African-American Culture Gets One More Advocate

Nathan Stephens, was announced Tuesday as the new director of the center of African-American culture at the University of Illinois.

An administrator who has experience of working with the centers of African-American culture at three different universities is going to become  the next director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African-American Cultural Center.



Nathan Stephens was the director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.


The new head of the center of African-American culture will start working on Jan. 9. Stephens’ salary will make $63,000 a year.




At the moment the center has great plans for the future: the new building will be opened next year – the $4.9 million project is funded via donations, student fees and institutional funds. We join Renee Romano, vice chancellor for student affairs, in hoping that Stephens will help move the UI’s African-American Cultural Center to “the next level of excellence.”

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