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Women’s roles in future of Oman and region is focus of Kennesaw State international conference

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“Year of Arabian Peninsula” forum welcomes country’s leading women in government, education and health

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 29, 2014) — An international conference at Kennesaw State University Nov. 7 will examine the participation of women in the public life of Oman, a nation of some 3 million on the southeast Arabian Peninsula coast, where about one-third of civil servants are women and more women attend college than men.

What:

The all-day conference, “Women of Oman: Changing Roles and Transnational Influence,”will feature the perspectives of some of the country’s ranking government officials -- Oman’s ambassador to the U.S. and minister of higher education among them. Kennesaw State is partnering with the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center of Washington, D.C., to present the conference as part of its “Year of the Arabian Peninsula,” a yearlong study of the region. The conference and evening cultural performances are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who:

Among the featured speakers:

·       Hunaina Al Mughairy, ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States and the first woman to represent an Arab

        country as an ambassador to the U.S.;

·       Rawya Saud Al Busaidi, minister of higher education and the first woman appointed to ministerial rank;

·       Mona bint Fahad Al Said, assistant vice chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University in Oman;

·       Dr. Khoula Al Said, senior consultant of pediatric gastroenterology, Royal Hospital, Ministry of Health;

·       Unni Wikan, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo, and author of “Behind the Veil in Arabia: Women in Oman”

Featured performers:

·       The Oud (lute) Hobbyists Association

·       Al Najoom Dance Troupe

When & Where:

Conference – 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Prillaman Hall, Room 1000

Performance – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center

To view the agenda and register for the conference click here.

Reserve concert tickets at Kennesaw State University College of the Arts; click on KSU Special Events.

 

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.

 

 

Kennesaw State University Foundation names new chair, honors individuals for outstanding service

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Jo Ann Chitty of Selig Enterprises, Inc. to lead KSU Foundation  

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 24, 2014) — Jo Ann Chitty, senior vice president of Selig Enterprises, Inc., has been named chair of the Kennesaw State University Foundation.

Chitty succeeds Connie L. Engel, who served as chair of the Foundation since October 2012. The KSU Foundation, which has existed for the past 45 years of the University’s 51-year history, has been instrumental in Kennesaw State’s remarkable growth through real-estate acquisitions and construction, funding of student scholarships and other necessary financial support.

As senior vice president at Selig Enterprises, Chitty is responsible for the company’s acquisitions, development and project finance. Prior to joining Selig in 2005, she served as founding executive director and president of the UGA Real Estate Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created as a public/private entity to acquire, develop and finance real estate projects for the University of Georgia. She handled more than $200 million in real estate assets during her five-year tenure.

Prior to her appointment as KSU Foundation chair, Chitty served as vice chair as well as chair of the Foundation’s real estate committee.  Chitty has earned three Foundation awards during her six-year tenure as a trustee.

In one of her first duties as Foundation chair, Chitty joined Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp in presenting the Foundation’s Board of Trustee’s annual awards, which recognized five individuals who provided outstanding service and contributions to the University. The 2014 awards were presented during the Foundation’s Board of Trustees’ annual dinner in Atlanta in October:

The 2014 Clarice C. Bagwell Medal for Distinguished Service was presented to Thomas W. Hughes, consultant and part-owner of National Electronic Attachment, Inc. A Foundation trustee for three years, he also has served on the alumni board, the football exploratory board and the Michael J. Coles College of Business advisory board. He is a Kennesaw State MBA alumnus and recently established the Hughes Leadership and Career Program in the Coles College.

The 2014 Erwin Zaban Prize for Entrepreneurial Spirit was presented toTheodore L. Parrish, principal and director of investments for The Henssler Financial Group, for his work on the Investment Policy Task Force, which led the way for the KSU Foundation to reallocate investment strategies and select a new investment management firm to manage the Foundation’s portfolio. He is a KSU alumnus and chair of the Foundation’s gift acceptance committee.

The 2014 Chairman’s Award was presented to Hollister (Holly) A. Hill, partner for Troutman Sanders LLP, who has been a champion for both Kennesaw State University and the Board of Trustees. She has served on the executive committee, the conflict of interest committee, the nominating and governance committee, and currently is chair of the Foundation’s faculty recognition committee.

The 2014 Horace W. Sturgis Award was presented to Mitzi Moore,president of Sundial Plumbing,for her role in establishing a new initiative for the Foundation. Moore created and built the potential trustee nomination process and new trustee onboarding process. She also co-chairs the nominating and governance committee and serves on the Foundation’s executive committee. 

The 2014 Kalafut Award for Exceptional Services was presented to its inaugural winner, George W. Kalafut, the immediate past chair of the Foundation’s finance committee. Created this year, the award recognized Kalafut’s 22 years of exceptional service as an advocate for the University and for personally funding a scholarship in the Coles College of Business.

The Kennesaw State Foundation was founded by 23 businessmen from five Georgia counties in 1969, six years after Kennesaw Junior College was chartered.  The Foundation has been instrumental in Kennesaw State’s remarkable growth through scholarships, real estate acquisitions and construction, faculty recognition, and other necessary financial support.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.

Kennesaw State ranks among top 100 institutions conferring the most degrees to minority students

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Twelve KSU programs also ranked in top 50 according to degrees conferred by discipline

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 23, 2014) — Kennesaw State University continues to rank among the nation’s top degree producers of minority students, according to a special report recently published by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. This is the fourth consecutive year Kennesaw State was included in the publication’s rankings.

The national magazine’s annual “Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers” report recognized Kennesaw State as a top producer of college degrees conferred to African-American students. KSU also was recognized as a leading institution for African-American students graduating within seven different academic categories and ranked among the top institutions for Asian-Americans majoring in education.

“We are pleased to earn this national recognition for our commitment to campus diversity,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “Diversity and inclusion, in all their forms, are important tenets of our institution, which we strive to see embraced and valued by every member of our community.”

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s list of top 100 degree producers showcases U.S. colleges’ and universities’ success in awarding degrees to African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native-American students. In determining its rankings, Diverse uses the most recent enrollment data from the U.S. Department of Education as submitted by each institution.

In fall 2013, minority students accounted for about 33 percent of Kennesaw State’s more than 24,600 undergraduate and graduate students. African-American students represent 17 percent (4,269), Hispanic students account for 7 percent (1,793) and Asian-American students comprise 4 percent (991) of KSU’s total student population. Four percent classify themselves as multiracial.

KSU ranked among the highest producer of graduates in specific disciplines, including education for students who self-identified as two or more races, and mathematics and statistics for African-Americans.

Overall, the university was ranked in the categories of undergraduate degree production for African-American students; Asian-American students graduating with a degree in education; African-American students graduating with a degree in accounting and related services; African-American students graduating with a degree in finance; African-American students graduating with a degree in communication, journalism and related programs; minority students graduating with a degree in education; African-American students graduating with a degree in education; African-American students graduating with a degree in parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; and African-American students graduating with a degree in computer and information sciences and support services.

The degree programs noted in the rankings are among the most popular at KSU. In the 2013-2014 academic year, KSU awarded more than 3,500 baccalaureate degrees. Of those, business, communication, education, psychology, criminal justice, integrative biology and applied exercise and health science majors accounted for approximately 60 percent of the graduates.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.

University System of Georgia honors Kennesaw State professor for teaching excellence

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Pam Marek among top teachers receiving 2014 Regents’ Award

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 22, 2014) — Kennesaw State University psychology professor Pam Marek is among three recipients of the University System of Georgia’s 2014 Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, the state’s most prestigious honor for higher education teachers.

Marek will receive the Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award at a ceremony in March along with two other recipients of the teaching excellence award. She was recognized for her strengths in teaching and working with students in advisement, mentoring, and undergraduate research.  Her professional development and scholarship of teaching and learning were also cited. 

“This award is indeed a major milestone in my career and a further inspiration to continue my involvement in the scholarship of teaching and learning,” Marek said. “As a teacher, my overarching goals are to expand students’ minds in ways that encourage questioning and increase understanding of multiple perspectives in the context of a supportive, learner-centered environment. I also aim to reinforce and develop the reading, writing, and quantitative skills that are an integral part of higher education.” 

Marek earned her master’s and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Kennesaw State’s faculty in 2005, she taught at St. Michael's College in Vermont and at Anderson College in South Carolina. She serves as an associate editor for Teaching of Psychology and regularly participates in presentations at teaching-related conferences, such as the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology.

In conjunction with students and colleagues, she has published research related to materialistic values, affluence cues, and the work ethic, in journals including Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, and Individual Differences Research. Sheis a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Southeastern Psychological Association.

The USG annually presents Regents’ excellence awards to faculty members from among its 31 member institutions. In addition to the three 2014 teaching excellence awards, honors are also presented to two faculty members for excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning and for online teaching excellence. An annual award also is presented to one outstanding program systemwide. Marek was among 30 faculty members nominated for the 2014 individual faculty awards.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.

 

Kennesaw State University Sports + Entertainment Park hosts two-day Owl-O-Ween

Owl-O-Ween at Kennesaw State University Sports + Entertainment Park

Atlanta’s only hot air balloon festival Oct. 25-26 expected to attract crowd of 35,000-40,000

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 17, 2014) — Kennesaw State University Sports + Entertainment Park will host the second annual Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival Oct. 25-26. Atlanta's only hot air balloon event is also billed as Atlanta's largest costume party and features tethered balloon rides.

This spectacular event attracted more than 20,000 attendees last year and has now expanded the number of balloons and attractions. It will be open two days to accommodate an expected 35,000 - 40,000 people.

Owl-O-Ween will feature more than 50 vendors, food trucks, 25 artisans and a special interactive children’s area. Entertainment will be provided by stilt walkers, fire breathers, ice sculptors, belly dancers, sword swallowers, roving buskers and art vendors. There will also be an Oktoberfest-inspired food court with German-themed entertainment and craft beer gardens. A choreographed hot air balloon glow will occur from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Oct. 25 and from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Cobb Travel and Tourism will be hosting the Costume Showdown both days, and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, especially those participating in the hot air balloon trick-or-treating experience. Contest participants can campaign to gain votes through Facebook and Twitter. Celebrity judges will award contestants prizes ranging from cash to hotel packages.

“Sponsors make this community event possible. It is exciting to see so many people come together for such a fun festival,” said Marty Elliott, executive director of the sports and entertainment park.

The festival will transform the 88-acre KSU Sports + Entertainment Park and the 8,300-seat stadium into a mystical wonderland. “The beauty of hot air balloons glowing in the night really can’t be described; this is a must-see-to-believe experience,” said Andrew Miller, president of AeroSports Promotions Marketing, whose team booked the hot air balloonists for Owl-O-Ween.

All tickets are general admission and are free for children under the age of three, $5 for children age 12 and under and $12 for adults when purchased by Oct. 17. Prices will increase to $8 for children and $15 for adults on Oct. 18. Tickets are available at www.ticketalternative, www.owl-o-ween.com, at Kennesaw State University’s on-campus bookstore or at the KSU Fifth Third Bank Stadium box office at 3000 George Busbee Pkwy., NW, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The KSU Stadium box office information line is: 770-794-7810.

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Kennesaw State scores at top in nationwide curriculum study for fourth consecutive year

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American Council of Trustees and Alumni gives KSU an “A” for its high-quality core curriculum

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 17, 2014) — Kennesaw State University is among a select group of 23 colleges and universities that scored an “A” for its high-quality core curriculum in a nationwide study on the state of general education released this week by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

This is the fourth year that Kennesaw State earned an “A” in the annual “What Will They Learn?” report. In this year’s study, KSU was one of five schools in Georgia – Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Southern University, Morehouse College and University of Georgia – to receive a top score, according to the Washington, D.C.-based American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an independent, nonprofit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability at America’s colleges and universities.

Schools are assigned a letter grade ranging from “A” to “F” based on how many of the seven core subjects they require: composition, U.S. government or history, economics, literature, math, natural or physical science and foreign language. “A” schools were those that require a course in at least six out of the seven academic subjects.

“This is an honor for Kennesaw State’s core curriculum to be recognized among the top 2 percent of the nation’s higher education institutions,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our core curriculum was designed to provide a broadly based, strong and coherent program that offers a well-rounded educational outcome for every KSU graduate. This award recognizes that our students are acquiring the knowledge and skills to thrive in today’s diverse, global society.”

According to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, more than 60 percent of all institutions received a “C” or worse for requiring three or fewer subjects, allowing students to graduate with major gaps in their academic skills and knowledge. Fewer than 20 percent of institutions require U.S. government or history, and 30 percent do not require college-level mathematics.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 26,000 from 130 countries.

Kennesaw State University provides pathway for Chattahoochee Tech culinary students

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New agreement gives two-year grads seamless transition toward four-year degree

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 15, 2014) — Students graduating with a two-year degree in culinary studies from Chattahoochee Technical College will now have a pathway to a four-year degree at Kennesaw State University through a new articulation agreement approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia during its October meeting.

“This agreement enables Kennesaw State to provide culinary graduates from Chattahoochee Tech with a smooth and easy transition toward completing their four-year degree,” said Kennesaw State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Harmon. “As students in Kennesaw’s Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality program, they will build on their education, fine-tune their skills and gain valuable knowledge that will further prepare them for success in the burgeoning hospitality industry.”

According to the National Restaurant Association, the state’s restaurant industry is projected to generate $16 billion in sales this year, and accounts for more than 405,000 jobs, or 10 percent of the workforce in Georgia.

Through the agreement, interested graduates from Chattahoochee Technical College’s new Associate of Science degree program in culinary will be able to enroll in Kennesaw State’s Bachelor of Science in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality program as rising juniors, provided students meet the University’s transfer admissions requirements for the program.

 “Chattahoochee Technical College is thrilled to partner with KSU to provide a pathway for students from our exemplary Culinary program into KSU’s one-of-a-kind degree in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality,” said Trina Boteler, executive vice president at Chattahoochee Technical College. “By working together on articulation agreements like this one, we will continue to move toward a seamless process for students to further their post-secondary education.”

Kennesaw State’s Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality program offers a unique approach to the study of culinary and hospitality management, infusing the curriculum with knowledge in sustainability, while also emphasizing food science, nutritional analysis, resource conservation, and essential business skills and abilities. The bachelor’s degree program moves the farm-to-table concept from the plate to the bottom line, looking at the economic advantages of implementing sustainable practices throughout the food service industry.

“The culinary and hospitality job outlook continues to thrive in Georgia and the U.S.,” said Christian Hardigree, director of Kennesaw State’s Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. “The food and restaurant industry is no longer concerned only about making top dollar, but doing it in a way that benefits sustainability practices which are now commonplace, such as farm-to-table dining. Our program is designed to teach these culinary concepts to stay ahead of changing market trends.”

For more information, visit http://icsh.kennesaw.edu.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.

University System of Georgia chancellor conducts annual visit at Kennesaw State

USG Chancellor Henry "Hank" M. Huckaby

Kennesaw State helps host 2014 Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards ceremony

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 13, 2014) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp welcomed University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby to campus last week for the chancellor’s annual visit, which came amidst KSU Founders Day and Homecoming 2014 celebrations.

During his visit, which included a lunch with students, faculty and staff at the LeoDelle and Lex Jolley Lodge, Huckaby met with Papp and his cabinet and engaged in dialogues with faculty and students.

In addition to his visit, Papp welcomed several presidents from other USG institutions who were on hand for the 2014 Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards, which were held at Kennesaw State’s Prillaman Hall. The awards are given annually to recognize outstanding customer service throughout the system’s 31 colleges and universities.

Huckaby, who was installed in May 2011 as the system’s 12th chancellor, said the value of good customer service is central to the USG’s mission.

“I think we’re in an environment now that values service excellence in everything we do. We have a responsibility to inculcate that into everything we do and into every person who works with us,” Huckaby said. “Everyone deserves to be treated as important and valued.

“Everyone on campus, from the gentleman who cuts the grass to the faculty member to the provost’s office – all of us have to understand and expect that we have skin in the game. We all have a role to play. We all have to recognize that we are here to serve the citizens of the state and to help them reach their educational goals.

“It’s a much more student-focused, student-centric world. It’s an exciting concept, and it’s where I get my will to keep going every day, what’s happening right here on this campus,” Huckaby said.

Papp said the essence of providing excellent service and a quality educational experience lies in hiring the right people for the job and giving them the tools they need to succeed.

“The key is to hire good people and then get out of their way,” Papp said. “That’s the real secret to running a successful organization.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 26,000 from 130 countries.

Contact: Robert S. Godlewski, 470-578-3448, rgodlews@kennesaw.edu

 

Kennesaw State vice president honored for improving educational outcomes for black males

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Arlethia Perry-Johnson among inaugural class of “Warrior Award” inductees

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 7, 2014) — Kennesaw State University Vice President of External Affairs Arlethia Perry-Johnson was honored at an awards ceremony on Oct. 4 by the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, where she was among the first eight inductees into the inaugural class of “Warrior Awards” recipients. She also was the only female to receive the inaugural award.

The Warrior Awards are distinctions given by the organizers of the international colloquium to individuals who have provided longstanding service, commitment and leadership focused on the most difficult challenges that face black males in education globally.

Perry-Johnson was recognized for her commitment to increasing the attendance and graduation rates for black males in Georgia, and her vision to serve as the founding director of the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI). During her past 12 years as project director, Perry-Johnson has helped grow the nationally recognized initiative to 27 campuses statewide.

Launched in the summer of 2002 by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, AAMI focuses on increasing the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of black men within the USG’s 31 public colleges and universities. AAMI achieves its goals through an array of programs that foster academic achievement, including advising, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development, learning communities, and student-engagement initiatives, among other programmatic activities.

“I am truly humbled by this award and am very appreciative of the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education’s convening scholars – University of Wisconsin’s Dr. Jerlando Jackson and Ohio State’s Dr. James Moore – for being recognized among their inaugural class of honorees,” said Perry-Johnson. “The University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative has made tremendous strides in addressing educational challenges faced by black males in attending college. It’s great to work with so many wonderful people who are deeply committed to impacting lives in such a positive way.”

In 2012, Perry-Johnson also was named by the national publication, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, as one of 25 women leaders who are making a difference across the country.

Prior to joining Kennesaw State University in 2006, Perry-Johnson served as the associate vice chancellor for media and publications and chief spokesperson for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia from 1995 through 2006. She initially joined Kennesaw State as special assistant to the president for external affairs and was named vice president for external affairs in August 2010.

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Pictured from left: Jerlando F. L. Jackson (Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Director, Wei LAB; Co-Chair, ICBME); Ron Taylor (Former Vice Provost for Multicultural Affairs and Director of the African American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut); Mac A. Stewart (Former Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University; Founder, Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male); Roy Jones (Executive Director, Call Me MISTER, Clemson University); James Earl Davis (Professor and Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education, and Interim Dean, School of Education, Temple University); Gregory A. Vincent (Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin); Arlethia Perry-Johnson; Melvin C. Terrell (Former Vice President for Student Affairs, Northeastern Illinois University); and James L. Moore III (EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, The Ohio State University; Associate Vice Provost in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Inaugural Director, Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male; Co-Chair, ICBME)

 

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