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Professional Staff and Student Support

Dr. Rosevelt E. Noble, ’98, ’03
Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center &
Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competency
Faculty Head of Stambaugh House
Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Originally from Kankakee, Illinois, Rosevelt Noble attended Vanderbilt University as a student from 1994 through 2003.  In 1997, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Sociology and Human & Organizational Development.  In 2003, he completed a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in Sociology with a dissertation entitled, Race Matters: Black Rage in the American Prison System.  A scholar of the American criminal justice system, he has publications pertaining to the interracial dynamics of prison violence, racial disparities in incarceration sentences, and he is currently working on a publication examining racial bias in the jury selection process in capital punishment cases.

In the fall of 2002, he started teaching in the Vanderbilt Department of Sociology as a Senior Lecturer while simultaneously working at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission as the Director of the Workforce Investment Act.  After leaving state government in 2014, he continued teaching at Vanderbilt and became a Senior Fellow at The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt.

His appointment at The Curb Center allowed him to focus more intently on the research project he began in 2006, entitled Lost in the Ivy, which exams the history and experience of African-Americans at Vanderbilt University. To date, he has conducted over 400 interviews with African-Americans affiliated with Vanderbilt ranging from 1966 through 2017 concerning their experience at the university.

In 2007, he married Dr. Kristen Noble (Carter); Vanderbilt class of 2003. They have two beautiful children, Jordan Noble and Rosevelt Noble III.

In addition to serving as Director of the BCC, Dr. Noble also serves as Faculty Head of House in Stambaugh on The Commons, and he continues to teach as a Senior Lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Sociology.

Jeff S. King, B.S., M.E.
Union City, TN
Associate Director

Jeff King was born and raised in Union City, a small town in the northwest corner of Tennessee. Jeff received his B.S. degree in Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University.  After his undergraduate degree, Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as an administrative flight operations specialist, where he routinely scheduled the flights, training, missions, and operations for his squadron.  After leaving the Air Force, Jeff entered higher education as a professional, becoming Director of Housing at Wilberforce University.  After leaving Wilberforce, Jeff completed his M.E. degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  He enjoyed a long tenure in several positions in undergraduate admissions at several universities over the next decade before coming to Vanderbilt University as the Assistant Director and eventually Associate Director of the Black Cultural Center.  Jeff is married to Amanda King, who is a social worker and has one son, Nyukori, and one grandson, Cameron.

Jackie Grant
Administrative Assistant

Jackie Grant joined the staff of the Black Cultural Center in 2008, after relocating from Florida to Tennessee because of her husband’s job.  Before Vanderbilt, Jackie served in various administrative positions with executives in legal and corporate organizations as well as in higher education.  Coming from an Air Force family, Jackie has lived in six different states in the US as well as in the Philippines and Japan.  She is a devoted Christian, wife, and mother of three young adults.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.


Nicole Malveaux
Houston, TX
Assistant Director
M.Div., Vanderbilt University

Nicole Malveaux is the Assistant Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.  A native of Houston, Texas, Nicole attended Fisk University where she received a B.A. in English. After graduating from Fisk University, she worked in Human Resources as a recruiter for Marathon Oil.  Nicole left corporate America to follow her true passion:  working with and inspiring youth. For almost a decade, she worked in secondary education, teaching American and British Literature respectively.

Nicole graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School with a Master of Divinity in 2016, where she was a Cal Turner Fellow. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys Facetiming with her niece, nephew, and mom, traveling and going on foodie adventures with her friends. She is an avid photographer, enjoys writing short stories, and is a voracious reader.


Stephen Nandzo
Nashville, TN
Student Staff
Class of 2019

Charles Spencer
Memphis, TN
Student Staff
Class of 2018

Lauren C. Tillman
Savannah, GA
Graduate Assistant
M.Div. Candidate
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Class of 2019


Abraham Liddell
Ypsilanti, MI
Ph.D. Program in History
Class of 2019

Contact Us

Bishop Joseph Johnson
Black Cultural Center
2301 Vanderbilt Place • POB 351666
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
Office: (615) 322-2524 Fax: (615) 343-4215