Dr Erika James named first-ever black female dean of the Wharton School

Dr Erika James named first-ever black female dean of the Wharton School

- The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has named Dr Erika James as the first-ever female dean

- Dr James also made history as the university's first-ever black woman to become dean in the establishment's 139-year history

- Dr James is also the first African-American to become a dean in the university.

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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States has named Erika James as the first-ever female dean in the establishment’s 139-year history.

This is the first time in the history of the school that a woman has become the dean of the private Ivy League university.

Legit.ng gathers that the leadership of the school unanimously supported the decision to appoint Erika James as the first black female dean of the university.

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Dr James is also the first African-American to become a dean in the university.

The Wharton School announced her appointment in a post on the university’s official Twitter handle on July 1.

''Today, we officially welcome @ErikaHJames as the 17th Dean of the Wharton School: Trained as an organizational psychologist, Dean Erika James is a leading expert on crisis leadership, workplace diversity, and management strategy. #WelcomeErikaJames.''

As an alumna of UPenn’s Graduate School of Education and former employee at Wharton’s Lauder Institute, her appointment has been well received and lauded.

LaunchLeadLearn, in a post on social media, wrote:

‘Congratulations, Dean James! As an alumna of UPenn’s Graduate School of Education and a former employee at Wharton’s Lauder Institute, this warms my heart in so many ways!’

James also made history when she was named as one of the Top Women of Power in Education by Black Enterprise. She was also listed as one of the Power 100 by Ebony Magazine.

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Dr James has a PhD and master’s degree in organisational psychology from the University of Michigan and she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.

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