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NAFEO Names First Class of Leadership Fellows

NAFEO Names First Class of Leadership Fellows


The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) has selected 13 outstanding faculty, from historically and predominantly Black colleges and universities, for its first class of Kellogg Leadership Fellows in the NAFEO National Leadership Institute. The institute is designed to train and develop the next generation of senior-level leaders for the nation’s historically and predominantly Black colleges and universities.

Each of the fellows will undergo an extensive course of study and training in practical, hands-on issues that senior institutional leaders typically encounter, such as budgeting, governance, fund raising, student services, and alumni and governmental relations. In addition, each fellow will be provided a mentor who is currently a president/chancellor at a NAFEO-member institution.

NAFEO’s program is a part of a larger effort of the W.K. Kellogg MSI Leadership Fellows Program aimed at increasing the number of senior-level leaders at minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and NAFEO, the three associations that together form the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, received funding last year from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide leadership training and prepare a new generation of college presidents and senior executives to lead America’s MSIs.

“Over the next decade, many of the current leaders of MSIs will be retiring which makes the comprehensive intergenerational transfer of knowledge imperative,” says Dr. Fred Humphries, president/CEO of NAFEO. “The Kellogg project provides a unique opportunity for us to transfer knowledge, expand the horizons of leadership and foster good will across our communities.”

Each of the 13 NAFEO fellows were nominated by their college president/chancellor, and selected from a pool of more than 30 candidates. The fellows are:

  • Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, Lincoln University, Lincoln, Pa.
  • Dr. Melvin N. Johnson, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Dr. Kojo A. Quartey, dean, College of Business and Professional Studies and associate vice president for academic affairs, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Dr. Moses Newsome Jr., vice president for research, planning, community and economic development, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Miss.
  • Dr. Lucy J. Reuben, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.
  • Dr. Ellen D. Smiley, assistant dean and assistant professor, Earl Lester Cole Honors College, Grambling State University, Grambling, La.
  • Dr. Charles N. Smith, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, Delaware State University, Dover, Del.
  • Dr. Joseph Martin Stevenson, provost, Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.
  • Dr. Maurice C. Taylor, dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research, Morgan State University, Baltimore
  • Dr. Jackie Thomas, professor of English, and director of UMES Scholars Program, University Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md.
  • Dr. Charles Williams, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs/ undergraduate programs, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Dr. Karl S. Wright, executive vice president and provost, Florida Memorial College, Miami
  • l Dr. Earl G. Yarbrough Sr., provost and vice president for academic affairs, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va.

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