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Release Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:29 PM
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Howard Appoints New Leaders for Law, Pharmacy and Arts and Sciences

WASHINGTON (August 6, 2012) – Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick has announced three new leadership appointments, including interim deans for the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law and the dean of the College of Pharmacy.

"We are confident that our newly appointed leaders will uphold and expand Howard's rich tradition of academic excellence," said Dr. Frederick. "I thank Deans Wutoh, Dark and Gbadegesin for their leadership and commitment to serving Howard University."

Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph., was named the permanent dean of the College of Pharmacy. A professor of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Sciences, Wutoh serves as director of the College of Pharmacy’s Center of Excellence and director of the Center for Minority Health Services Research.

Wutoh’s research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, international health, health services/outcomes research and evaluation of large population databases, particularly in the area of AIDS and HIV infection in older patients. Wutoh has received more than $40 million in grant funding from top government health agencies, and he has published numerous research articles in respected research journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of the National Medical Association and the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 

Segun Gbadegesin, Ph.D., is now interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Since 2010, he has served as associate dean for the Division of Humanities.  Gbadegesin joined the Department of Philosophy in 1992 as a professor and later served as the department’s chairman.

His research interests include social and political philosophy, bioethics, ethics, and African philosophy. He has authored three books, 35 peer-reviewed book chapters and numerous journal articles. In April, James A. Donaldson, Ph.D., stepped down as Dean after 12 years and will return to the classroom to teach mathematics this fall.

Okianer Christian Dark, J.D., is the new interim dean of the Howard University School of Law. Since 2005, Dark has served as the law school’s associate dean for Academic Affairs. She is co-founder of the Law School’s Fair Housing Clinic, which trains law students as fair housing advocates and practitioners.

 Before joining the Howard law faculty, Dark was a professor at T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where she became the first African-American tenured at the law school and at the university. Dark specializes in and teaches courses on torts, product liability, advanced torts and health law. Dark replaces Kurt Schmoke, who was recently named vice president and general counsel for the University.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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