Howard University alum and renowned actress Phylicia Rashad is spreading her wings in training as the newly appointed dean of the school’s re-established College of Fine Arts.
The school announced Rashad’s new position at their alma mater on Wednesday after a nationwide search for the right candidate. The actress For Colored Girls will take up her new role as Dean on July 1, 2021 and report to Provost Anthony K. Wutoh.
“It is an honor to have one of Howard’s celebrated daughters home at Alma Mater,” said Wutoh in a statement. “At this full circle moment, Ms. Phylicia Rashad will take on the education and skills she acquired as a student at Howard and produced in a stellar acting career, and she will share these pearls of wisdom with the next generation of college students of fine arts. Her passion for art and student success makes her perfect for the role. “
Since earning a BA in Fine Arts from the prestigious HBCU, Rashad has become a household name, having starred in famous roles including Claire Huxtable on the Cosby Show, Gilda in For Colored Girls, and Lena Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. IMDB. Her recent work has included portrayals of NBC’s hit drama series This Is Us, the Fox TV series Empire, the Oscar-winning cartoon Soul, and the Netflix Christmas musical Jingle Jangle.
Actress Phylicia Rashad at the Women of Power Summit 2017 (Black Enterprise)
While she’s still very busy securing the work on screen, Rashad is more than delighted to be returning as an alumnus and providing guidance to the next generation of entertainers who come from Howard.
“It is a privilege to serve in this capacity, working with the administration, faculty, and students of Howard University to rebuild the College of Fine Arts,” said Rashad.
In the past she has returned to the school to serve as a visiting professor and an additional faculty member. The school president praised her new role within the HBCU.
“I can’t think of a better person to serve in this role than Ms. Phylicia Rashad,” said Wayne AI Frederick, MD, MBA, president of Howard University. “Given Ms. Rashad’s reputation, skills and impressive track record, she will no doubt enable the college to exceed even our incredibly high expectations. Under her leadership, Howard will continue to inspire and nurture the artists and leaders who will shape our niche and national cultures for generations to come. “