Who's Who in Black Columbus Honors Ohio State Faculty and Staff

More than 50 Ohio State faculty and staff were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the 13th edition of Who’s Who in Black Columbus. At the event in the Ohio Union’s Archie Griffin Ballroom on Oct. 27, President Michael V. Drake provided congratulatory remarks via a video message, Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz welcomed the audience on behalf of the university, and Vice Provost for Diversity Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Sharon Davies provided remarks to the attendees. Students and alumni from the OSU African American Voices Choir performed selections as well.

“I would like to thank President Drake, Provost Steinmetz, and the various colleges and units for their support in recognizing our African American faculty and staff for their outstanding work in leadership and community engagement,” said Davies.

Dr. Valerie Lee, former vice president for Outreach and Engagement, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and chief diversity officer was recognized as one of four Columbus trailblazing GAME CHANGERS along with Mayor Michael B. Coleman, and past Living Legends, Amos Lynch and Aminah Robinson. 

(Photos by Ira Graham III.)

Miechelle Willis, Sharon Davies, Leon McDougle, Javaune Adams-Gaston, Kim Shumate

Miechelle O. Willis, Deputy Director of Athletics; Sharon Davies, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer; Leon McDougle, Chief Diversity Officer, Wexner Medical Center/Associate Professor, College of Medicine; Javaune Adams-Gaston, Vice President for Student Life; Kimberly C. Shumate, Associate Vice President, Human Resources


Ohio State Honorees

 Ohio State group photo

  • Michael V. Drake, MD, President
  • Javaune Adams-Gaston, PhD, Vice President for Student Life
  • Sharon Davies, JD, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer
  • Archie Griffin, Senior Advisor for Advancement
  • Gene Smith, Vice President/Director of Athletics
  • Douglas Archie, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance
  • Trudy Bartley, Assistant Vice President, Local and Community Relations/Executive Director, PACT
  • Vernon Baisden, Assistant Vice President/Director of Public Safety
  • Canise Y. Bean, DMD, MPH, Clinical Professor, College of Dentistry
  • Robert Bennett III, PhD, Special Assistant to Executive Director/Program Specialist, Diversity and Inclusion/International Affairs
  • Jamaal Bell, Director of Communications, Kirwan Institute
  • Quinn Capers, IV, MD, Cardiologist, Wexner Medical Center/Associate Dean, College of Medicine
  • Susan Colbert, Program Director, OSU Extension, Franklin County
  • Patricia Cunningham, PhD, Program Director, Student Life
  • Cheria Dial, Assistant Hall Director, Student Life
  • Wanda Jo-Ann Dillard, Director of Community Development, Wexner Medical Center
  • Vern Granger, Associate Vice President and Director, Enrollment Services
  • David E. Harrison, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Student Services, Fisher College of Business
  • Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, Professor, College of Medicine
  • James A. Hill, PhD, Associate Professor, Fisher College of Business
  • Nadine Holmes, Director Student Recruitment, Alumni Association
  • Arthur R. James, MD, Associate Professor, Clinical, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Garry W. Jenkins, JD, Associate Dean and John C. Elam/ Vorys Sater Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law
  • Habiba Kamagate, Program Coordinator, Student Life
  • Valerie Kinloch, PhD, Professor, Literacy Studies/Associate Department Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Valerie Lee, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Department of English
  • Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, Chief Diversity Officer, Wexner Medical Center/Associate Professor, College of Medicine
  • Jazmine Mickey, Program Manager, Student Life
  • James L. Moore III, PhD, Executive Director, Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male/EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
  • D'Andra Mull, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Student Life
  • Horace Newsum, PhD, Associate Professor Literature and Political Economy, Department of African-American and African Studies
  • Kathy Northern, JD, Associate Dean, Moritz College of Law
  • Donnie J. Perkins, Chief Diversity Officer, College of Engineering
  • Elaine Richardson, PhD, Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Dexter Shorter, Coordinator, Competitive Sports, Student Life
  • Kimberly C. Shumate, JD, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
  • Dinessa Solomon, Executive Director of Foundation Relations
  • Robert L. Solomon, II, JD, Assistant Vice Provost, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Todd Suddeth, PhD, Executive Director, Student Life Multicultural Center
  • Terrell Lamont Strayhorn, PhD, Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology/Executive Director, Center for Higher Education Enterprise
  • Quanta Taylor, Coordinator, Student Involvement, Student Life
  • Bryan Thompson, Officer, University Police
  • Eric J. Troy, MA, Program Director, Keith B. Keith Social Entrepreneurial Program, Student Life
  • Cynthia Turner, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Fisher College of Business
  • Dr. Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, Professor and Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, College of Nursing
  • Lawrence (Larry) Williamson, Jr., Director, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Miechelle O. Willis, Deputy Director of Athletics
  • Rose A. Wilson-Hill, Special Assistant and Director of Administration/Special Programs, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Rochelle Woods, PhD, Director, Young Scholars Program, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Willie J. Young, Senior Director, Student Life

Group photo

Ernie Sullivan, Executive Vice President, Who’s Who in Black Columbus; Sharon Davies,Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer; Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz; Javaune Adams-Gaston, Vice President for Student Life; Carter Womack, Chief Operating Officer, Who’s Who in Black Columbus. 


Group photo

Vern Granger, Associate Vice President and Director, Enrollment Services; Sharon Davies, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer; Javaune Adams-Gaston, Vice President for Student Life; Eric J. Troy, Program Director, Keith B. Keith Social Entrepreneurial Program, Student Life


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Elaine Richardson, Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology; Valerie Kinloch, Professor, Literacy Studies/Associate Department Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning; Todd Suddeth, Executive Director, Student Life Multicultural Center


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David E. Harrison, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Student Services, Fisher College of Business; Willie J. Young, Senior Director, Student Life; Rose A. Wilson-Hill, Special Assistant and Director of Administration/Special Programs, Diversity and Inclusion; Quanta Taylor, Coordinator, Student Involvement, Student Life