Lileana Blain-Cruz ’06
Sarkis Delimelkon

LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ ’06 received an Obie Award, which recognizes Off-Broadway productions, for directing The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, a satire that explores archetypes of black America.

DWIGHT MCBRIDE ’90 was named provost and executive vice president of academic affairs of Emory University. McBride, a professor of African American studies, English, and performance studies, was formerly dean of Northwestern University’s graduate school and associate provost for graduate education.

RYANN MANNING ’01 received the Harvard Business School Dean’s Award for her work in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. She co-founded a charity dedicated to improving health care for children and mothers. 

CARMEN TWILLIE AMBAR *94, president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., was named president of Oberlin College. She is the first black leader in the institution’s 184-year history.