Charles Greene was named executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was the director of community and economic development in the office of U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Greene is a graduate of Virginia Union University. He has done graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania.

Cheryl Dozier was appointed associate provost for institutional diversity at the University of Georgia. She was the assistant vice president for academic affairs at the Gwinnett campus of the university. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dozier holds a master’s of social work degree from Atlanta University and a doctorate in social work from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

E. Anthony Rankin, clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Howard University College of Medicine and clinical associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, was elected second vice president of the board of directors of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Under the organization’s rules, Dr. Rankin will become first vice president in 2007, and in 2008 will become the first African American to lead the organization.

Michael Powell was elected rector of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In this position he chairs the board of visitors, the institution’s main governing body. Powell is the first African American to hold the post in the college’s 313-year history.

Powell, the son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, is a 1985 graduate of William and Mary. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University and served for seven years on the Federal Communications Commission, the last four as chairman.

Cheryl Burgan Evans was named director of graduate student diversity programs at the University of Virginia. She was associate dean of the graduate school and an associate professor of family studies and social work at Miami University of Ohio.

Maurice Daniels assumed duty as dean of the school of social work at the University of Georgia. A member of the faculty since 1979, Daniels was serving as the associate dean of social work. He holds a master’s of social work degree and an educational doctorate from Indiana University.