ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) Board of Regents named Marion Fedrick as president of the university on August 14, 2018.

According to an press release by the university, Fedrick has been serving as the Interim president of ASU since Jan. 12, 2018. Prior to that appointment, Fedrick served as ASU’s Interim executive vice president beginning Oct. 16, 2017.

“In my visits to Albany, I am encouraged by what I see, what I hear and what I experience,” Steve Wrigley, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia said. “In meetings with faculty, staff and students, it is clear Marion’s leadership has caught their attention and made them excited for the future both for themselves and their institution. Her leadership and commitment have made a difference for this institution, and I congratulate her.”

Since Fedrick assumed a leadership role at Albany State University, the institution has undertaken several initiatives, including ongoing improvements for students’ educational and campus experiences and a comprehensive effort with faculty to reimagine the university’s academics.

“I have said from the beginning that I am truly inspired by what the future holds for the students, faculty and staff at Albany State,” Fedrick said. “They are passionate and have worked hard toward making this a truly innovative institution. I thank them, as well as Chancellor Wrigley and the Board of Regents, for their belief in me and our team as we work toward that long-term success.”

Prior to Fedrick’s current role, she served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia, overseeing administration of all systemwide human resources initiatives, employee benefits programs and organizational and leadership development initiatives.

Fedrick received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional.

 

Melinda Spaulding Chevalier

HOUSTON, TX – Fox 26 KRIV anchor Melinda Spaulding Chevalier wrapped up a 13 year career and said goodbye to television news as the Texas Southern University Board of Regents unanimously confirmed her as the new Vice President of University Advancement during their quarterly meeting on August 18. Spaulding, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, will direct the university’s marketing, communications, development and alumni relations departments.

“We are elated to have a dynamic and seasoned professional join our university,” said TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “Melinda’s experiences across the public spectrum in Houston and the region will help TSU raise its profile on a national and global level. Texas Southern is honored to have her join our dedicated administration and the Tiger family.”

According to mikemcguff.com, Friends and family gathered for a goodbye party to celebrate all things Melinda at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Houston, Texas, on Friday, the same day the board named her to the position at TSU.

Spaulding was a member of KRIV-TV/Fox 26 news team for 13 years, co-anchoring the prime-time evening and night new broadcasts. She was a reporter and anchored morning updates at WGNO-TV, the ABC news affiliate in New Orleans. She was awarded an Emmy for Best Spot News Coverage and named Best Spot News Reporter for her work at WGNO by the regional Associated Press. Spaulding started her journalism career in New York as a member of the launch team for Entertainment Weekly Online and as the first editor-in-chief of Essence Online. She went on to become a writer and morning news producer at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, winning the Best News Writing award from the regional Associated Press, according to a press release from the university.

“It was a pleasure to have her working here, watch her grow and mature into a wonderful young woman who became one of our anchors, but also it’s wonderful to know she cam her to Houston not only to grow her career, but also meet her husband, Felix, and has two lovely children at this point.” said station VP/General Manager D’Artagnan Bebel.

Spaulding is a native of New Jersey and is a graduate of Howard University. She is a former board member of Family Houston and served on the advisory board for Pro Vision, Inc., an open-enrollment charter middle and high school in the Sunnyside community. She started the Dream Journal Academy to provide journals to area school children so they can write about their passions and dreams to bolster their education and personal aspirations.

Spaulding and her husband, Felix Chevalier, are the proud parents of a daughter, Landon and a son, Felix, II.

FRANKFORT, KY – Dr. M. Christopher Brown has been elected to serve as Kentucky State University’s 15th President announced by Dr. Karen Bearden, Chair of the University’s Board of Regents on Monday.
Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University. Dr. Brown is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Southern University and A&M System.Prior to accepting the KSU presidency, Dr. Brown served as President and Institutional Executive Officer at Alcorn State University. He has served in other executive and academic roles at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Alcorn State University, Fisk University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the United Negro College Fund.

According to the HBCU Digest, a HBCU media source, during Dr. Brown tenure at Alcorn State University the university earned accolades for HBCU of the Year and HBCU President of the Year in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The university made historic gains in enrollment, fundraising, faculty and student diversity building and community outreach through its cooperative extension programming in Vicksburg and Natchez.

“The Board of Regents agreed that Dr. Brown has the experience, credentials, and vision to build upon our strong foundation and lead Kentucky State University and our students to even greater achievement and academic excellence,” said Karen Bearden, Chair of KSU Board of Regents. “His selection comes at the conclusion of a spirited national search that included input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community supports. Dr. Brown is the right leader to bring of these groups together and set KSU on a path toward continued greatness.”

Dr. Brown will replace Dr. Aaron Thompson, who has served KSU’s interim president since May 2016.

“I am profoundly honored to be named president of Kentucky State University, a revered and important higher education institution that has blazed trails in academia, equality, and higher learning since its founding in 1886,” said Dr. Brown. “KSU has a dedicated faculty, staff, and student body, and I know that we will forge deep, respectful relationships that will fuel great partnerships to benefit and promote this esteemed institution.”

Kentucky State University will host meetings and receptions with faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, civic and business leaders, and lawmakers to introduce Dr. Brown to stakeholders within the KSU community.

“This support and input is vital to KSU’s successful transition but it won’t be a one-time situation,” said Dr. Brown. “I believe an ongoing inclusive, collaborative approach fosters a healthy and robust atmosphere where the positive exchange of ideas reaps real results.”

HCF stands with the Kentucky State University community in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Brown as the new president.

“It is very delighted to learn about the appointment of Dr. M. Christopher Brown as the new president of Kentucky State University. With a fine list of experience and credentials, Dr. Brown will steer KSU to illustriousness and the students to greater achievement and academic excellence. KSU is an illustrious HBCU institution that needs a secure leader who will and can build its institution forward through relationships with private sectors, companies and individuals who will continue to invest and sustain its historic serving as an HBCU in producing the leaders of the next generations to follow.” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., president and founder of HBCU Campaign Fund.

 

ABOUT KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students. For more information about Kentucky State University and their educational programs, visit www.kysu.edu.

 

 

 

FRANKFORT, KY – The Kentucky State University Board of Regents approved the slate of candidates and announced three finalists for the presidential search on Thursday, February 9, 2017, during a special meeting. The finalist are Dr. M. Christopher Brown, Justice Thomas Colbert, and Dr. Said Sewell. The Board of Regents anticipates making the final selection in March 2017.

Dr. M. Christopher Brown

Dr. M. Christopher Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University.

Dr. Brown is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Southern University and A&M System. Previously, he served as President and Institutional Executive Officer at Alcorn State University. He has served in other executive and academic roles at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Alcorn State University, Fisk University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the United Negro College Fund.

Dr. Brown has served in faculty roles at Southern University and A&M College System, Alcorn State University, Fisk University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and The Pennsylvania State University.

Justice Thomas Colbert

Justice Thomas Colbert holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, a M.Ed. from Eastern Kentucky University, and a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Kentucky State University.

Justice Colbert currently serves as the Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He previously served as the Vice Chief Justice. He has held the appointment of Chief Judge in the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

He is a former Assistant Dean at the School of Law at Marquette University. Justice Colbert also served as a teacher in the Chicago Public School System and in the criminal investigation division of the United States Army.

Justice Colbert has been inducted into the Kentucky State University Athletic Hall of Fame and the HBCU Hall of Fame.

Dr. Said Sewell

Dr. Said Sewell holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University, a M.P.A. in Public Policy from Texas Southern University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College.

Dr. Sewell is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln University. He has served in other executive and academic roles at Kent State University and Fort Valley State University.

He has served in faculty roles at Lincoln University, Kent State University, Fort Valley State University, University of Nebraska, University of West Georgia, Albany State University, Morehouse College, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Sewell has participated in opportunities for professional development at Harvard University, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the University System of Georgia.

You can continue to watch Kentucky State University’s Presidential Search by visiting www.kysu.edu/presidential-search for updates. All inquiries concerning the search, search process, or finalists should be submitted in writing to presidential.search@kysu.edu.

ABOUT KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University, affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year), degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advance practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,200 students.

HOUSTON, TX  –  Texas Southern University Board of Regents has named Austin A. Lane, who will served as the next university president.

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Dr. Austin A. Lane, vice chancellor at Lone Star College. Photo: Lone Star College

Lane served as vice-chancellor at Lone Star College with experience driving up enrollment. He currently helps run  a college system with seven campuses, served as president of Lane Star’s Montgomery campus for six years, from 2009 to 2016. Full-time enrollment at the school grew by 20 percent during that time to just more than 12,000 students.

The number of degrees awarded at the campus nearly doubled during his tenure, from 538 in 2009 to 1,016 in 2015, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Lane will succeed President John Rudley, who has led the school since 2008 and plans to step down in August.

During his tenure, Dr. Rudley has raised admissions standards, found ways to fund construction including a new dorm despite cuts in state funding, and pushed for other university improvements. Despite those successes, Rudley has butted heads with regents in recent months and the faculty senate passed a vote of no confidence in him.

According to source, despite the tension with regents and faculty, the university presented Rudley with a medal honor at the TSU graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Source: http://www.chron.com/about/article/Texas-Southern-University-picks-new-president-7517242.php