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Beasley named interim director of African American Studies Program

APSU officials have named a professor and proven administrator as interim director of the African American Studies Program.

Dr. Lou Beasley will take the helm of the program Jan. 1, 2005, replacing Dr. Nancy Dawson.

Beasley earned her Ph.D. from the University of Denver School of Social Work. Her M.S. in Social Work is from the University of Tennessee, and her bachelors in social administration is from Tennessee State University. She is a graduate of Harvard Universitys Management Development Program for College and University Administrators.
APSU officials have named a professor and proven administrator as interim director of the African American Studies Program.

Dr. Lou Beasley will take the helm of the program Jan. 1, 2005, replacing Dr. Nancy Dawson.

Beasley earned her Ph.D. from the University of Denver School of Social Work. Her M.S. in Social Work is from the University of Tennessee, and her bachelor's in social administration is from Tennessee State University. She is a graduate of Harvard University's Management Development Program for College and University Administrators.

A professor of social work, Beasley served from July 2002 until July 2004 as interim dean of APSU's College of Graduate Studies. From July 2002-May 2003, she also was interim chair of the department of sociology and social work. In 1999-2002, Beasley was professor and dean of APSU's College of Human Services and Nursing.

Prior experience before she joined the APSU faculty included work on the faculty and/or administration of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta and the University of Tennessee. She also has been a state social worker and child welfare worker.

According to Beasley, she agreed to serve as interim director of APSU's African American Studies Program to provide continuity until a new director is appointed.

“I identified positively with the program,” Beasley said, “And I look forward to working with the students and faculty to assure the quality of the program continues.”

Beasley has a distinguished record of professional activities. Since 2002, she has served on the board of directors of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Urban League. She recently was president of the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. She is on the Council on Social Work Education, the International Council on Social Development, Black Child Development Institute and the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare.

In 1992-95, she was on the Advisory Committee on Minorities of the Council of Graduate Schools. She worked on the executive committee of the Council of Deans of Historically Black Graduate Schools during 1991-95.

Among her illustrious past accomplishments, Beasley was Tennessee's delegate to the White House Conference on Families and a member of the Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect of the National Bar Association. In the 1970s, she was a member of a team of six who went to Vietnam to study the population of children who were refugees or orphans as a result of the Vietnamese War. This committee founded the Inter-Agency Vietnam Adoption Agency.

In addition to her many honors and awards, Beasley has an extensive listing of scholarly publications and presentations, and she has been the principal investigator for several funded grants.

Dr. James Diehr, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said, “We are pleased Dr. Lou Beasley accepted the position of interim director of our minor in African American Studies. She has had a long and distinguished career in administration and higher education.

“Professor Beasley is revered for her devotion to education and the many important social issues she has championed.”
—Dennie Burke