Professional Appointments

Price Takes Helm, Makes History
at Marygrove College

Dr. Glenda D. Price has become the seventh president and the first African American female to head Marygrove College in Detroit. Before coming to Marygrove, she served as provost of Spelman College. Her experience in higher education also includes serving as dean of the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Connecticut and as assistant dean of the College of Allied Health at Temple University. Price earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, a master’s degree in educational media, and a doctorate in educational psychology, all from Temple University. She also is an alumna of Harvard University’s Management Development Program and New Presidents’ Institute.

Fletcher Given Interim Position
at Jackson State

Dr. Bettye Ward Fletcher has been selected by the board of trustees as interim president of Jackson State University. She is currently serving as vice president for research and development. Previously, she was dean of the graduate school. Fletcher earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tougaloo College (Miss.); a master’s degree in social work from Atlanta University; and a doctorate in social work from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.


Academic

Dr. Jerome A. Atkins has been named dean of technology and engineering programs at Regents College (N.Y.). He was formerly assistant dean and professor of industrial engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Atkins earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Howard University; master’s degrees in aeronautics/astronautics from Purdue University, in astronautics/space facilities from the Air force Institute of Technology, and in business administration from Marymount University; and a doctorate in educational leadership from Auburn University.

Dr. Larry Davis, professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, is the institution’s first E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity. The endowed chair is made possible by a $1.5 million gift from E. Desmond Lee, a philanthropist and retired businessman. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University; and double master’s degrees in social work and psychology, and a doctorate in social work and psychology, all from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will become DePaul University’s first Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor next fall. It is the first university-wide professorship at the Chicago institution. Dyson will leave his post as visiting distinguished professor of African American studies at Columbia University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Carson-Newman College; and master’s and doctoral degrees in religion, both from Princeton University.

Rodell Lawrence has been appointed executive assistant to the president at Stillman College (Ala.). He has served as a corporate senior manager and has 20 years experience in technical, strategic, and tactical management. Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from South Carolina University.

Dr. Clifford Young has been appointed executive assistant to the president at California State University-San Bernardino. He currently is chair and a professor of public administration at CSUSB. Young earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology  from California Baptist College; and master’s and doctoral degrees in public administration, both from the University of Southern California.


Honors

Dr. Sandra Gibson, director of Barry University’s School of Nursing Primary Care Nursing Center, was honored recently with the 11th annual “In the Company of Women” award. Sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Mayor, Board of Commissioners, and the Park and Recreation Department, the award recognizes outstanding women who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Miami-Dade. Gibson earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tuskegee University; a master’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University; and a doctorate in education from Nova University.



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