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Dr. Michael Blackwell is the new dean of the college of veterinary medicine at the University of Tennessee effective August 1.  Blackwell is chief of staff of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. He has previously served as deputy director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and as chief veterinarian of the U.S. Public Health Service, and he had a private veterinary practice for 22 years. Blackwell earned a bachelor’s in agricultural sciences from Tuskegee University, a master’s in public health from Loma Linda University and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree also from Tuskegee University.                                                                                                                                                        

Dr. Johnnie L. Early II has been named dean of the college of pharmacy at the University of Toledo. He comes to the college after having served as dean of two other colleges of pharmacy, Florida A&M University and most recently the Medical College of South Carolina. Early earned a bachelor’s in pharmacy, cum laude, from the Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, and a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from Purdue University.

Rosalyn Lake is the new associate vice president for development and university relations at Wilberforce University in Ohio. Most recently Lake was a community relations specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds company in Dayton, Ohio. Lake earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Wright State University and a master’s in administration at Central Michigan University.

Dr. Mildred Garcia has been selected to be vice provost for academic personnel at Arizona State University West. Garcia is an author and national authority on administration, faculty development and diversity in higher education. Prior to this position she was associate vice provost for academic affairs. Garcia earned a bachelor’s in business education from Barnard M. Baruch College, a master’s in business education and higher education from New York University, a second master’s in higher education administration and a doctorate in higher education administration, both from Columbia University Teachers College. 
Walter Mathis has been appointed business manager in the office of fiscal affairs at Stillman College in Alabama. Mathis came to Stillman with more than 21 years of experience and a distinguished career with the United States Air Force. Mathis earned a bachelor’s in history from Tuskegee University and a master’s in human resources from Webster’s College in Missouri.

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Charles A. Sippial Sr.  is the new vice president for administration at Texas A&M University. Previously Sippial served in the position on an interim basis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction science from Tuskegee University, and a master’s in systems management from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Leola Adams, dean of the school of applied professional sciences at South Carolina State University has been selected to serve as a delegate at the International Federation for Home Economics World Congress Assembly in Accra, Ghana, West Africa this summer.  The purpose of IFHE is to deal with issues of poverty, nutrition, population, laws and policies governing women, children, family life and other related social sciences. Adams earned a bachelor’s with honors in family and consumer sciences education from South Carolina State University, and a master’s and doctorate in family and consumer sciences education, both from Iowa State University.

Dr. David L. Briscoe, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock received the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Faculty Excellence Award in Public Service, and the Outstanding African-American Faculty Award from the Office of Campus Life and the United Black Student Association. Briscoe earned a bachelor’s in sociology and a master’s in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a doctorate in sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dr. Julius H. Jackson, a professor of microbiology at Michigan State University recently received the 2000 William A Hinton Research Training Award from the American Society for Microbiology. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions toward fostering the research training of under-represented minorities in microbiology. Jackson earned a bachelor’s and doctorate in microbiology from the University of Kansas. He was also a postdoctoral fellow in molecular biology, microbial physiology and genetics at Purdue University.

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