• Anna Hammond was named chief of staff to Donna Oliver, president of Mississippi Valley State University. Dr. Hammond was interim provost, vice president for academic affairs, and associate professor of education at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida.

A graduate of Chicago State University, Dr. Hammond holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and an educational doctorate from National-Louis University in Chicago.

• Kacie Blalock, assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, was elected chair of the North Carolina State Rehabilitation Council.

• Debora Johnson-Ross was named associate dean of academic affairs at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. She is an associate professor of political science and international studies at the college.

Professor Johnson-Ross is a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Ph.D from the University of South Carolina.

• Joseph Monroe, dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, announced that he will retire at the end of the current academic year after more than 20 years of service to the university.

Dr. Monroe is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University.