Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

• Felicia L. Townsend, assistant dean of recruitment, admissions, and marketing, and director of the Center for Professional Excellence at the Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work in River Forest, Illinois, was elected chair of the marketing communications committee of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.

Townsend is a graduate of DePaul University. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

• Ralph Johnson was named vice president for business and finance at Alabama A&M University. He was vice president for business and finance at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

A certified public accountant, Johnson is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He holds an MBA from Tulane University.

• Elfred A. Pinkard was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the executive director of the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building in Atlanta. Previously he was an administrator at Dillard University, Spelman College, and Paul Quinn College.

Dr. Pinkard is a graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Howard University and an educational doctorate from Harvard University.

• Aristide J. Collins Jr. was appointed senior executive director of board relations and secretary of George Washington University in the nation’s capital. He was vice president for institutional advancement and university relations at Clark Atlanta University.

• Lonnie H. Norris, dean of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine since 1996, announced that he will step down from the post in August 2011. He has been on the Tufts faculty since 1977.

Dr. Norris did his dental training and earned a master’s degree in public health at Harvard University.

• Adele C. Brumfield was appointed director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the associate admissions director at the University of Chicago.

Brumfield is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a master’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University.

• Nigel Alston was appointed executive director for marketing, alumni, and community relations at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. He is vice chair of the board of the Center for Design Innovation and chair of the BBB Education Alliance.

• Ben Vinson III was named vice dean for centers and interdepartmental programs at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He will continue to serve as a professor of history at the university.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Vinson holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

• Eppechal T. Smalls was named vice president for development at Wilberforce University in Ohio. Smalls is a 1998 alumnus of Claflin University where, after graduation, he served as director of the annual fund.