Appointments, Promotions & Retirements

• Muriel A. Howard was named president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Since 1996 Howard has been president of Buffalo State College, a division of the State University of New York.

Dr. Howard is a graduate of Richmond College. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University at Buffalo.

• Sherry Tshibangu, assistant professor of business administration at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, was elected to serve on the membership committee of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

• Frances Graham, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University, was named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2009-10 academic year.

• Aaron Flagg, a jazz trumpeter, was named dean of the Hartt School of music at the University of Hartford. He was executive director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, New York.

Flagg is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan.

• Charlena M. Seymour was appointed provost and chief academic officer of Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Seymour is a graduate of Howard University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in speech and hearing science from Ohio State University.

• Shonda McLaughlin was named associate professor of rehabilitation counseling and case management at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. She was acting chief of quality assurance and federal compliance for the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the District of Columbia.

Dr. McLaughlin holds a master’s degree from Fort Valley State University and a doctorate in rehabilitation research and education from the University of Arkansas.