I am pleased to share with you that, after an extensive search, Donte McFadden, PhD, has accepted our offer to serve as Director of the Distinguished Visiting Scholars, effective September 6, 2022.
A leader, educator, mentor and administrator, Donte comes to UB after serving as the Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Research and High Impact Practices for the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University. In this role, he served as the Director of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Prior to that he held other leadership roles with the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette, including Interim Director, Associate Director and Student Advisor.
Donte received his PhD in English with an emphasis in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned a master’s degree in English and a BFA/BA in Film/Film Studies also from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Donte is co-founder of Black Lens, a showcase for African American filmmakers as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival.
I extend my thanks to search committee co-chairs Theresa McCarthy and Luis Colón, associate deans for inclusive excellence, and all of the members of the search committee for their extraordinary service. I also want to thank DVS scholars from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 cohorts for their participation in our efforts to recruit such an exceptional candidate.
We look forward to the expertise and leadership that Donte will bring to UB as the Director of the Distinguished Visiting Scholars and the impact of this important work across the College.
Please join me in welcoming Donte to the College.