Harvard Names First Black Woman Dean | News | BET.com

Posted: 03/06/2008 07:08 AM EST

Posted March 6, 2008 – Harvard University , which appointed its first woman president last year, has now named its first African-American woman dean.

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On Tuesday, the university announced that Evelynn Hammonds has been installed as dean of Harvard College .

 “This is an exciting moment of change for the College, and Evelynn’s academic values and leadership qualities promise to serve our undergraduates well,” said Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, who took the helm of the nearly 400-year-old institution last year.

Hammonds is officially Harvard’s senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity and a professor of the history of science and African-American studies, the college’s top spot.

“I am honored to have this extraordinary opportunity to lead the College with its exceptional students at such an important period in its history,” said Hammonds, who is in charge of everything from academic affairs to student life to the general administration.

Harvard College is the oldest undergraduate school in the United States .

 “I know that there are many challenges facing the College, and I am ready to tackle them with my colleagues’ help,” she told the Yale Daily News.