Ben Vinson III, Ph.D., a famend scholar of the African diaspora, has been named the 18th president of Howard College. On Could 1, 2023, Vinson was unanimously voted as the brand new president by the Howard College Board of Trustees.
Laurence C. Morse, chair of the board, expressed his pleasure about Vinson’s upcoming tenure as president.
“Each his tutorial analysis and the initiatives he’s championed as the next training chief have demonstrated his dedication to elevating the range of experiences of individuals of the African diaspora—a dedication that aligns effectively with Howard College’s mission and imaginative and prescient,” Morse mentioned in an announcement.
“His huge expertise and confirmed monitor report in tutorial management make him the perfect candidate to guide our esteemed establishment into the long run,” Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, outgoing president of Howard College added. “I’m assured that Howard will proceed to thrive below his steerage as a premier heart for increased studying and innovation.”
Returning to Washington D.C. the place he went to highschool, Vinson described his appointment as president of Howard as “the distinction of a lifetime.”
“Howard’s unbelievable legacy, its outstanding trajectory, mixed with the superb expertise of its school and employees, situate Howard on the uppermost echelons of upper training,” Vinson mentioned in an announcement. “I look ahead to returning to the DMV, which I take into account dwelling, and dealing with the broader campus neighborhood to fortify Howard and assist construct upon its unbelievable custom of delivering excellence, reality and repair to better humanity.”
Earlier than assuming the presidency of Howard, Dr. Ben Vinson previously served as provost and government vice chairman at Case Western Reserve College, the place he gave management to all points of the college’s analysis. He was the founding father of the Middle for Africana Research at John Hopkins College the place he was a professor of historical past. He additionally was dean of the Columbian School of Arts and Sciences at George Washington College and has served on the schools of Barnard School and Penn State College.
He obtained his undergraduate diploma (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth School and a Ph.D. from Columbia College.
Vinson is married to Yolanda M. Fortenberry, PhD, a biochemist and so they share three youngsters.