tracy Sharpley Whiting, Nikky Finney, Tananarive Due, and Anastasia Boles.

David Williams Taking On a Larger Role in Vanderbilt University Athletics

Williams, who is also a professor of law at the university, is given substantial credit for revitalizing Vanderbilt's athletics programs over the past nine years.

Two Faculty Appointments of Note

Derek M. Griffith joins the faculty at Vanderbilt University and Thomas Epps III is named to an endowed chair at the University of Delaware.

George Hill Named Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University

Professor Hill joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2002. He previously taught at Meharry Medical College in Nashville for 19 years.

Vanderbilt Debuts Digital Archive of 1964 Taped Interviews of Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

The interviews were conducted by Robert Penn Warren for his book Who Speaks for the Negro?

Ten African Americans Named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows conducted by JBHE, it appears that 10 of the 220 new members are Black. Thus, African Americans make up 4.5 percent of the new members.

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.

Vanderbilt Establishes Digital Archive of Slave Records From Spanish Societies in the New World

Researchers captured more than 150,000 images, comprising more than 750,000 ecclesiastical records of African and African descended individuals from Brazil, Cuba, and Spanish Florida.

Vanderbilt University Professor Wins Outstanding Book Award

H. Richard Milner IV is being honored by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Two Black Women Are Among the Five Finalists for Dean of the Law School at the University of Missouri

Marcella David and Beverly Moran will visit the Columbia, Missouri, campus next month for interviews and public forums.

Vanderbilt University Program to Help Young Black Men Is Expanding to Pennsylvania

Vanderbilt faculty members Donna Ford and Gilman Whiting will assist in the program's implementation.

Two African Africans Named to New Faculty Posts

Jemima Pierre and Curtis Everett Powell are named to new faculty positions.

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