The Norfolk State University (NSU) Board of Visitors named Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston as the 7th President of Norfolk State University during Black History Month. The new president is expected to begin her tenure in June.

Currently, Adams-Gaston serves as senior vice president at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She has been at the state’s largest university since 2009.  Prior, Adams-Gaston held a variety of administrative and faculty positions at The University of Maryland, College Park, including associate dean of academic affairs, executive director of the institution’s Career Center and assistant athletic director.

Speaking on behalf of the board, NSU Rector Joan G. Wilmer said some of the new president’s priorities will be to focus on workforce development, improving the university’s graduation rate and establishing public and private partnerships that will solidify Norfolk State University as a global institution.

The inauguration of Dr. Lily D. McNair as the first female and eighth president of Tuskegee University was part of a week-long celebration in Tuskegee during  2019’s Women’s History Month. Dr. McNair was named president on May 8, 2018, after a six-month national search that began in the fall of 2017.

Last August, the University System of Maryland announced the appointment of Dr. Heidi Anderson, a first-generation student, as the next president of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, effective September 1, 2018. Previously, Anderson served as provost and vice president at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and the University of Kentucky. She helped grow enrollment, create opportunities for faculty, all the while demonstrating sound fiscal stewardship.

Ruth J. Simmons, whose background in higher education includes serving as the president of Brown University from July 2001 to June 2012 and serving as president of Smith College, where she started the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college, was named the eighth President of Prairie View A&M University in 2017.

Dr. Glenda Glover began serving as President of Tennessee State University on January 2, 2013. She was formerly dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University, where she spearheaded the implementation of the nation’s first Ph.D. in Business at a historically black college. She is a certified public accountant, an attorney, and is one of two African American women to hold the Ph.D.-CPA-JD combination in the nation.


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