Dillard University Announces New Administrative Academic Appointments

Dillard University announced new academic appointments on today. Please join  the Dillard University National Alumni Association in wishing the new academic team at our alma mater success as they uphold our tradition of academic excellence on the Avenue of the the Oaks.

Dr. Christopher Jeffries Appointed Associate Vice PresidentAcademic Affairs; Academic Deans Announced

Dr. Christopher N. Jeffries has been appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dillard University. He has previously served as Chief Economist for Foundation Economics Services Incorporated. Dr. Jeffries is the former Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Talladega College and has served as Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas College. He also served as Executive Vice President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chair, Department of Business Administration at Stillman College.

Dr. Jeffries received his Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University, M.A. degree in Economics from Ohio University, and B.S. degree in Economics from North Carolina Central University. He has taught at several colleges and universities in the Southeast. Dr. Jeffries is an award-winning professor, including Professor of the Year.

Dr. Jeffries is a former recipient of a Fulbright Lecturer Award to the People’s Republic of China. In addition to two visits to China, Dr. Jeffries has professionally related travel to Japan, South Korea, South Africa and Brazil. Dr. Jeffries is the author of four books and has more than 28 economics articles published in books, proceedings, and journals.

Dr. Richard S. Igwike has been appointed Interim Dean of the School of Business.  Dr. Igwike started teaching at Dillard University in 1982. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Management, Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Relations, and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Management from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science with concentrations in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Law from the University of New Orleans. He completed a post doctorate at Tulane University and received certification from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in Management and Marketing.


Dr. Igwike is the Gloria and Lester B. Kabacoff Endowed Professor of Business Administration and has served the university in several administrative capacities, including Chair of the School of Business Administration, Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, and Coordinator of Management in the Division of Business.


Dr. Igwike’s research interests are centered on minority business, and international studies. Recently, his article on “Assessing the Extent of Globalization among 100 Largest African American Businesses” was published in Northern State University’s Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on International Business and Contemporary Issues in Business. Collaborating with Dr. Mohammed E. Hussain.  He recently published the following articles: “The Impact of Corruption in Economic Development: A Panel Data Analysis “, in Review of International Business Research; “Examining the Impact of HIV-Prevalence on the Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Panel Data Analysis”, in The Global Journal of Finance and Economics; and “Relationship between Economic Growth and Debt”, in Southwest Review of International Research.


Dr. Igwike is married to Lara J. Igwike who graduated from Dillard University. They are blessed with four children who also graduated from Dillard University. Dr. Igwike is a member of the board of directors of World Igbo Congress, and Anambra State Association in the United States of America. Dr. Igwike is bestowed with an Nze Traditional Title – Nzeadachie 1 of Nkerehi and his wife Lolo Nzeadachie, in his hometown, Nkerehi in Anambra State, Nigeria.


Dr. Dorothy Vick Smith has been reappointed Dean of the College of General Studies.  Dr. Smith was born in New Orleans, LA but reared in McComb, MS.  She graduated from C.D. Higgins High school, Jackson State University (BS and MA) in history and later earned both a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Smith is the Conrad Hilton Endowed Professor of History.


Dr. Smith has taught at Dillard, Southern University at New Orleans, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College and the University of Kansas.  She has earned additional continuing education hours in archival preparation from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  She has done research in Austria, China, and Africa (Ghana). Additionally, Dr. Smith has studied the Russian language at the University of Iowa, and conducted research in Russia and Ukraine.  She has also served as Visiting Senior Research Professor at Princeton University. Some of her publications appear in African and Asian Studies, Greenwood Press, Beacon Press, World Press/Red Sea Press, Black Issues in Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Journal of Southern History.  Dr. Smith has also served as Director of the Daniel C. Thompson – Samuel DuBois Cook Honors Program and as Outreach Coordinator at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.

Dr. John E. Wilson has been appointed as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Wilson served as Director of the Minority Health Disparities Exploratory Research Center, a $5.4M funded initiative by the National Institute of Health Disparities, where he oversaw the development and implementation of the Research, Training and Community Engagement Cores. He also has served as Dean, Division of the Natural Sciences and Public Health that included the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and public health.  During his tenure as Dean, Dr. Wilson secured over $10M in extramural funding support for academic programs enhancement, faculty development and implementation of a Summer Bridge Program for high school students (10th-12th grade) interested in majoring in the sciences, public health and or nursing at Dillard. He established dual degree and early admissions program collaborations with other academic institutions school of engineering, medicine, dentistry, and graduate studies.

Prior to joining the faculty at Dillard, Dr. Wilson served as the associate dean in the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SOGSR) at Meharry Medical College.  He was an associate professor in the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology and Foundation Sciences and director of the Summer Biomedical Sciences Program.  Dr. Wilson also served as the senior administrator for the SOGSR Office of Academic and Student Affairs with primary responsibilities for student recruitment, admissions, and directing the awarding of graduate student assistantships, fellowships and scholarships for which he secured over $3M in extramural funding.  He also served as a member on the Admissions Committee for the school of medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Wilson’s career interests have focused on academic advisement, career counseling and advancing academic outreach and support programs that encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in science and public health. His research interest focuses on the assessment of science teaching and learning and curriculum design.  Dr. Wilson earned a B.S. in Biology from Clark College, a M.S in Biology form Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Tulane University where he was a recipient of a National Institutes of Health-Pre-doctoral Fellowship.  He completed postdoctoral research training in Science Education at Stanford University and the Institute for Research on Learning, where he was a recipient of a Carnegie Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Wilson is married to Cassandra Nelson Wilson and is the proud father of Morgan Inez Wilson, a 2014 graduate of Dillard University.


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