Lonnie Wilkinson was promoted to dean of the school of architecture at Southern University at Baton Rouge. Wilkinson, an assistant professor, was serving as interim dean.

Pamela P. Dale Shaw was promoted to assistant provost at Purdue University. Since coming to Purdue in 2003, Shaw has been the director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

A graduate of Purdue, Shaw holds a master’s degree in public health and a doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Kentucky.

Betty Kelly Austin was named director of athletics at Alabama A&M University. A graduate of the university, Austin is an assistant professor of health, physical education, and recreation, as well as the head coach of the women’s volleyball team.

Freddie L. Parker, professor of history at North Carolina Central University, was reappointed by Governor Mike Easley to a five-year term as a member of the North Carolina Historical Commission. Professor Parker is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and also holds a master’s degree from that institution. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.