Leonard L. Haynes III was appointed executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Since 2003 he has been serving as the director of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Haynes has taught at Howard University, the University of Maryland, and several other institutions.

A graduate of Southern University, Dr. Haynes holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Ohio State University.

George E. Curry, a syndicated newspaper columnist, was appointed chair of the board of trustees of Knoxville College, the historically black educational institution in Tennessee. Curry is a 1970 graduate of the college.

William A. Darity Jr. was named the Arts and Sciences Professor of Public Policy Studies at the Terry Sanford Institute at Duke University. Professor Darity previously held an endowed chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professor Darity holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.

Wanda L. Nelson was promoted to associate vice president for pre-college youth development and student diversity initiatives at the University of Texas. She was assistant vice president for outreach centers.

• Kimberly Godwin, senior producer for the CBS Evening News, was elected to the board of visitors of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. She graduated from the FAMU journalism school in 1984.

• Kendall T. Harris was named dean of the College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He was an associate professor of mechanical engineering and an associate dean.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Dean Harris holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Mississippi.

• Nuriyah Angela Boné-Owens was appointed interim assistant director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research at Colgate University. She is the founding CEO of a consulting firm.