Jalane Schmidt was appointed an assistant professor of religion at the University of Virginia. She was an instructor at Oberlin College in Ohio.

A graduate of Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, Schmidt holds a master’s degree in divinity and a Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University.

Anne L. Taylor was named vice dean for academic affairs at the Columbia University School of Medicine. She was a professor of medicine and associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

A graduate of Hofstra University, she completed her medical training at the University of Chicago. Her primary research interest is cardiovascular disease in women and minorities.

Marian W. Smith, a professor of education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, was appointed to the Commission on the Development and Preparation for Teaching the Whole Child of the Association of Teacher Educators. Professor Smith has been on the faculty at FAMU since 1991.

Terrence Williams, vice president of human resources for the New York Times Regional Media Group, was elected to the board of visitors of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Williams is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and holds a master’s degree from Troy State University.