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David Wilson

Academic administrator David Wilson was born on November 2, 1954 in McKinley, Alabama to Minnie and Henry Wilson. He graduated from Marengo County Training School in Thomaston, Alabama and went on to attend the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama where he received his B.S. degree and M.Ed. degree in 1977 and 1979, respectively. He later received another M.Ed. degree and his Ed.D. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1984 and 1987, respectively.

In 1984, Wilson served as director of the Office of Minority Programs and as a program officer at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. He then became a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Administrative Fellow, serving as an executive assistant to the vice president for business affairs and finance at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. After graduate school, Wilson became associate provost at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and was later promoted to assistant provost in 1990. In 1995, Wilson became the first African American vice president for university outreach and associate provost at Auburn University. He was also the first African American to hold a senior administrative appointment at a predominantly white university in the State of Alabama. In 2006, Wilson was hired as the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the University of Wisconsin Colleges, as the first person in Wisconsin to serve as chancellor of two statewide institutions simultaneously. In 2010, Wilson was appointed the tenth president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2013, Wilson helped launch Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication. He also oversaw the completion of the university’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management Building in 2016. In 2018, Wilson announced Morgan State University’s collaboration with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Wilson to serve on the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs. He also served on the Hall of Records Commission, the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Governing Board, Greater Baltimore Committee, United Way of Central Maryland, Inc., the Northeast Maryland Higher Education Advisory Board, the Student Transfer Advisory Committee, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and in 2018, Wilson was elected to the board of directors for the Lumina Foundation.

Wilson is the recipient of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellowship and was named one of the nation’s top 100 leaders in higher education by the American Association of Higher Education in 1998. In 2010, the reading room at UW Center for Civic Engagement at UW-Marathon County was named in his honor. He was also selected as one of The Daily Record newspaper’s Influential Marylanders and was honored by the University of Alabama with an award for outstanding leadership in engaged scholarship in 2011. In 2018, Wilson received the First Citizen Award by the Maryland Senate.

Wilson has one son, Nyere.

David Wilson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 18, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.004

Sex

Male

Interview Date

1/18/2019

Last Name

Wilson

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

David

Birth City, State, Country

McKinley

HM ID

WIL89

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Any Beach

Favorite Quote

In the Vernacular

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Speakers Bureau Region State

Maryland

Birth Date

11/2/1954

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Baltimore

Favorite Food

Shrimp

Short Description

Academic administrator David Wilson (1954 - ) was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the University of Wisconsin Colleges and became the tenth president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Favorite Color

Blue

Thomas A. Parham

Academic administrator Thomas A. Parham was born on October 2, 1954 in St. Albans, Queens, New York to William and Sadie Parham. After graduating from Daniel Murphy High School in Los Angeles, California in 1972, he earned his B.A. degree in social ecology in 1977 from the University of California, Irvine, his M.A. degree in counseling psychology in 1978 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1982.

Parham served as assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, from 1982 to 1985. He joined the administration at the University of California, Irvine in 1985; and, served as an adjunct faculty member. There, he held several positions over thirty-three years including: assistant vice chancellor for counseling and health services; Counseling Center director; Career and Life Planning Center director; and vice chancellor for student affairs.

In 1986, he was appointed to the City of Irvine’s Human Relations Committee, and helped draft their first human rights ordinance, which was passed by the city council. He also served as chair of UCI’s Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium and worked to expand the university boundaries within the community and the greater Orange County area. Parham was appointed the 11th president of California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2018.

Parham served as a licensed psychologist for over twenty-seven years, and is also recognized as a scholar and practitioner, with a research focus in the area of psychological negrescence, specifically on identity development, African psychology, and multicultural counseling. In addition to writing over forty-five journal articles and/or book chapters, he authored Psychological Storms: The African American Struggle for Identity in 1997 and Counseling Persons of African Descent: Raising the Bar of Practitioner Competence in 2002. He co-authored Culturally Adaptive Counseling Skills: Demonstrations of Evidence-Based Practices in 2011 and The Psychology of Blacks: Centering Our Perspectives in the African Consciousness in 2011.

His works on video are available through the American Psychological Association including; Counseling African Americans, Youth and Violence, and Innovative Approaches to Counseling African Descent People available through Microtraining & Associates, and Working with African American Clients.

An alumnus of the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program, Parham has fellow status in divisions seventeen and forty-five of the American Psychological Association and also with the American Counseling Association. He has held the title of distinguished psychologist in the Association of Black Psychologists.

Parham served as president of the National Association of Black Psychologists and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. He served on the editorial board for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Journal of Counseling and Development, and served as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology. Parham served as a treating clinician for the NFL program for substance of abuse (NFLPSA). 

He was the recipient of the 2018 Illustrious Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program.

Thomas A. Parham was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 14, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.229

Sex

Male

Interview Date

12/14/2018

Last Name

Parham

Maker Category
Middle Name

A.

Organizations
First Name

Thomas

Birth City, State, Country

St. Albans, Queens

HM ID

PAR13

Favorite Season

Summer

State

New York

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

Life at it's Best is a Creative Synthesis

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Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

10/2/1954

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Favorite Food

Seafood

Short Description

Academic administrator Thomas A. Parham (1954- ) was named president of California State University, Dominguez Hills. He previously served as vice chancellor at University of California, Irvine.

Favorite Color

Blue

J. Keith Motley

Academic administrator J. Keith Motley was born on January 28, 1956 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to John Jr. and Cornelia Motley. He attended James E. Rogers Elementary School and graduated in 1972 from Peabody High School in Pittsburgh. In 1972, Motley was recruited by legendary hall of fame coach Jim Calhoun and assistant coach and recruiter Mike Jarvis to play Division 1 basketball at Northeastern University in Boston. Named team captain, Motley played four years at Northeastern and received his B.S. degree in education, speech pathology and audiology in 1978; and his M.Ed. degree in higher education administration in 1981, both from Northeastern University. He went on to receive his Ph.D. degree in education administration from Boston College, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 1999.

Upon graduating, Motley was hired as an admissions counselor at Northeastern, and also as a part-time assistant coach for the Huskies basketball team. In 1980, he served as an intern in the Office of Senior Vice President for University Administration. He also became assistant dean of minority affairs in 1982. In 1987, Motley became associate dean and director for the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute and served as associate head coach where he helped to lead the Huskies to seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 1989, Motley served as founder and director for Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc. Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self Development, a Saturday academy-focused on Black males. In 1993, Motley was named Northeastern University dean of student services; and in 1996, Motley helped to establish the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. In 2003, Motley joined the University of Massachusetts at Boston as vice chancellor for student affairs. He was then named interim chancellor for the university in 2004, and served as vice president for business and public affairs. In 2006, his role was expanded to vice president for business marketing and public affairs. Then, in 2007, Motley was named chancellor for the University of Massachusetts Boston and served in that capacity until 2017. In 2018, the university established the Dr. J. Keith Motley Chair to Head New Sports Leadership and Administration Program in his honor.

Motley was inducted into the Northeastern University Hall of Fame in 1999. He is the recipient of numerous honors and recognition including: Business Journal, Power 50 Most Influential Bostonians, for five consecutive years-2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016; Harvard Club of Boston, Friends of Education Award, in 2014; John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Vision Award, in 2015; Boston NAACP, WEB Du Bois Distinguished Service Award, in 2016; and Emerson College President’s Award for Civic Engagement in 2017.

Motley and his wife Angela are the parents of three adult children including Keith, Kayla
and Jordan.

J. Keith Motley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 18, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.219

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/18/2018

Last Name

Motley

Maker Category
Middle Name

Keith

Organizations
First Name

J.

Birth City, State, Country

Pittsburgh

HM ID

MOT01

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Carribbean

Favorite Quote

It's a small thing to a giant.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

1/28/1956

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Bosonton

Favorite Food

Fish

Short Description

Academic Administrator J. Keith Motley (1956- ) was the eighth chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he served from 2007 to 2017.

Favorite Color

Blue

Reginald L. Jackson

Visual artist and professor Reginald L. Jackson was born in 1945 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Springfield Technical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1961 and received his A.A. degree in graphic arts, printing and photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York in 1965. He studied art for two years at Paier College of Art in Hamden Connecticut before enrolling at Yale University, where he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in graphic design, film and photography in 1970. He obtained his M.S.W. degree in policy and planning from SUNY Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York in 1976, and his Ph.D. degree in communications and visual anthropology from the Union Institute in 1979. He completed post-graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the department of urban studies and planning in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jackson was a founding member of the Black Workshop in 1968, a group of African American graduate students studying architecture, city planning and graphic design at Yale University. He later joined the faculty at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1974. Jackson’s photographic work was presented in the “African Extensions: A Photographic Search for African Survivals in the Americas” exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine in 1981. In 1986, Jackson established Olaleye Communications, Inc. to document, create, and distribute educational, visual, and cultural information pertaining to African retentions in the Americas.

His work was featured in Black Boston: documentary photography and the African-American experience. Jackson was chosen as a Simmons College Man of the Year in 2007. Jackson also served as the chair of visual communications, dean of international relations, and academic vice president at the African University College of Communications in Accra, Ghana from 2008 to 2012.

Jackson’s work and papers are held at The Yale University Art Gallery, The Boston Athenaeum, the Library of Congress, MIT Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bowdoin Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art and Simmons University and Amherst Colleges.

Jackson’s board affiliations, memberships and tenured honors include: the Boston Pan-African Forum, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, artist emeritus at Northeastern University's African American Master Artists in Residence Program, emeritus professor of communications at Simmons University, Society of Senior Ford Fellows and fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.

He has received numerous academic awards including a Fulbright Fellowship, Ford Foundation grants and fellowships from the Smithsonian Institute, University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reginald L. Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 15, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.208

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/15/2018

Last Name

Jackson

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Reginald

Birth City, State, Country

Springfield

HM ID

JAC47

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Massachusetts

Favorite Vacation Destination

Any Place Warm

Favorite Quote

Lets keep it rolling

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

1/10/1945

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Favorite Food

Avocado

Short Description

Visual artist and professor Reginald L. Jackson (1945- ) served as professor at Simmons College and served as dean of international relations and vice president at the African University College of Communications in Accra, Ghana from 2008 to 2012.

Favorite Color

Red and Green

Jerry Sue Thornton

Academic administrator Jerry Sue Thornton was born on January 16, 1947 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to Clarence and Dorothy Pritchett. She attended the J. W. Million Elementary School, and graduated from Earlington High School. Thornton received her B.A. degree in English and speech from Murray State College in 1969, and her M.A. degree in communications from Murray State University in 1970. She attended Northern Illinois University, and earned her Ph.D. degree in educational administration at The University of Texas at Austin in 1983. She attended Harvard University’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education in 1988.

Thornton taught at Earlington Junior High School, in Earlington, Kentucky, in 1969, and at Murray High School, in Murray, Kentucky, in 1970. The following year, she moved to River Grove, Illinois, where she became an English faculty member at Triton College. She was promoted to assistant dean of arts and sciences at Triton College in 1978. In 1985, she became president of Lakewood Community College (now Century College) in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Thornton moved to Cleveland, Ohio to serve as the first female president of Cuyahoga Community College in 1992. During her tenure, enrollment grew 40 percent, and she led $300 million worth of renovation and construction projects, also increasing the college’s foundation from $1.3 million to $40 million. In June 2013, Thornton retired as president of Cuyahoga Community College and became president of DreamCatcher Education Consulting, where she coached first-time and incoming community college and medium-size university presidents.

Thornton’s board service included membership on the board of Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc., National City Bank, Bridgestreet Worldwide, Inc., Republic Powdered Metals, Inc., American Family Insurance, FirstEnergy Corporation, Office Max, Barnes and Noble Education, Inc., and Parkwood Corporation; in addition to serving as co-chair of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, on the board of visitors of the Marine Corps University, and on the Community College Advisory Board of Dynamic Campus, among others. Thornton’s numerous awards and honors include four honorary doctorates – from the College of St. Catherine, Youngstown State University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland State University. She was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, and was awarded the American Council on Education Fellows’ Mentor of the Year Award, the 2014 American Association of Community Colleges’ Community College Leadership Award, the Diverse Champions Award by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2014 Community Service Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2013, Thornton was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. In 2018, she received the City of Cleveland’s Heritage Award, and, from the First Tee of Cleveland, the Del deWendt Award.

Jerry Sue Thornton and her husband, Walter, live in Moreland Hills, Ohio. She has two step-daughters: Kathy and Karen with four grandchildren: Sam, Jack, Alex and Kathryn.

Jerry Sue Thornton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 27, 2014.

Accession Number

A2018.197

Sex

Female

Interview Date

9/27/2018

Last Name

Thornton

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Jerry Sue

HM ID

THO29

Favorite Season

Fall

Favorite Vacation Destination

Pueblo Vallarta, Mexico

Favorite Quote

There’s No Elevator To The Top, It’s One Step At A Time.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

1/16/1947

Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Favorite Food

Meatloaf

Short Description

Academic administrator Jerry Sue Thornton (1947- ) served as president of Lakewood Community College from 1985 to 1992, when she became the first female president of Cuyahoga Community College.

Favorite Color

Green

Deborah Jackson

Academic administrator and nonprofit executive Deborah Jackson was born in 1952. She enrolled at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, but transferred to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she received her B.A. degree in 1974, and her M.S. degree in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1975.

Jackson began her career as a policy analyst and then was promoted to deputy director of the Health Care and Income Security Group at Abt Associates Inc. Jackson then worked as the executive director of the Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center. In 1989, she became the first female and African American president and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc., From there, Jackson was hired as the senior vice president for Network Development and Community Service at Boston Children’s Hospital. She went on to become the vice president for program at the Boston Foundation, where she managed the $50 million grant and initiatives program. In 2002, Jackson was named CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. During her time there, she led the organization to increase its coverage area. In 2011, Jackson was selected president of Cambridge College.

Jackson was selected a Barr Foundation fellow in 2009, and a fellow at Harvard University's Advanced Leadership Initiative Program. Jackson received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Curry College in 2014. She was a senior fellow at Boston University's Graduate School of Business/Institute for Non-profit Management and Leadership; and a fellow of the British-American Project of Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.

She served on the American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council, and as the lead director of the board of directors for Eastern Bank. She was a board member of the American Student Assistance Corporation for over fifteen years, as well as serving on the boards of Roxbury Community College, Boston College Carroll School of Management Advisory Board, Northeastern University Corporation, Milton Academy and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Jackson has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management, Boston Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Women in Boston,” El Planeta Newspaper’s “100 Most Influential People for Latinos,” and she has been inducted into the Women’s Business Hall of Fame.

She and her husband, architect L. Duane Jackson, have two sons: Leigh Jackson and Jeffrey Jackson.

Deborah Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 23, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.166

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/23/2018

Last Name

Jackson

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Deborah

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia

HM ID

JAC46

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Favorite Quote

God Please Grant Me The Courage To Change The Things I Can, The Patience To Accept The Things I Cannot, And Most Of All, The Wisdom To Know The Difference.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

1/14/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Chicken

Short Description

Academic administrator and nonprofit executive (1952- ) was selected president of Cambridge College in 2011. In 2002, Jackson was named CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay after serving as the first female and African American president and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Charities, Inc.

Favorite Color

Pink

Marcheta Evans

Academic administrator Marcheta Evans was born on July 10, 1959 in Mobile, Alabama to Sylvia Porter and James Luter. She graduated from H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. in 1976 and attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and received her B.S. in psychology with a minor in history, a M.A. degree in rehabilitation counseling and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Alabama and M.A.Ed. degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Evans joined the faculty at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama in 1993 and worked there until 1998, at which point she joined the University of Texas System. A year later, she became the program coordinator and graduate advisor for the counseling program at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). In 2002, she founded the Women’s Resource Center at UTSA; and, in 2004, she was named chair of the counseling, educational psychology and adult and higher education department. During her time at UTSA, Evans contributed to the response to Hurricane Katrina and co-led an annual student re-enactment of the Freedom Rides. In 2008, she became provost fellow for the UT system. In 2013, Evans was appointed dean of the School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She also began serving as vice president of academic affairs at the institution. After three years in these positions, Evans was promoted to the position of provost of Our Lady of the Lake University.

In 2009, Evans was elected as the fifty-ninth president of the American Counseling Association. She has consulted for organizations such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and has served on the development board for the Carver Community Cultural Center. Evans worked with USAID in Malawi and has served as a consultant for various United Way agencies focused on issues of diversity, inclusion and leadership. She has also chaired and served as a committee member of San Antonio’s MLK Scholarship Committee. In 2016, she was awarded the ACA Presidential Award from the American Counseling Association. Evans also served as past president of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, chair of the Carver Cultural Community Development Board, fellow for the American Counseling Association, and past president of the Alabama Counseling Association.

Marcheta Evans was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 9, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.131

Sex

Female

Interview Date

6/9/2018

Last Name

Evans

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

University of Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Howard D. Woodson Senior High School

First Name

Marcheta

Birth City, State, Country

Mobile

HM ID

EVA10

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

Attitude Determines Altitude.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Birth Date

7/10/1959

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

San Antonio

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Beef Enchiladas

Short Description

Academic administrator Marcheta Evans (1959- ) was selected provost of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio in 2016. She also was the 59th president of the American Counseling Association.

Employment

Our Lady of the Lake University

UTSA

Auburn University - Montgomery

University of Alabama

Private Practice

Favorite Color

N/A

Adena Williams Loston

Academic administrator Adena Williams Loston was born on November 13, 1952 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Frances Pearline Miller Williams and Tommie Lee Williams, Sr. Loston received her B.S. degree from Alcorn State University in Claiborne County, Mississippi in 1973. She then earned both her M.S. degree in education and her Ph.D. degree in education administration and supervision from Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1974 and 1979, respectively. She also completed postgraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Oxford University, and Harvard University.

Loston began her career in education as an instructor at Arkansas State University in 1974. Later, she taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston from 1980 to 1981, as an instructor at Houston Community College from 1979 to 1981, an adjunct assistant professor at Texas Southern University from 1984 to 1986, and an associate professor at Georgia State University 1988 to 1989. Loston also supervised the office occupations program at Houston Community College from 1982 to 1988. In 1989, Loston began working at Santa Monica College in California as the dean of professional programs; and she also served as its dean of vocational education, budgets, and facilities from 1989 to 1993. Loston then served as the executive dean and provost of the El Paso County Community College District at the Transmountain and Valle Verde campuses. From 1997 to 2002, Loston was the president of San Jacinto College South in Houston. She became the chief education officer associate administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2002, and later served as director of education and special assistant for suborbital and special orbital projects at the Goddard Space Flight Center in 2005. In 2007, Loston was appointed as president of St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas.

Loston received numerous awards and accolades over the course of her career, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Daisy Bates Education Advocacy Award from the NAACP, and the W.E.B. DuBois Higher Education Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators. She was also the recipient of an honorary doctorate in science from Wiley University, and was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010, Loston became an advisory board member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Financing Advisory Board. She also served on the American Council on Educational Inclusion Commission. Loston as NASA’s chief education officer was responsible for the Educator Astronaut Program, the NASA Explorer Schools and NASA Explorer Institutes.

Loston has one son, Gilbert Williams Loston III.

Adena Williams Loston was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 4, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.110

Sex

Female

Interview Date

6/4/2018

Last Name

Loston

Maker Category
Marital Status

Divorced

Middle Name

Williams

Organizations
Schools

Rosa A. Temple High School

Alcorn State University

Bowling Green State University

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Harvard University

First Name

Adena

Birth City, State, Country

Vicksburg

HM ID

LOS01

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Mississippi

Favorite Vacation Destination

Where There Is Water

Favorite Quote

If It Passes Through My Hands, It Must Be Appreciably Better.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Birth Date

11/13/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

San Antonio

Country

Warren County

Favorite Food

Catfish

Short Description

Academic administrator Adena Williams Loston (1952 - ) served as president of St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas in 2007 and prior to that she worked as a NASA education officer.

Employment

St. Philip's College

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA, Headquarters

San Jacinto College South

El Paso County Community College

Santa Monica College

Georgia State University

Houston Community College

Texas Southern University

University of Houston

Houston Independent School District

Southwestern Bell Telephone

Arkansas State University

Favorite Color

Pink

Carolyn L. Mosby

Educator Carolyn L. Mosby was born on March 6, 1937 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Wilbert Lewis Sr. and Nannie Jackson Lewis. Mosby graduated from Dunbar High School in 1954, and received her B.S. degree in mathematics from Virginia Union University in 1958. She later earned her M.A. degree in mathematics from Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland in 1971, and her Ed.D. degree in higher education administration from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1983.

Mosby began her career as an English and Special Education teacher at East High School in Buffalo, New York in 1959. In 1961, she was hired as a mathematics teacher at Blackwell Junior High School in Richmond. Mosby went on to teach mathematics at John Marshall High School in 1965, where she also served as the assistant principal from 1971 to 1973. During that time, she became an Upward Bound mathematics instructor at her alma mater, Virginia Union University. In 1974, she joined the university as an assistant professor of mathematics and director of the learning skills center; and in 1975, she served as the acting director of the general studies department. Mosby became the first African American administrator at John Tyler Community College in 1979, when she was hired to head the developmental studies division. After eleven years, Mosby retired in 1990; and went on to help start the community emergency response program for the City of Richmond.

Mosby received several awards for her career in academia, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the math department at Virginia State University in 1999 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Virginia Union University. She was also honored as a community activist and school supporter by Richmond Public Schools, and named Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1970, by the Kiwanis of North Richmond. During the 1970s, Mosby served as a public member of the state health regulatory board, appointed by Governor Linwood Holton. She was a member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and a longtime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Carolyn L. Mosby was interviewed by The History Makers on January 18, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.013

Sex

Female

Interview Date

1/18/2018

Last Name

Mosby

Maker Category
Middle Name

L.

Organizations
Schools

Dunbar High School

Robert S. Payne Elementary School

Virginia Union University

Morgan State University

College of William and Mary

First Name

Carolyn

Birth City, State, Country

Lynchburg

HM ID

MOS07

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Miami, Florida

Favorite Quote

God Knew Every Hair on Your Head Before You Got Here and He's Holding You In the Palm of His Hands Watching To See How You Handle Things

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Virginia

Birth Date

3/6/1937

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Richmond

Favorite Food

Shrimp

Short Description

Educator Carolyn L. Mosby (1937 - ) taught at John Marshall High School in Richmond, Virginia during the 1960s and 1970s, and was later hired as the first African American administrator at John Tyler Community College.

Employment

East High School

Blackwell Junior High School

John Marshall High School

Virginia Union University

Favorite Color

Black

Melvin Stith

Academic administrator Melvin Stith was born on August 11, 1946 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Florence Stith and Millard Stith. Stith graduated from Central High School in 1964, and earned his B.S. degree in sociology from Norfolk State University in 1968. Stith then received his M.B.A. degree in 1973 and his Ph.D. degree in marketing in 1978, both from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Stith served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Command from 1968 to 1972, achieving the rank of captain.

From 1977 to 1982, Stith worked as an assistant professor of business and an associate dean at the University of South Florida College of Business. He then served as a visiting professor at the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry from 1982 to 1985, when he accepted an associate professor position in the marketing department at Florida State University, later serving as the department’s chair. In 1991, Stith was named dean of the business school and Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration. He left Florida State University in 2005 to become the dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Stith also served on a number of boards, including Aflac, Flowers Food Corporation, the Keebler Food Company, and the Tallahassee State Bank. He served as president of the Crouse Hospital Foundation, an independent director at Synovus Financial Corporation, and an advisory board member of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. In 2018, Stith was appointed interim president of Norfolk State University.

Stith has received numerous awards over the course of his career. In 1990, he won Florida State University’s Dr. MLK Jr.’s Distinguished Service Award; and in 2018, he was inducted into the Florida State University College of Business Faculty Hall of Fame. His Ph.D. thesis became part of the Ph.D. Project Hall of Fame in 2014. He was a recipient of the Syracuse University Orange Circle Award, and is a member of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Society at Norfolk State University. Stith was named as a top influential black corporate executive by Savoy Magazine in 2016 and 2017.

Stith and his wife, Dr. Patricia Lynn Stith, have three children: Melvin Stith, Jr., Lori Stith, and William Stith.

Melvin Stith was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 16, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.012

Sex

Male

Interview Date

1/16/2018

Last Name

Stith

Maker Category
Middle Name

T.

Schools

Norfolk State University

Syracuse University

First Name

Melvin

Birth City, State, Country

Portsmouth

HM ID

STI05

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Relaxing Places

Favorite Quote

You Have To Be Where Your Ship Comes In

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Virginia

Birth Date

8/11/1946

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Norfolk

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken

Short Description

Academic administrator Melvin Stith (1946 - ) was the dean of the college of business at Florida State University, dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Business at Syracuse University, and an interim president of Norfolk State University.

Employment

Norfolk State University

Syracuse University

Florida State University

Florida A & M

University of South Florida

Favorite Color

Crimson and Cream