• Shirley Robinson Pippins, president of Suffolk County Community College in New York, has accepted an appointment to become senior vice president of the American Council on Education in Washington. When appointed in 2003 Pippins was the first woman and first African American to serve as president of the college.

• Chad Simmons was named associate vice president for human resources for University of Iowa Health Care, which includes the university’s Carver College of Medicine. Simmons was an associate director of human resources for Kraft Foods.

Simmons is a graduate of Morehouse College and holds an MBA from the University of Iowa.

• Lamont M. Hinson was appointed sports information director at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was assistant sports information director at Fayetteville State University.

Hinson is a graduate of Fayetteville State University. He holds a master’s degree in sports management and an MBA from Barry University in Miami, Florida.

• Freddie L. Parker, professor of history at North Carolina Central University in Durham, was appointed by Governor Mike Easley to the North Carolina African-American Heritage Commission.

Dr. Parker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina Central University. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.