FISK UNIVERSITY NAMES NEW LEADER
DR. JOHN L. SMITH JR., the former dean of the College of Fine Arts
at the University of South Florida, was recently elected by the Fisk
University Board of Trustees to become the institution’s 12th
president, effective March 1, 1999. Smith has worked as a professor for
the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Oklahoma City University,
Grambling State University, and Langston University. And as a tuba
player, he was a professional symphonic musician with orchestras in
Florida and Oklahoma. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in music
education from Lincoln University in Missouri; a master’s of music
education degree from Indiana University, where he was the first tuba
player to receive the prestigious Indiana University Performer’s
Certificate; and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of
Missouri. He also completed post-doctoral study at the Institute for
Educational Management at Harvard University.
DR. FREDOLINE O. ANUNOBI has been named head of Social Work,
Behavioral, and Political Science at Prairie View A&M University
(Tex.). Previously, he was associate professor of political science and
director of international and area studies. He has also served at Selma
(Ala.) and Xavier (La.) Universities. Anunobi earned a bachelor’s
degree in political science, a master’s degree in international
economics, both from Alabama A&M University; and a master’s degree
in international affairs, and a doctorate in political science, both
from Atlanta University.
TAMARA MAULL has been appointed director of alumni affairs at the
Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Most
recently, she was director of alumni affairs at Hampton University
(VA.). Maull earned a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education,
and recreation from Hampton University; and a master’s degree in
counseling from Wilmington College (Delaware).
MICHAEL A. MIDDLETON is the new deputy chancellor at the University
of Missouri-Columbia. He was acting deputy chancellor. He will continue
as a professor in the School of Law and as interim vice provost for
minority affairs and faculty development. Middleton earned a bachelor’s
degree in political science, and a juris doctorate, both from the
University of Missouri-Columbia.
DR. CLIVE MUIR has been appointed the 1998-1999 Statler Foundation
Visiting Professor in the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell
University in New York. Previously, he was assistant professor at
Voorhees College in South Carolina. Muir earned a bachelor’s degree in
tourism management from the University of the West Indies; a master’s
degree in hospitality management from Pennsylvania State University;
and a master’s degree and a doctorate, both in communication studies,
from New Mexico State University.
DR. WESLEY C. PUGH has been appointed director/associate professor
of the urban learning academy of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
Before his appointment, he worked 18 years with the Philadelphia public
schools as a research associate and assistant to executive
administrators. Pugh earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from
Dartmouth College; a master’s degree in educational policy from Harvard
University; and a doctorate in educational administration and
leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
VERN SIMS has been named director of cultural and community affairs
at Robert Morris College in Chicago. She has been on the faculty since
1977 and taught English and communications. Sims earned a bachelor’s
degree in English Education, and a master’s degree in education, both
from the University of Illinois.
GARY M. KELSEY, director of admissions at the University of
Colorado-Boulder, was voted president-elect of the 6,500 member
National Association for College Admission Counseling effective January
1,1999. He formerly served as director of the division of minority
admissions and community affairs at Pennsylvania State University.
Kelsey earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny College;
and a master’s degree in student development and counseling from Howard
DR. EARLS. RICHARDSON, the president of Morgan State University,
has been selected as the new chairman of the President’s Board of
Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He has been a
member of the board since it was founded. Prior to taking the helm at
Morgan State, he was the assistant to the president of the University
of Maryland System and has held various administrative positions with
the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, where he had earned his
bachelor’s degree. Richardson also earned a master’s degree and a
doctorate of education, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
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