Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

• Marc Lamont Hill was appointed associate professor of English education and anthropology at Teachers College at Columbia University. He was an assistant professor of urban education and American studies at Temple University.

• Clovis E. Semmes was named director of the black studies program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For the past 20 years he has been a professor of African-American studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

Dr. Semmes holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

• Neil Henry was named dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as dean on an interim basis since 2007. He has been a faculty member at Berkeley since 1993.

Dean Henry is a graduate of Princeton University. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University.

• Daniel T. Blue Jr. was named chair of the board of trustees of Duke University. He is the first African American to serve in the position. The managing partner of a Raleigh law firm, he is a long-serving member of the North Carolina state legislature.

Blue is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and Duke Law School.

• T. Avery Walton was appointed managing director of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission at the University of Arkansas. He has had a 23-year career with the Procter & Gamble company.

Walton holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas.

• Kami Chavis Simmons was promoted from assistant to associate professor at the Wake Forest School of Law. She has been on the law school faculty since 2006.

Simmons is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School.