Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Evelynn Hammonds Set to Become Harvard's 1st Black Female Dean
Harvard University marked another milestone yesterday when they announced the appointment of Evelynn Hammonds to the superior position of Dean of Harvard College. This appointment will make Evelynn Hammonds' the first female and the first Black to be Dean at Harvard when she takes office on June 1st.
Hammonds, 55, served as a professor of the history of science and African-American studies, as well as Harvard’s senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity.
Dr.Hammonds served as founding director of the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), before arriving at Harvard in 2002.
Hammonds is a graduate of Spelman College (where she earned a B.S. in Physics and also holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters)and the Georgia Institute of Technology(where she earned a B.E.E. in electrical engineering). She later received an S.M. in physics from MIT and earned a Ph.D. in the history of science at Harvard.
This phenomenal woman has also authored numerous literature including, Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City , 1880Â–1930 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999). In February 2008 she was named a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).
Congratulations Dean Hammonds!