Dorothy Bland was appointed full professor and director of the division of journalism at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Bland has been a reporter and newspaper executive for Gannett. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University and holds an MBA from George Washington University.

James Earl Lyons Sr. was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley as head of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. For the past eight years, Dr. Lyons has served as president of California State University at Dominguez Hills. He previously was president of Jackson State University in Mississippi and Bowie State University in Maryland.

Michael A. James was named director of information technology at Florida A&M University. He was the university registrar.