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Sidney A. Ribeau is the 16th president of Howard University and the sixth African American to serve as its chief executive officer.
Since taking office in August 2008, Ribeau
has initiated a comprehensive academic renewal for all 170 plus programs; initiated $150 million facilities renewal initiative; improved the University's infrastructure and business operations; expanded the university's international footprint; solidified its legacy of leadership and service; and enhanced its research capabilities, particularly in the STEM disciplines.
Before coming to Howard University, Ribeau served as the president of Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, OH. Ribeau holds a B.S. degree from Wayne State University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Interpersonal and Group Communication from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
In 1976, he joined the California State University Los Angeles faculty as a professor of communication studies.
He received accolades as an outstanding instructor and student adviser, and, in 1984, he was named the chair of the university's Pan African Studies Department-a position that he held until 1987 when he was named dean of Undergraduate Studies on the university's San Bernardino campus.
Three years later, Ribeau was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo campus, and, in 1992, he was named vice president for Academic Affairs on the university's Pomona campus.
He currently serves on the board of directors for a number of additional organizations, including the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund, Worthington Industries, the Association of Governing Boards, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium of University Presidents.
has received distinguished alumnus awards from Wayne State University and the University of Illinois; scholarly recognition from the National Communication Association; the President's Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
and was named the 2012 Educator of the Year by the World Affairs Council