November 13, 2009
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Africare President Coles named 2010 Rachel B. Noel visiting professor
Julius E. Cole
Metropolitan State College of Denver has announced Africare president Julius E. Coles as the visiting professor for a series of events for the 2010 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship to be held Feb. 21-24, 2010. The theme is Education: Impacting Our Global Community.
Coles has been president of Africare, a nonprofit that provides development assistance in Africa, since mid-June 2002. An Africare supporter since the organization's beginning, Coles served as a board member from 1997 until assuming the presidency. From 1997 to 2002, he was the director of Morehouse College's Andrew Young Center for International Affairs. He served as the director of Howard University's Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center from 1994 to 1997.
Most of Coles' previous career, spanning some 28 years, was as a senior official with the United States Agency for International Development. He was mission director in Swaziland and Senegal and served in Vietnam, Morocco, Liberia, Nepal and Washington, D.C. Coles retired from the U.S. government's foreign service in 1994 with the rank of career minister.
The Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1981 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State College of Denver. The professorship brings renowned scholars and artists of distinction to Metro State to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.