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Dr. Christopher Jeffries Appointed Associate Vice President Academic Affairs; Academic Deans Announced


Untitled4Dr. Christopher N. Jeffries has been appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dillard University. He has previously served as Chief Economist for Foundation Economics Services Incorporated. Dr. Jeffries is the former Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Talladega College and has served as Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas College. He also served as Executive Vice President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chair, Department of Business Administration at Stillman College.

Dr. Jeffries received his Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University, M.A. degree in Economics from Ohio University, and B.S. degree in Economics from North Carolina Central University. He has taught at several colleges and universities in the Southeast. Dr. Jeffries is an award-winning professor, including Professor of the Year.

Dr. Jeffries is a former recipient of a Fulbright Lecturer Award to the People’s Republic of China. In addition to two visits to China, Dr. Jeffries has professionally related travel to Japan, South Korea, South Africa and Brazil. Dr. Jeffries is the author of four books and has more than 28 economics articles published in books, proceedings, and journals.

Untitled3Dr. Richard S. Igwike has been appointed Interim Dean of the School of Business.  Dr. Igwike started teaching at Dillard University in 1982. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Management, Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Relations, and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Management from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science with concentrations in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Law from the University of New Orleans. He completed a post doctorate at Tulane University and received certification from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in Management and Marketing.

Dr. Igwike is the Gloria and Lester B. Kabacoff Endowed Professor of Business Administration and has served the university in several administrative capacities, including Chair of the School of Business Administration, Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, and Coordinator of Management in the Division of Business.

Dr. Igwike’s research interests are centered on minority business, and international studies. Recently, his article on “Assessing the Extent of Globalization among 100 Largest African American Businesses” was published in Northern State University’s Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on International Business and Contemporary Issues in Business. Collaborating with Dr. Mohammed E. Hussain.  He recently published the following articles: “The Impact of Corruption in Economic Development: A Panel Data Analysis “, in Review of International Business Research; “Examining the Impact of HIV-Prevalence on the Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Panel Data Analysis”, in The Global Journal of Finance and Economics; and “Relationship between Economic Growth and Debt”, in Southwest Review of International Research.

Dr. Igwike is married to Lara J. Igwike who graduated from Dillard University. They are blessed with four children who also graduated from Dillard University. Dr. Igwike is a member of the board of directors of World Igbo Congress, and Anambra State Association in the United States of America. Dr. Igwike is bestowed with an Nze Traditional Title – Nzeadachie 1 of Nkerehi and his wife Lolo Nzeadachie, in his hometown, Nkerehi in Anambra State, Nigeria.


Dr. Dorothy Vick Smith has been reappointed Dean of the College of General Studies.  Dr. Smith was born in New Orleans, LA but reared in McComb, MS. She graduated from C.D. Higgins High school, Jackson State University (BS and MA) in history and later earned both a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Smith is the Conrad Hilton Endowed Professor of History.  

Dr. Smith has taught at Dillard, Southern University at New Orleans, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College and the University of Kansas.  She has earned additional continuing education hours in archival preparation from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  She has done research in Austria, China, and Africa (Ghana). Additionally, Dr. Smith has studied the Russian language at the University of Iowa, and conducted research in Russia and Ukraine.  She has also served as Visiting Senior Research Professor at Princeton University. Some of her publications appear in African and Asian Studies, Greenwood Press, Beacon Press, World Press/Red Sea Press, Black Issues in Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Journal of Southern History.  Dr. Smith has also served as Director of the Daniel C. Thompson - Samuel DuBois Cook Honors Program and as Outreach Coordinator at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.

UntitledDr. John E. Wilson has been appointed as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Wilson served as Director of the Minority Health Disparities Exploratory Research Center, a $5.4M funded initiative by the National Institute of Health Disparities, where he oversaw the development and implementation of the Research, Training and Community Engagement Cores. He also has served as Dean, Division of the Natural Sciences and Public Health that included the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and public health.  During his tenure as Dean, Dr. Wilson secured over $10M in extramural funding support for academic programs enhancement, faculty development and implementation of a Summer Bridge Program for high school students (10th-12th grade) interested in majoring in the sciences, public health and or nursing at Dillard. He established dual degree and early admissions program collaborations with other academic institutions school of engineering, medicine, dentistry, and graduate studies.

Prior to joining the faculty at Dillard, Dr. Wilson served as the associate dean in the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SOGSR) at Meharry Medical College.  He was an associate professor in the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology and Foundation Sciences and director of the Summer Biomedical Sciences Program.  Dr. Wilson also served as the senior administrator for the SOGSR Office of Academic and Student Affairs with primary responsibilities for student recruitment, admissions, and directing the awarding of graduate student assistantships, fellowships and scholarships for which he secured over $3M in extramural funding.  He also served as a member on the Admissions Committee for the school of medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Wilson’s career interests have focused on academic advisement, career counseling and advancing academic outreach and support programs that encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in science and public health. His research interest focuses on the assessment of science teaching and learning and curriculum design.  Dr. Wilson earned a B.S. in Biology from Clark College, a M.S in Biology form Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Tulane University where he was a recipient of a National Institutes of Health-Pre-doctoral Fellowship.  He completed postdoctoral research training in Science Education at Stanford University and the Institute for Research on Learning, where he was a recipient of a Carnegie Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Wilson is married to Cassandra Nelson Wilson and is the proud father of Morgan Inez Wilson, a 2014 graduate of Dillard University.

TRIO Celebrates 50 Years! How You can be a part of the Story... PDF Print E-mail
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This year the U.S. Department of Education (Department) is commemorating a half a century of changing lives through education with the Federal TRIO Programs!  The theme for the 50th anniversary celebration is TRIO: Celebrating 50 Years of Promoting Excellence by Providing Hope and Opportunity for Success.


To offer special recognition to the TRIO alumni who have participated in our programs (Upward Bound (UB)), UB Math and Science, Veterans UB, Talent Search, Student Support Services, McNair and or Educational Opportunity Centers) the Department has added a new page to its website entitled," Be a Part of the TRIO Story.  On behalf of the Department, we would be honored to include and share your story!


To share your TRIO story please send it to us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , in one paragraph format, by Friday July 11, 2014 and include:


● Your full name


● The name of the Federal TRIO Program(s) you participated in


● A brief statement on How TRIO impacted my life


● Current Achievements


● Photo


(If you are a Department of Education employee.)


Please also feel free to follow us on Twitter at" @EDPostsecondary and share your story using the hashtag #TRIO50.  

For any questions or assistance, please contact Craig Pooler at 202-502-7640 or at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

or Chaz Gipson at202-502-7637 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Thank you for joining us as we celebrate how 50 years of TRIO has had a positive impact on the lives of the youth it serves!

HBCU Media Summit Addresses Branding, Fund Raising and Exposure at Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities PDF Print E-mail
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(NEW ORLEANS - July 3, 2014) - The HBCU Media Summit presented by the HBCU Digest the national news resource of record for historically black colleges and universities, will be holding its annual panel and discussion-style event at Dillard University, July 10-12. The Summit is designed to engage the national HBCU community in media literacy and development and provide best practices in media culture building for HBCU communities from around the nation. Through dialog with practicing journalists, administrators, public relations professionals, and student media leaders, the Summit assists in providing a focused, national media strategy for HBCUs.

Among this year’s panelists and topics are:

 #GiveLoveXavier – A Case Study in Social Media Campaigning for HBCU Philanthropy
Lacrecia James, Whitney Grandpre, Kimberly Reese; Alumni Relations
Xavier University of Louisiana

Winning Coverage Strategies for Small Sports Information Staffs

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
Xavier University of Louisiana

Building Public and Private Partnerships for HBCU Media Ownership – Florida A&M and the Black Television News Network
Dr. Ann Wead Kimbrough, Dean
Florida A&M University School of Journalism and Graphic Communication

The Media-Minded HBCU Presidency
Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President
Dillard University

Positioning Research for Media Coverage
Dr. Tiffany Jones, Postdoctoral Research and Policy Analyst
Southern Education Foundation

And plenary speakers: Dottie Belletto, CEO, New Orleans Convention Company and Craig Melvin, host of the Craig Melvin Show, MSNBC.

An awards banquet will be held Friday, July 11, at 6 p.m. Dillard University is a finalist in eight categories honoring “Best Practices” for the school year 2013-14. Proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy (CHMA), a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the mission, culture and development of America’s historically black colleges and universities through new media exposure, training and education.

Online registration for the HBCU Digest 2014 Media Week Summit is still open. Click on the link below to register or contact Jarrett Carter, at (443) 242-HBCU (4228).

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Dillard University is a private four-year liberal arts historically black university with a legacy dating back to 1869. It is located on a picturesque 55-acre campus in New Orleans which boasts an “Avenue of Oaks,” spacious greens and white buildings of both Jeffersonian and modern architectural styles. Academically, it ranks among the top in a number of areas including Forbes’ 2013 list of Top Colleges and Universities in the U.S.; top 60 liberal arts institutions by the Washington Monthly (2013); consistently ranked as one of U.S News and World Report top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); American Institute of Physics’ top producer of African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in physics (2012); and according to the National Science Foundation (2013), among the top 50 colleges whose graduates earn doctorates in the sciences. It has an enrollment of 1,200.

Dillard's Athletic Director, Kiki Barnes, named GCAC AD of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, La.)  The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference announced that Kiki Baker Barnes is the 2013-14 GCAC Athletics Director of the Year.  Barnes recently completed her eighth year in the position at Dillard University, and she also serves as GCAC President.  She first won the award back in 2010-11.

“I believe in not being afraid to fail, not worrying about what other people have to say, doing your best, working hard, having integrity,” said Barnes.

Her immediate boss seems to have noticed the hard work, long hours and tireless dedication Barnes has put forth, especially this year as it proved to be her first year as the full time athletic director.

“As President of the GCAC, she took the lead in the hiring of our new commissioner,” said Dillard University President Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough.  “They have formed a great team that helped produce a fantastic basketball tournament.  Her leadership has been also noted by the chair of the council of presidents.”

Some of her important achievements throughout the academic calendar year include:

-Wrote a grant to help fund the DUFIT Summer Fitness Camp

-Led and completed facility renovation of athletics weight room, which included installing a new floor and purchasing new weight and training equipment

-Had student-athletes create a Live 5 hand gesture that was featured at 2014 NAIA National Convention

-Dillard University athletics received Five Star Champions of Character Award for the 6th year in a row

-For the 2nd year in a row, Dillard University won conference student of character award (2013-Jonquil Griffin; 2014 Amber Tramel) as well as conference coach of character award (2014-Bobby Williams)

-Men’s 4x4 meter relay team finished 3rd in the nation at the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Meet

-2014 GCAC Men’s Track Champions

-2014 GCAC Women’s Track and Cross Country teams both 1st runner-up

-Named to Gambit’s Top 40 under 40 list of New Orleans young professionals who are making a difference in the community

“Mrs. Barnes has been a pioneer in athletics as a coach, athletic director and conference president,” said Steven Martin, GCAC Commissioner.  “Her vision and tireless work has been a catalyst in developing the strategic plan for the growth of athletics at Dillard University and the GCAC.”

Barnes is close to finishing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans.  Her anticipated graduation date is December 2014.

When asked about how she was able to become so successful at such a young age, Barnes responded confidently.

“I try to use the talents that God has blessed me with and I try to be a visionary leader.  I am grateful for his blessings and will continue to try to affect positive change in my career and community.”

Physics Professor Abdalla Darwish Named Presidential Professor PDF Print E-mail
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Picture clipping 2Dr. Abdalla Darwish, a professor of physics, was recently named Dillard University’s first Presidential Professor.  The award is a non-renewable four-year appointment that recognizes and honors outstanding faculty scholars who have records of significant and sustained research, creative artistic work, or a history of securing grant/external funding, and who have achieved national or international reputation by virtue of accomplishments in their fields.

Darwish obtained his BS in Nuclear Engineering from University of Alexandria, MS in Solid State Physics and PhD in optics and laser physics from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He has been a Dillard University faculty member for sixteen years and has  served the university in numerous administrative roles, including chair of the physics department, chair of the School of STEM, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.  

Darwish is an expert in thin film fabrication using the Pulse Laser Deposition technique and ion implantation. He has authored over 80 publications in the areas of nonlinear optical materials, magnetic resonance, waveguides, thin film fabrication and optical sensors.  Over the course of his tenure at Dillard, Darwish has been able to secure over $13 million in grant funds as a PI or CoPI to establish many programs and research enterprises in physics and the School of STEM such as the summer bridge program, LA-LAMP, GAELA, TESSE, GAMP, AGAP, NASA- LA SPACE consortium, NASA-NORC for STEM retention, and PLD of materials. These projects were funded by research grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific research, Air Force, Navy, Army, NASA, NSF, NASA EPSCoR and most recently HBCUs as leaders and teachers in STEM from the University of Pennsylvania.  Darwish has also received multiple Louisiana Board of Regents grants.  

Darwish has established a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art laser ablation lab on the Dillard University campus. Earlier this year he filed for patent on his new invention of double laser ablation, and he is in the process of filing his second patent. According to the Composites B Engineering journal, his most recent publication about the invention of double laser ablation was downloaded over 296 times in just three months. This critical paper springs lots of scientific interactions and collaboration internationally through many countries: Japan, Malaysia, England, and China which changes the way the pulse laser deposition is done around the world.

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