• Loury Ollison Floyd, assistant professor of education at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, was appointed student coordinator for the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children.

• Opeoluwa Fawole, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, was selected for participation in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. Fawole, who is majoring in microbiology, is conducting research on the genetics of a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes that can cause severe cases of malaria.

• Claude G. Perkins was named acting president of Virginia Union University, the historically black educational institution in Richmond. Perkins recently retired as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school at Albany State University in Georgia. He formerly served as assistant superintendent of the Richmond public school system.

Dr. Perkins holds a master’s degree in economics education from Purdue University and a doctorate from Ohio University.

• Michael K. Herndon was named director of summer sessions at Virginia Tech. He was serving as director of undergraduate programs in the university’s department of interdisciplinary studies.

A graduate of Howard University, Herndon earned an educational doctorate at Virginia Tech.

• Rudolph Crew was named professor of clinical education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Dr. Crew is the former head of the public school systems in New York City and Miami, Florida.

A graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Crew holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

• Michael H. Casson was named interim dean of the Office of Graduate Studies at Delaware State University. For the past seven years Dr. Casson has been on the faculty of the university’s College of Business.

Dr. Casson is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in agriculture and resource economics from the University of Connecticut.