1990's Milestones: Alumni Achievements

Peter O. Nwosu, Ph.D. 1990, is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Clark Atlanta University. He also is a tenured professor, an American Council on Education Fellow and a graduate of the Institutes for Higher Education at Harvard University. Nwosu previously served as associate vice president for academic programs at California State University–Fullerton. He’s written three books and has appeared in scholarly publications more than 80 times.

Olu K. Orange, B.A. 1995, J.D. 1998, is a top attorney in Los Angeles, California, who handles civil rights, probate and class action litigation in state and federal courts. Orange is a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award winner in the Civil Rights category, as featured in California Lawyer magazine. He has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in civil rights cases and successfully litigated complex probate matters for iconic entertainers’ estates, including high-profile cases of clients in Los Angeles-involved police shootings.

Orange is also a faculty member and director of the Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Southern California, where he has taught since authoring the instructional trial advocacy curriculum in 2001. Since 2006, Orange also has taught as invited faculty for Harvard Law School’s annual winter session clinical trial advocacy course.

Nathan Bovelle, B.B.A. 1991, M.S.W. 1997, is the deputy executive director for operations for the D.C. Housing Authority. Bovelle oversees the D.C. Housing Authority’s $70 million public housing program, one of the largest in the nation. His responsibilities include operating a network of homes, community facilities and educational, recreational and employment initiatives. Prior to his appointment at the D.C. Housing Authority, Bovelle worked in the claims department at GEICO Insurance Co. for 12 years. He also served as the co-chair of the Social Responsibility Committee, where he helped to facilitate public and private partnerships with GEICO and D.C. Public Schools.

Bovelle continues to mentor young men through the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He attributes his success to Howard University. “The education and training that I received at Howard University has provided me with the necessary tools for me to excel both professionally and personally,” he said. “The real world experiences that I received through internships and field placement courses were invaluable. I continue to rely on what I learned while at Howard University to this day.”

Keon T. Holmes, B.S.E.E. 1998, has been elected chairman of the Lasell College Board of Trustees. He is a managing director with Cambridge Associates, a provider of independent investment advice and research to institutional investors and private clients worldwide.

M. Themba Masimini, B.S. 1999, is the deputy director of recreation services at the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. He has direct oversight of 76 recreation centers, 11 indoor pools, 19 outdoor pools and more than 300 parks in the department’s inventory. Masimini also leads all programmatic offerings within the department. Before joining the team, he spent more than 15 years in public education. Most recently, he was the director for student discipline and school climate in the District of Columbia Public School system, where he helped the district achieve historic decreases in out-of-school suspension.

Masimini is a Bison through and through and part of a legacy of Bison. His grandfather, great aunt, mother, uncle, older and younger brothers also are Bison. During his time at Howard, he won two Black College National Championships as a member of the Bison football team.

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