Maryland’s historically black college and university campuses will see some major changes—and new faces at the top– this fall.

Kevin Banks, who helped transform the University of South Florida from a commuter school to a major residential school, will begin take on a new role at Morgan State University as vice president of student affairs.

Veteran journalist and media scholar DeWayne Wickham is establishing a new department of communications at Morgan.

Juliette Bell left Central State University to become president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Weldon Jackson, who helped design the student success center at Morehouse College and expanded technology use at Manhattan College, is bringing nearly three decades of experience in higher education administration to Bowie State University where he will be provost and vice president of academic affairs.

According to Morgan State University, President David Wilson said, “Kevin Banks was part of an impressive effort at USF in the reinvention of its student experience and in making that experience one of the best in the region. I’m excited to have someone who understands the meaning of the student experience here at Morgan.”

With over 25 years of experience, Banks was the former assistant vice president and dean of students of University of South Florida.

Veteran journalist, author and Baltimore native DeWayne Wickham has worked for U.S. News & World Report, the Baltimore Sun, WBAL-TV, CBS News, BET and USA Today, where he has written a syndicated column since 1985 He has written four books.

“It has always been my dream to bring to a HBCU the kind of education and experience in journalism and mass communication that white kids get when they go to the big journalism schools,” said Wickham.

“I want to give the students exposure to the craft in having something that will send them on graduation day heavily armed with skills and intellect to probably do the most important job in the nation because of our power to persuade and influence. I want to make this an exciting place for students to learn. I want students to rush to school every day and dare not miss a class because they fear that they may miss something exciting,.” he said.

Bell is one of the first scientists to discover ways to use enzymes to measure its ability to make DNA correctly under a variety of natural and experimental conditions at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Jackson held chief academic officer posts at Morehouse College and Manhattan College.


Brittany Buchanan

Special to the AFRO