Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University, was elected to the board of Howard University, the historically black educational institution in Washington, D.C.

Modupe Gloria Labode was named assistant professor of history and public scholar in African-American history and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. She was the chief historian at the Colorado Historical Society.

Lenora Ashford, principal of Detroit’s Lewis Cass Technical High School, was appointed to an eight-year term on the board of control for Michigan Technological University.

Ashford is a graduate of Central State University and holds a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

Ngonidzashe Munemo was appointed assistant professor of political science at Williams College in Massachusetts. A graduate of Bard College, he holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in comparative politics from Columbia University.

Sally Dickson was named associate vice provost for student affairs at Stanford University. Dickson was associate vice provost for faculty development at Stanford.

Lynette A. Redd was appointed director of multicultural alumni programs at Virginia Tech. She was the director of alumni affairs at West Virginia State University.

Redd is a graduate of Mercy College and holds a master’s degree from Marshall University.

Maurice Cox, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, was appointed to a two-year term as director for design for the National Endowment for the Arts. Professor Cox had been on the faculty at UVA since 1993.