Two African-American scholars have been named deans at two of the nation’s eight Ivy League universities.


Andrew G. Campbell

Effective July 1, Andrew G. Campbell will assume the reins of Brown University’s Graduate School. In that role, he will support the academic pursuits of over 2,000 students enrolled in in doctoral and master’s programs in more than 40 departments, centers and institutes.

“I am honored to serve as the next dean of the graduate school and am inspired by the confidence and trust placed in me by the administration,” Campbell said in a statement. “I look forward to working with senior administrators, faculty, students and staff on our common goal of advancing graduate education here at Brown University.”

Campbell joined the faculty of the Providence, R.I., school in 1994 and currently serves as a professor of medical science in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.

An avid researcher, Campbell’s investigative focus has been on neglected and emerging microbial diseases, particularly infectious diseases in neglected populations and regions. He is currently the principal investigator on three grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and has received numerous accolades for his work.

LaTanya Buck

Campbell earned his bachelor’s degree at York College, City University of New York in 1981, and his doctorate in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987.

Two states over, Princeton University in New Jersey named LaTanya Buck the dean for diversity and inclusion—a newly-minted position which emerged from the May 2015 report issued by the University’s special task force on diversity, equity and inclusion. She will begin her new role in August.

Buck is founding director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Before assuming that position in July 2014, she served as director of the Cross Cultural Center at Saint Louis University for five years. She also has worked as assistant director and coordinator for minority student recruitment in the Office of Admission at Maryville University, and previously worked in the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Missouri State University and Morehead State University.

“I am elated to join the Princeton University community and campus life division to engage students and colleagues in diversity, inclusion and equity efforts,” Buck said in a statement. “I look forward to serving in this inaugural role and collaborating with campus partners and identity-focused units to assist in creating synergy and cohesion to have a greater impact on the overall student experience. I believe that this is a very exciting time to be at Princeton University, as many diversity efforts are underway.”

The school administrator holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.