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Jackson State to Get New Leader

Ronald Mason Jr. has been named by the board of trustees to become the next president of Jackson State University in Mississippi effective Feb 1. He is currently executive director of the National Center for the Urban Community at Tulane and Xavier universities in New Orleans. Mason has 17 years experience in higher education, including service at Tulane as general counsel and senior vice president for finance and operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a juris doctorate, both from Columbia University.

Dr. Lula Collier has been named acting vice president of academic affairs at Jackson State University.  Previously, she was vice president for administration at Tennessee State University and most recently, was associate vice president of academic affairs. Collier holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from Lincoln University, a master’s in curriculum, instruction and urban education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction research methods, both from St. Louis University.

Gregory Lamar Eubanks has been named director of development and church relations at Stillman College in Alabama. He previously served as pastor of Pineview Presbyterian Church in Mississippi and college chaplain at Knoxville College. Eubanks earned two bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Stillman and in physical education from Alabama A&M University, and a master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Jacqueline Steward Hodges is the new dean for enrollment management and student services for the Wayne County Community College District in Michigan. Prior to this, she was associate dean for enrollment management. Hodges holds a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Michigan, a master’s in educational sociology and doctorate in education administration both from Wayne State University.

Dr. Toni-Marie Montgomery will become the new dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas. Montgomery, an internationally known pianist, was director of the school of music at Arizona State University. She earned a bachelor’s, magna cum laude, in music from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and a masters in piano chamber music and doctorate of musical arts from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Elisha J. Nixon has been named the new assistant dean of studies for first-year and junior students at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Previously she was a counselor in the multicultural resource center and a part-time instructor in Black and women’s studies at Penn State University. Nixon holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Geneva College and a master’s and doctorate in health education from Penn State University.

Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble   has been named vice president of community and minority programs for the Association of American Medical Colleges. She succeeds the late Herbert Nickens and comes to AAMC from the University of Wisconsin, where she was an associate professor and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Medicine. Gamble earned a bachelor’s in medical sociology and human biology from Hampshire College and a master’s and doctorate in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Corinne Anderson, a dean of the division of education, supervision and instruction at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, is one of 34 American Council on Education fellows for academic year 1999-2000. Anderson earned a bachelor’s from Northeastern Illinois University, a master’s in education from Georgia State University and a doctorate in education from Jackson State University.

Dr. Gerald Gill, a Tufts University history professor, was chosen as the 1999 Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He received the honor in 1995 as well. The recognition goes to professors with extraordinary dedication to teaching, commitment to students and innovative teaching methods. Gill earned a bachelor’s from Lafayette College and a master’s and doctorate from Howard University.

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