• Makola Abdullah was appointed dean of the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology, and Agriculture at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Abdullah has been on the faculty at the university since 1996.

Dr. Abdullah earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering at Northwestern University. He is the youngest African American to receive an engineering doctorate at Northwestern.

• Mechelle English was named senior director of development for the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. She was vice president for institutional advancement at South Carolina State University.

English is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has done graduate work at the University of Oklahoma and Georgia Tech.

• Ray Mobley, an associate professor of animal science at Florida A&M University,  was reappointed to the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Mobley is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He holds a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and a degree in veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University.

• John W. Garland, president of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, was appointed to the governing board of the Edison Materials Technology Center in Kettering, Ohio. The center is a nonprofit organization that works to develop business strategies to bring new technologies to the marketplace.