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Professional Appointments

Professional Appointments

Dr. Yvonne E. Collins has been appointed professor of physical and biological sciences at New York City Technical College. Previously she was an adjunct professor at City Tech for eight years and also taught at Nassau Community College. Collins earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of the West Indies and a doctorate at New York University.

Dr. Gertrude Fraser, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia, has accepted a two-year position as program officer in the Ford Foundation’s Education, Knowledge and Religion Program in New York. Fraser earned a bachelor’s from Bryn Mawr College and master’s and doctorate
degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

Anica Howard, a leading expert in executive management, has been named chief operating officer of the National Black MBA Association. Howard earned a bachelor’s in engineering from Spelman College, a second bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from Duke University.
Dr. Bruce LaVant is the newly appointed vice president for educational programs and
research at the Lincoln Foundation. He was
previously the director of undergraduate
studies at the University of Louisville. LaVant
received a bachelor’s from Fisk University, a master’s from Middle Tennessee State University and a doctorate from Iowa State University.

Dr. Camellia Okpodu, assistant professor of biological sciences at Hampton University in Virginia, has been featured in How Jane Won, a book about 55 successful women who share their experiences from being “just girls” to becoming extraordinary women in today’s society. Okpodu earned her bachelor’s and doctorate from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Earl Smith, the Rubin professor of American Ethnic Studies and chairman of the sociology department at Wake Forest University, has been elected the 21st president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Smith earned a bachelor’s from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

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