African American Studies Programs
It was good to see the examination of African American Studies programs in Black Issues in Higher Education’s May 25th edition.
However, one issue that is seldom discussed is the failure of African American Studies programs to develop at Black colleges and universities. A perfect example is the state of affairs at Howard University.
Perhaps a future article might provide an assessment of the teaching of African American Studies at these institutions. It is something that needs to be written about.
E. Ethelbert Miller
African American Research Center
I was quite delighted to see that the May 11 issue of your publication included an article on the increasing numbers of African American leaders who are opting to head historically Black colleges over predominantly White institutions.
I was chagrined when I realized that Dr. Ernest McNealey, president of Stillman College, had not been included.
In July of 1997, Dr. McNealey became president of Stillman after several years with the State University of Stony Brook, where he served as first associate vice provost for undergraduate studies and later as dean of undergraduate academic affairs. In the 33 months that Dr. McNealey has been at Stillman, his depth of knowledge and experience in higher education have shaped a new Stillman College.
Since July 1997, two new buildings and a stadium have been built, a new residence hall is under construction, the endowment has risen by $3 million, enrollment has risen by 43 percent, salaries have increased, academics have been strengthened, football and marching bands have been added and alumni have renewed their commitment to their alma mater.
These are only a few of the highlights of Dr. McNealey’s tenure to date. To have overlooked Dr. McNealey in this article was a gross oversight that deserves corrective action.
I look forward to enjoying future editions of Black Issues In Higher Education.
Cresandra W. Smothers
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