• Myron K. Lawson was elected chair of the Southern University System board of supervisors. Lawson, an insurance broker and graduate of Southern University, had been serving as vice chair of the board.

• Beverly McIver was named a visiting professor of art at North Carolina Central University in Durham for the Spring 2008 semester. She has served as an associate professor of art at Arizona State University for the past five years.

McIver, an award-winning painter, is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. She holds a master’s of fine arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.

• Julius W. Becton Jr. was appointed to the board of trustees of the American Public University System. The system provides online higher education to more than 27,000 civilian and military personnel across the globe.

A retired Army lieutenant general with 40 years of military service, Becton previously served as president of Prairie View A&M University.

• William Hayes was named director of athletics at Florida A&M University. He was the director of intercollegiate athletics at North Carolina Central University in Durham.