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Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy Appointed Holy Names University’s Provost

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Holy Names University has announced the appointment of Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

A native of Raleigh, NC, Smith McKoy comes to Holy Names from Kennesaw State University, where she served as chair of the Department of English. With a background at public institutions as well as large and small private univer­sities, she has held academic leadership positions including academic program director, college diversity officer, and cultural center director.

Smith McKoy has devel­oped programming for Critical Diversity/Social Justice initia­tives including African Ameri­can Studies, Africana Studies, Humanities Bioethics, Latinx Studies, Native Ameri­can Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is known for her extensive scholarship of Africana and the African Diaspora as well as her international engage­ment work in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. She is currently developing a center for international en­gagement in Uganda.

Says Holy Names Presi­dent Michael Groener, “Dr. Smith McKoy’s innovative academic leadership and work as a scholar and social justice advocate make her both a tremendous asset and a fitting choice for Holy Names University.”

A poet, fiction writer, and documentary filmmaker, Smith McKoy is currently co-editing “Teaching Literature and Writ­ing in Prisons” for the Mod­ern Language Association and “Yemonja Awakening: Recov­ering the African Feminine Di­vine in Literature, the Arts, and Practice” for Lexington Press. Smith McKoy holds a BA from North Carolina State Univer­sity, an MA from the Univer­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a PhD from Duke Uni­versity.

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