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Professional Staff

Dr. Rosevelt L. Noble, ’98, ’03
Assistant Dean of Residential Colleges
Director of the Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center
Faculty Head of Stambaugh House
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

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, Noble 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.


ReChard Peel
Assistant Director of the Black Cultural Center

ReChard is the Assistant Director in the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. Originally form Gary Indiana, ReChard received his Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. He studied African American Studies and earned a certificate in entrepreneurship. He later attended Grand Valley State University where he received a Master’s in College Student Affairs leadership. He is currently a doctoral student at Indiana State University Pursuing a PHD in Higher education leadership.

Prior to working for the Black Cultural Center, ReChard worked at the 1 year at the University of Notre Dame, and 3 years at Vanderbilt’s Student Center for Social Justice and Identity. ReChard has continuously had a passion for higher education, student success, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. He also has a deep appreciation for Black history, and black culture. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. He is an avid reader, writer, a spoken word poet, and visual artist, who loves to use creativity to highlight black identity and culture.


Jackie Grant
Administrative Assistant for the Black Cultural Center

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.