Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

• M. Brian Blake was appointed professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean for strategic initiatives at the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Blake was director of graduate studies in computer science at Georgetown University.

Dr. Blake is a 1994 graduate of Georgia Tech. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Mercer University and a Ph.D. in information and software engineering from George Mason University.

• Patricia Sims was promoted to dean of instructional and student services at Drake State Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama. She has been an administrator at the college since 2002.

Dr. Sims is a graduate of the University of West Alabama. She holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Alabama A&M University and an educational doctorate from Vanderbilt University.

• Charles P. Austin was named dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the city manager for Columbia.

Dr. Austin is a graduate of South Carolina State University. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and a second master’s degree in divinity from the Erskine Theological Seminary. He earned a doctorate in pastoral ministry from Central Christian University of South Carolina.

• Robert Payne Jr. was appointed professor of aerospace studies and commander of the Air Force ROTC detachment at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He was the operations officer for the 741st Missile Squadron at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

• Denis G. Antoine was named executive director of international programs and exchange at the University of the District of Columbia. He formerly served as the Grenadian ambassador to the United States.

• William B. Smith Jr. is the new director of residential education at Delaware State University in Dover. He was the associate vice president of residential education at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University.

• James A. Wilson Jr. was appointed director of the honors program at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Previously he served as an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas and Wake Forest University.

Dr. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He holds master’s degrees from Cornell University and Princeton University and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton.

• Carol Wayne White was promoted to full professor of religion at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. White has been on the Bucknell faculty since 1993.

A graduate of Loyola College, Dr. White holds a master’s degree from the Andover Newton Theological School and a Ph.D. in religion from the University of Denver.