Six African American Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties in Higher Education


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Kimberly Mayfield, an associate professor of education and dean of the School of Education at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, has been given the added duties of vice president for external relations and strategic partnerships. She became a full-time faculty member in 2001 and dean of the School of Education in 2017. Dr. Mayfield holds a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in learning and instruction from the University of San Francisco. Hugh Mighty, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and dean at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., was given the added duties of senior vice president for health affairs at the university. Dr. Mighty is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland and holds an MBA from Loyola University in Baltimore. Thelma Hurd has been appointed the inaugural Thondapu Family Endowed Chair in Medical Education at the University of California, Merced. In 2019, Dr. Hurd was appointed the director of the university’s medical education program after serving as a clinician, public health researcher, and translational scientist. Her research interests include health disparities and clinical oncology. Dr. Hurd is a graduate of Brown University...