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Phylicia Rashad becomes Howard University dean of fine arts

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Phylicia Rashad

Howard University grad and actress Phylicia Rashad will return to the institution as the Dean of Howard’s Fine Arts College.

Known as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” to a generation of audience members, Rashad will become the dean of the Historically Black University’s newly reestablished college of fine arts.

“It is an honor to welcome one of Howard’s acclaimed daughters back home to her Alma Mater,” said the university’s Provost, Anthony K. Wutoh in a statement. “In this full-circle moment, Ms. Phylicia Rashad will take the training and skills that she honed as a student at Howard and exuded in an outstanding performing career, and she will share those pearls of wisdom with the next generation of students in the College of Fine Arts. Her passion for the arts and student success makes her a perfect fit for this role.”

The nationwide search for the position began before the decision to appoint Rashad, to the position.

“I never saw myself as a dean,” said Rashad in an interview with Variety. “But then, I’ve never thought of myself as many things that I’ve been. “It’s a privilege to be a part of reestablishing the College of Fine Arts, to engage with the administration, the faculty, the students, the alumni, as well as artists around the country. It’s exciting to think about building towards a future with a College of Fine Arts and Howard University.”