Susan Hester was promoted to executive assistant to the chancellor at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Hester has been an administrator at the university for more than a decade, most recently as associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement.

Wayne J. Riley, president of Meharry Medical College, was appointed to the board of directors of Pinnacle Financial Partners.

A graduate of Yale University, Riley holds an MBA from Rice University, a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University, and a medical doctorate from Morehouse School of Medicine.

Eric Williams was appointed director of the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program at Virginia Tech. He was director of student support services at Radford University.

Williams is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a master’s degree in student personnel from Kent State University and an educational doctorate from Virginia Tech.