Furman news about the $800,000 grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation caught the attention of Paul Hyde of The Greenville News. The grant will support eight new faculty positions targeted for areas of anticipated growth at Furman–communication studies, Middle East and Islamic studies, Latin American studies, and African American and African diaspora studies, as explained by Furman Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost George Shields. Hyde mentions Furman’s statement that it will welcome its “most diverse freshman class ever” this fall. He also reports on the appointment of Furman’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Michael Jennings, who assumed the role July 10.
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The award is part of a larger $20 million NSF grant that harnesses the collective research and expertise of 10 South Carolina universities.