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‘Diverse’ names Tuskegee University president, alumna among ‘top 35 women in higher ed’

March 22, 2019

Contact: Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Note: This feature includes information originally published by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education on March 21.

Two of Tuskegee University’s own made this year’s list of “Top 35 Women in Higher Education” published on March 21 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The list included university president Dr. Lily D. McNair and alumna Dr. Kassie Freeman, founding president and CEO of the African Diaspora Consortium.

The publication’s eighth annual special report, published in honor of Women’s History Month, marks Diverse's 35th anniversary by highlighting 35 women who are tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills and making a difference in their respective communities.

More about Tuskegee’s honorees:

Dr. Lily D. McNairDr. Lily D. McNair
President, Tuskegee University

A clinical psychologist by training, McNair’s research focuses on the development and assessment of community-based interventions on substance use and early sexual behavior in African-American youth. She was appointed the first female president of Tuskegee University in July 2018. Prior to joining Tuskegee, she was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College and served as the second-ranking executive since 2011. McNair also was an associate provost of research and divisional coordinator for science and mathematics at Spelman College, as associate professor of psychology and associate director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program at the University of Georgia and worked on the faculty of The State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. McNair’s current research interests include analyzing the role of stress in female college students’ level of alcohol consumption and the dyadic nature of alcohol use and sexual risk-taking. She is the co-editor of Women: Images and Realities, an introductory multicultural women’s studies textbook.​

Dr. Kassie FreemanDr. Kassie Freeman
Founding President and CEO, African Diaspora Consortium

As head of the nonprofit global consortium, Freeman leads efforts to positively impact economic, educational and artistic opportunities and outcomes across the African diaspora, with a focus on populations dispersed during the transatlantic slave trade and various periods of migration. The College Board approved ADC to develop the first Advanced Placement seminar related to Africa, which is being piloted in select schools. Freeman, former interim president of the Southern University System, also serves as senior adviser to the provost and senior research fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University Teachers College. A leading scholar in comparative and international education, Freeman has studied at the University of Oslo and the University of Vienna. She was president of The Comparative and International Education Society and twice received the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation Award, an award from the Hungarian government and served as a visiting professor and scholar at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, now Corvinus University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tuskegee University, a master’s in counseling from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in education studies from Emory University.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education describes itself as the only source of critical news, information and insightful commentary on the full range of issues concerning diversity in American higher education. For more than 30 years, Diverse has reported, first through its magazine and later through the addition of its news website, on matters of access and opportunity for all in higher education — including topics such as tenure, salary, faculty, students, recruitment, retention, access and equity.

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