• Ronald D. Blanton, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Blanton is a graduate of Calvin College. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan.

• Josephine Allen, the first black woman to earn tenure at Cornell University, assumed the title of professor emerita in the College of Human Ecology. Dr. Allen, who has been on the Cornell faculty since 1977, is a graduate of Vassar College. She earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan.

• Tommy Stevenson, assistant dean of diversity programs and student development at the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University, was named president-elect of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates.

Dr. Stevenson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University. He earned an educational doctorate from Bowling Green State University.

• Doris Nyaga was appointed pre-awards coordinator for the Office of External Affairs at Fort Valley State University. Her duties will be to help faculty pursue grant funding.

Nyaga is a graduate of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. She is currently studying for a master’s degree at Georgia State University.

• Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, associate vice president for enrollment management and director of scholarships and student aid at Syracuse University, was elected to a two-year term as chair of the board of trustees of The College Board.

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Copeland-Morgan holds an MBA from the University of La Verne.