Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

• Barbara W. Ballard, a Kansas state representative and associate director of civic engagement and outreach at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, was elected president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Dr. Ballard, who has been an administrator at the University of Kansas for more than 30 years, is a graduate of Webster University in St. Louis. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

• Helen T. McAlpine, president of Drake State Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama, was named by President Barack Obama to the board of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. McAlpine is a graduate of Talladega College. She holds a master’s degree from Jacksonville State University and a doctorate from the University of Alabama.

• Lisa Barkley was appointed assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She was associate vice president for health and wellness and the founding dean of the College of Health and Public Policy at Delaware State University.

Dr. Barkley is a graduate of Georgetown University and Temple University College of Medicine.

• Adrian Fenty, who recently completed a term as mayor of Washington, D.C., was named a distinguished visiting professor of politics at Oberlin College.

Fenty is a 1992 graduate of Oberlin College and earned a law degree at Howard University.

• Patricia Maryland was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the board of trustees of Central Michigan University. Dr. Maryland is president and CEO of St. John Health Systems.

Maryland is a graduate of Alabama State University. She has a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.

• Sonja A. Bennett is the new assistant vice president for communications and marketing at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She was associate vice president of marketing and communications at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bennett holds a bachelor's degree in communication from Indiana University and an MBA from Strayer University.

• Ernest Morrell was appointed director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College of Columbia University. He has been serving as an associate professor of urban schooling and associate director of the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Morrell is a 1993 graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in language, literature and culture from the University of California at Berkeley.

• Seth Ablordeppy, director of the basic science division at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, was appointed interim dean of the college.

Dr. Ablordeppy is a graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi.

• Clarence Lang, an assistant professor of African-American studies and history at the University of Illinois, was named the 2011 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas. He is teaching two courses this semester.

Dr. Lang is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He earned a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois.