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By Jo-Ann English
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April 25, 2012      

Howard Dean of Arts and Sciences Returns to the Classroom

James A. Donaldson, Ph.D.
WASHINGTON – James A. Donaldson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will be stepping down as Dean of the College. Donaldson whose Howard tenure spans four decades will be returning to the classroom to teach mathematics, a passion that is dear to his heart.

As a tribute to Dean Donaldson’s dedication, leadership and service, the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a lecture and reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2012, in the Ballroom of the Blackburn Center.

Donaldson’s 40-year tenure at Howard includes 17 years as chairman of the Department of Mathematics and 12 years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. As Chair, he ushered in a strong research program that justified the development and inauguration of the first Ph.D. mathematics program at a historically black college in the nation. This program has become a major producer of African-American recipients of Ph.D. degrees in mathematics.

A strong advocate for eradicating social injustice in all phases of the U.S. education system, Donaldson was involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and the fight to desegregate public schools. His tenacious spirit seeks fairness and equitable treatment, and is evidenced by all faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Howard University.

“During the past twelve years, the College has seen many changes, such as the implementation of new programs and the strengthening of existing programs, and these new initiatives have provided increased opportunities for exceptional educational experiences for all students,” said Donaldson.  “I am happy to have had the opportunity to play a small role in these undertakings, and look forward to devoting my remaining years at Howard to all things mathematical, including research, teaching and service.”

Outside of the classroom, Donaldson has counseled many of his students—going the extra mile to ensure that they succeed in all endeavors. His compassion and dedication toward the service of others has touched the lives of many Howard students and alumni.

 “Dean Donaldson clearly understands that our generations of young people are living during a time that is more challenging than any other time in history,” said Sarah Davidson (BA ’70) one of the alumni organizers of the scholarship fund. “His actions demonstrate that we must provide help, support and guidance, if they are to reach their desired academic and career goals.”

For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Linda Jones, Ph.D., special assistant for Student Affairs and campus director for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at 202-806-9736.

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