Carole Boyce Davies Named Chair at Cornell

ALA Member, Prof. Carole Boyce Davies, of Africana Studies and English at Cornell, Past-President of ALA, has been named to the Frank H.T. Rhodes Chair of Humane Letters.

Rhodes was president of Cornell, 1977-95.

"During his tenure as president, the percentage of minority students grew from 8 percent in 1977 to 28 percent in 1994. The number of women and minority members of the faculty more than doubled. In the final years of his presidency a capital campaign raised $1.5 billion. In 1995 the building that houses what was then known as the Cornell Theory Center was named Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall. Cornell also has a professorship honoring Rhodes; Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 University Professors are appointed to three-year terms. In 2010, the University also created new postgraduate student fellowships named after Rhodes to support students committed to the field of public interest law, and enable them to gain in-depth experience in work on behalf of the poor, the elderly, the homeless, and those deprived of civil rights."